Luminescent Materials Laboratory

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Luminescent Materials Laboratory

The laboratory is suited to perform synthesis of materials with well-designed luminescent properties. Next a comprehensive characterization of their luminescent properties and a composition analysis can be made. These materials have applications in various areas, from modern lighting (e.g. of LED type), through anti-counterfeiting marking, to advanced medical technologies. The Luminescent Materials Laboratory consists of modern equipped laboratories of Organic Synthesis, Inorganic Synthesis, Special Synthesis Methods and Clean Synthesis. In these laboratories there is possible to synthesize organic compounds, rare earth based complexes and materials as well as nanoparticles. An available equipment allows to carry out reactions in solution or in solid phase using a conventional thermal heating or microwave irradiation, at reduced or elevated pressure. Microwave reactors allow to perform up to 10 reactions at the same time. Glove boxes allow to obtain compounds requiring an inert atmosphere during the synthesis. A preparation of different samples, as for example industrial samples, pharmaceutical, or environmental ones for analysis can be performed using a multi- task apparatus for the extraction, spray drying, vacuum drying and lyophilization. A post reaction heat-treatment can be performed in high-temperature furnaces. A full spectroscopic characterization of obtained substances can be made in Optical Spectroscopy Laboratory, which is a part of Luminescent Materials Laboratory. A quantitative analysis of the materials composition can be carried out in Quantitative Analysis Laboratory, which is equipped with an optical emission spectrometer with inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES) and atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS).


  • synthesis of compounds with defined luminescent properties, as for example a wide emission range, characteristic and unique emission spectra,
  • preparation of different samples (industrial, pharmaceutical, environmental) for analysis by ICP-OES or AAS methods,
  • synthesis of organic compounds



  • MICROWAVE REACTORS, emitting a homogeneous microwave field, have possibility of temperature, heating power and pressure programming; they can be air cooled, – a low-pressure microwave reactor, model RotoSYNTH (Milestone Inc.) gives an opportunity to perform a reaction both in liquid and solid phase at reduced pressure, and at microwave power to 1200 W, – a high-pressure microwave reactor, model MicroSYNTH (Milestone Inc.) gives a possibility to conduct up to 10 reactions at the same time, equipped with pressure vessels of a capacity of 35 mL and maximum working pressure to 30 bar, and a microwave power to 1600 W.


  • HIGH-PRESSURE REACTORS FOR SYNTHESES, models 4575B and 4576B (Parr Instruments) – with a capacity of 250 and 500 mL, maximum working pressure to 345 bar and temperature of 500°C, equipped with a mechanical stirrer.


  • GLOVE BOXES, I.A. GLOVE BOX WITH 4 OPERATE GLOVES, model Unilab Pro Eco SP 2000/78 (M. Braun Inertgas-Systeme GmbH) – designed do work under oxygen and water-free atmosphere, and equipped with a Leica M60 microscope.


  • AUTOMATIC SOXHLET EXTRACTOR, model B-811 (Büchi Labortechnik AG) – constructed from four independent working stations to perform parallel extraction from different kind of solid and half-solid matrixes, allows to conduct a process (a drying phase) under an inert atmosphere, is intended i.a. for assay substances in various industrial and environmental samples.


  • SPRAY DRYER, model B-290 (Büchi Labortechnik AG) is dedicated for drainage of products in the form of a solution to the form of a powder, can be used in a food industry to prepare for example a powdered milk, in a pharmaceutical industry to dry extracts as well as in cosmetic and chemical industries.


  • LYOPHILIZER, model Alpha 2-4 LDPlus (Martin Christ Gefriertrocknungsanlagen GmbH) is intended for lyophilization of biological materials, food, pharmacological products, precipitates, chemical products and archaeological materials.


  • HIGH TEMPERATURE FURNACES: – compact high-temperature chamber furnaces, model LHT 8/18/P310 (Nabertherm), with a maximum working temperature up to 1800 °C and a capacity of 8 L, – muffle furnaces, models: L9/12/P330, L15/13/P330, L24/12/P330 (Nabertherm), with a maximum working temperature up to 1300 °C and a capacity from 9 to 24 L.


  • ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROMETER, model SavantAA S (GBC) is dedicated to the analysis of elements in the spectral range from 185 to 900 nm, possesses 8 fully automated lamps and provides a programmable control of the flame.


JCdr JOANNA CYBIŃSKA (Head of the laboratory)


  • e-mail:
  • phone no.: (48) 717347104
  • room: 3.02 (building 3)

Bibliographic info: 

  • publications: 56
  • index h: 13
  • imp f: 196.379     

International research

Fellowships and abroad associates:

  • Marie Curie Actions: Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal/2004
  • Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany /2008
  • Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany /2009-2011  

Research experience and interest:

  • Synthesis of luminescent single crystals doped with rare earth ions; in absolutely anhydrous conditions and by using Bridgeman and solid state reaction methods
  • Phosphors for White Light Emitting Diodes (WLEDs)
  • Synthesis nanosized inorganic materials using different technique including the microwave assisted solvothermal method and hydrothermal method
  • Synthesis of nanoscale phosphors doped with lanthanide ions using ionic liquids
  • Luminescent Ionic Liquids

Other scientific activities:

  • Organisation of conferences and edition of scientific journals:
  • Scientific secretatary : ESTE 2010, REMAT 2013, ICL2014, ESTE 2016
  • Handling Editor Optical Materials 2005-2014
  • Guest Editor: Optical Materials (2010), J. of Rare Earth (2013), Procedia Physics (2015), J. Luminescence (2015, 2016)



  • e-mail:
  • phone no.: (48) 717347152
  • room: 3.07 (building 3)

Bibliographic info:

  • publications: 10
  • patents and patents applications : 2

International research

Fellowships and abroad associates:

  • Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warszawa, Poland, 2011
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA, 2016-2017
  • Stockholms universitet, Sztokholm, Sweden, 2017

Research experience and activities:

  • PhD Thesis: “Coordination polymers based on phosphonic acids – design, synthesis and structural characterization”, Wrocław University of Technology, 2016
  • leader of a research project financed by the National Science Centre „Projektowanie, otrzymywanie i właściwości nowych materiałów hybrydowych opartych na kwasach pirydylofosfonowych”, PRELUDIUM-1, 2011-2014

Research interest:

  • organic synthesis, especially in synthesis of phosphonic acids
  • hydro/solvothermal synthesis of coordination polymers
  • determination of crystal structures of small molecules such as organic ligands and metal complexes
  • spectroscopic (1H, 13C, 31P NMR, FT-IR, FT-Raman), structural (single-crystal XRD, PXRD) and thermal (TG, DSC) analyses
  • characterization of luminescent properties (quantum yield, decay time) of compounds in the form of powders, solutions and thin films

Other scientific activities:

  • member of the Polish Crystallographic Association



  • e-mail:
  • phone no.: (48) 717347121
  • room: 3.07 (building 3)

Bibliographic info:

  • publications: 11
  • patents: 1

Research experience:

  • PhD Thesis: “Study of azobenzene derivatives in optical information processing”, Wroclaw University of Technology, 2014
  • Principal investigator in project “Fabrication and characteristics of new liquid-crystalline materials comprising chiral ionic compounds for application in light modulators”,
    SONATA-11, National Science Center,  (2017-2019)
  • 12-month research project within the stipend „Rozwój potencjału dydaktyczno-naukowego młodej kadry akademickiej Politechniki Wrocławskiej”, Wroclaw University of Technology, MNiSW

Research interest:

  • characteristics of light- and electric field-induced effects in liquid crystals
  • fabrication and characteristics of liquid crystal cells
  • physico-chemical properties (optical, microscopic, thermal, electrical) of materials: polymers, dyes,  liquid crystals
  • instrumental analytical methods (e. g. optical spectroscopy, fluorimetry, polarimetry, potentiometry, conductometry)
  • SEM microscopy

Other scientific activities / awards:

  • member of the Polish Liquid Crystal Society and International Liquid Crystal Society
  • II award for best PhD thesis in the field of liquid crystals (Polish Liquid Crystal Society, PTC), 2016



