Budkowski, Prof. Andrzej

Andrzej Budkowski is a full professor in physics at Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. At the university’s Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, he heads the Department of Molecular and Interfacial Biophysics and the interdepartamental research Group on Macromolecular Nanofilms. He earned his PhD title at Jagiellonian University in 1989, based on a thesis on aperiodic crystals, started at J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Then, he switched his interests to polymer science during an extended stay, with visits till 1995, at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Work on interfacial phenomena in thin polymer films (phase coexistence and segregation, diblock brushes) and further research on model polymer blends (wetting transition, film structure formation) earned him, respectively, a postdoctoral (Habilitation) degree in 1998 as well as an academic title and a position of professor at his alma mater in 2003/04. In 2011 he was promoted to a full professor, in recognition of his contributions to conductive polymer composites (self-organization and soft-lithography for circuitries and photovoltaics). His current research interests concern bio-macromolecules at surfaces (nanolayers and micro-patterns, biosensor surfaces, controllable biointerfaces). He is the author of over 125 peer-reviewed publications in international scientific journals. He has served as the adviser for a few PhD candidates in polymer and bio-macromolecular physics, of whom 5 have gone to academia and 2 have earned postdoctoral degrees. He teaches courses in solid state and soft matter physics, polymer physics, crystallography, surface science. He coordinates the PhD program in biophysics.Publications: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5200-3199Dept. Molecular and Interfacial Biophysics: http://www.biophysics.fais.uj.edu.pl/Macromolecular Nanofilms Group: http://www.polyfilms.if.uj.edu.pl/