Supramolecular chemistry – ‘chemistry beyond molecule’ – is an interdiscplinary field of research at the interface between chemistry, biology and physics. Supramolecular chemistry investigates phenomena in which major role is played by weak intermolecular interactions, such as molecular recognition and self-organisation, and therefore is a basis of biology on one side and nanotechnology on the other.

Our major specialty is organic synthesis, which we apply in two major areas: in supramolecular chemistry of anions and in the construction of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) – crystalline coordination polymers having in their crystal structures empty voids of nanoscopic dimensions (cavities, channels, etc. )

Research Highlights

Anion recognition

Anions play fundamental roles in a range of biological, chemical, medical, and environmental processes. In our laboratory we design, synthesise and investigate anion receptors with improved affinities, selectivities and sensitivities.

Metal-organic frameworks

MOFs (Metal-Organic Frameworks) are easily tunable, regular, porous architectures, which provide unique nanoenvironment for catalysis; environment that might be compared to that of active sites of enzymes…


  • New “OPUS” grant for Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory
    Biological membranes are hardly permeable to most water-soluble substances and are particularly difficult to cross for charged species. At the same time,…
  • Our paper in Chem (Cell Press)!
    In collaboration with Professor Agnieszka Szumna from the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, we show that resorcin[4]arenes, traditionally recognized…
  • New paper in Chemical Science!
    Anion-templated synthesis is no longer limited to electrically charged catenanes and rotaxanes.  Using doubly charged sulfate as a template and diamidocarbazoles as…