  • e-mail:
  • phone no.: (48) 717347287
  • room: 3.07 (building 3)

Bibliographic info:

  • publications: 9
  • patents : 1

Research experience:

  • contractor in grant financed by National Science Center NCN 2011/01/B/NZ9/02890 „Nowe metody utylizacji wychmielin podnoszące ich wartość rynkową”
  • contractor in grant financed by Ministry of Science and Higher Eduction N N312 279634 „ Otrzymywanie pochodnych flawonoidów izolowanych z wychmielin, będących potencjalnymi prozdrowotnymi dodatkami do żywności oraz detoksykacja wychmielin”

Research interest:

  • organic synthesis, escpecially synthesis of flavonoids and chalcone derivatives
  • isolation of biologically active compounds from plants
  • biotransformations
  • spectroscopic (1H, 13C NMR, IR, UV-VIS) and instrumental (GC, HPLC) analytical methods

Other scientific activities:

  • member of Polish Chemical Society



  • e-mail:
  • phone no.: (48) 717347286
  • room: 3.07 (building 3)

Bibliographic info:

  • publications: 8
  • patents and patent applications : 10

Research experience:

  • PhD Thesis: „Synthesis of 1-aminoalkylphosphonate esters as inhibitors of viral serine proteases”, Wroclaw University of Technology,  2016
  • 24-month research project PRELUDIUM, National Science Centre, Wroclaw University of Technology
  • 2- month training in virology laboratory- University of Padova, 2015

Research interest:

  • designing and synthesis of biologically active compounds , especially protease inhibitors
  • biological evaluation of protease inhibitors (enzyme kinetics, cell based assays)
  • organic synthesis- chemistry of peptides, organophosphorus compounds
  • designing and synthesis of fluorescent enzyme substrates
  • designing and synthesis of activity based- probes (ABP) as a tool in biological studies

Below, you can find photographs of the facilities, equipment and various works from Luminescent Materials Laboratory.


Laboratory of Inorganic and Organic Synthesis


Laboratory of High Purity Synthesis

Laboratory of Special Synthesis Methods

Furnace Room

 Mini Spray Dryer B-290 (Büchi Labortechnik AG)

Lyophfilizer Alpha 2-4 LDPlus (Martin Christ Gefriertrocknungsanlagen GmbH)

Automatic Soxhlet Ekstractor B-811 (Büchi Labortechnik AG)

 4-Glove box Unilab Pro Eco SP 2000/78 (M. Braun Inertgas-Systeme GmbH)

Muffle furnace (Nabertherm)

High-pressure reactor for syntheses  4576B (Parr Instruments)

Microwave reactors RotoSynth i MicroSynth (Milestone)

Aluminium-silicon monoliths doped with lanthanide ions


Separation of fluorescent materials on the chromatographic column 

Dispersion of light on cholesteric structures of liquid crystals 

Below, you can find the publications of the laboratory staff:

  1. “Open-framework manganese(II) and cobalt(II) borophosphates with helical chains: structures, magnetic, and luminescent properties”,
    M. Li, V. Smetana, M. Wilk-Kozubek, Y. Mudryk, T. Alammar, V. K. Pecharsky, A.-V. Mudring, 
    InorgChem., 2017,
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01423.
  2. “Synthesis, structural characterization and computational studies of catena-poly[chlorido[m3-(pyridin-1-ium-3-yl)phosphonato-k3O:O’:O”]zinc(II)]”,
    M. Wilk-Kozubek, K. N. Jarzembska, J. Janczak, V. Videnova-Adrabinska,
    Acta Cryst., 2017, C73, 363–368.
    DOI: 10.1107/S2053229617004478 
  3. “Cholesteric gratings induced by electric field in mixtures of liquid crystal and novel chiral ionic liquid”, 
    M. Czajkowski, J. Klajn, J. Cybińska, J. Feder-Kubis, K. Komorowska,
    Liq. Cryst., 2017, 44, 911-923.
    DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2016.1254825 
  4. “Design of LaPO4:Nd3+materials by using ionic liquids”,
    J. Cybińska, M. Guzik, C. Lorbeer, E. Zych, Y. Guyot, G. Boulon, A.-V. Mudring
    Optical Materials, 2017, 63, 76-87.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.optmat.2016.09.025 
  5. “Ionic liquid supported synthesis of nano-sized rare earth doped phosphates”,
    J. Cybińska, M. Guzik, C. Lorbeer, E. Zych, A.-V. Mudring
    Journal of Luminescence, 2017, 189, 99-112.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jlumin.2017.02.033
  6. “Breaking the paradigm: record quindecim charged magnetic ionic liquids”,
    D. Prodius, V. Smetana, S. Steinberg, M. Wilk-Kozubek, Y. Mudryk, V. K. Pecharsky, A.-V. Mudring, 
    Mater. Horiz., 2017, 4, 217–221.
    DOI: 10.1039/C6MH00468G 
  7. “A new photoluminescent feature in LuPO4:Eu thermoluminescent sintered materials”
    J. Zeler, J. Cybińska, E. Zych 
    RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 57920-57928. 
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RA09588G 
  8. “An electron-deficient azacoronene obtained by radial π extension”
    M. Żyła-Karwowska, H. Zhylitskaya, J. Cybińska, T. Lis, P. J. Chmielewski, M. Stępień
    Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2016, 55, 14658-14662.
    DOI: 10.1002/anie.201608400 
  9. “Bandgap engineering in π-extended pyrroles : a modular approach to electron-deficient chromophores with multi-redox activity”
    H. Zhylitskaya, J. Cybińska, P. J. Chmielewski, T. Lis, M. Stępień
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016, 138, 11390-11398.
    DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b07826 
  10. “Controllable synthesis of nanoscale YPO4:Eu3+ in ionic liquid”
    J. Cybińska, M. Woźniak, A. V. Mudring, E. Zych
    Journal of Luminescence, 2016, 169, 868-873.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jlumin.2015.07.008 
  11. “Incorporation of luminescent semiconductor nanoparticles into liquid crystal matrix”,
    M. Czajkowski, J. Cybińska, M. Woźniak, P. Słupski, M. Nikodem, F. Granek,K. Komorowska,
    J.  Lumin., 2016, 169, 850-856.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jlumin.2015.08.011 
  12. “SrS:Ce and LuPO4:Eu sintered ceramics : old phosphors with new functionalities” 
    E. Zych, D. Kulesza, J. Zeler, J. Cybińska, K. Fiączyk, A. Wiatrowska
    ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, 2016, 5, R3078-R3088. 
    DOI: 10.1149/2.0101601jss 
  13. “Synthesis of a peripherally conjugated 5-6-7 nanographene”
    M. Żyła, E. Gońka, P. J. Chmielewski, J. Cybińska, M. Stępień
    Chemical Science, 2016, 7, 286-294. 
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SC03280F 
  14. “Anomalous red and infrared luminescence of Ce3+ ions in SrS:Ce sintered ceramics”
    D. Kulesza, J. Cybińska, L. Seijo, Z. Barandiarán, E. Zych
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015, 119, 27649-27656. 
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b06921

Opracowanie innowacyjnej technologii personalizacji poliwęglanowych blankietów państwowych dokumentów

„LaserMark”, financed by: NCBiR „Security and Defense of Country”,

project Leader: PWPW S.A. (Polish Security Printing Works), realization of the project in years: 2016-2020 

realization of the project in Luminescent Materials and Optical Spectroscopy Laboratories in years: 2016-2018

principal investigator: Joanna Cybińska

Wytwarzanie i charakterystyka nowych materiałów ciekłokrystalicznych zawierających chiralne związki jonowe do zastosowania w modulatorach światła

(„Fabrication and characteristics of new liquid-crystalline materials comprising chiral ionic compounds for application in light modulators”)

„CILC”,  finananced by National Science Centre, Sonata-11,

realization of the project in Luminescent Materials and Optical Spectroscopy Laboratories in years:: 2017-2019

principal investigator: Maciej Czajkowski


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