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Wojciech Jakubowski

Department of Chemistry
4400 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone (office): (412) 268-3208
Fax: (412) 268-6897


M.S., Engr in Chemistry

1997 to 2002

  • Department of Chemistry, Institute of Polymer Science
Title of diploma thesis: "Synthesis and properties of block copolymers p(e-caprolactone)-b-p(dodecyl acrylate) P(CL-DA), application of P(CL-DA) in dispersion polymerization of cyclic esters"

Ph.D., Chemistry & Polymer Science

2002 to 2007

Title of diploma thesis: "From new initiating systems for atom transfer radical polymerization to block copolymers"


Vice president of manufacturing, ATRP Solutions Inc, Pittsburgh, USA.
October 2007 - Present
Postdoc, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry, The Matyjaszewski Polymer Group, Pittsburgh, USA
June 2007 - October 2007
Graduate student in Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry, The Matyjaszewski Polymer Group, Pittsburgh, USA
July 2002 - June 2007
Undergraduate work and M.S. thesis in Polish Academy of Sciences in Lodz, Poland. Work supervised by Prof. S. Slomkowski and Prof. Z. Michalska
Sept. 2001 - July 2002



EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Certificate Recipient

Research Fields

Controlled/living radical polymerization

New catalysts and new initiators for atom transfer radical polymerization

Anionic ring opening polymerization
Controlling microstructure and composition of polymers using different polymerization techniques
Influence of different structure and composition of polymers on their properties

Other Interests

Sports: tennis (Polish national team player in juniors; tennis instructor license from Polish Tennis Association), soccer (university team champion in indoor soccer), basketball, golf, sailing, windsurfing, skiing (in charge of graduate school of chemistry skiing club; skiing instructor), ice hockey.
Others: traveling, movies, theater and opera.


1 Sherryl Y. Yu-Su, Sergei S. Sheiko, Hyung-il Lee, Wojciech Jakubowski, Alper Nese, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Denis Anokhin, Dimitri A. Ivanov "Crystallization of Molecular Brushes with Block Copolymer Side Chains" Macromolecules 2009, 42, 9008-9017.
2 Jessica Listak, Wojciech Jakubowski, Laura Mueller, Andrzej Plichta, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Michael R.Bockstaller, "Effect of Symmetry of Molecular Weight Distribution in Block Copolymers on Formation of "Metastable" Morphologies" Macromolecules 2008, 41, 5919-5927
3 Wojciech Jakubowski, Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, Tomoya Higashihara, Rudolf Faust, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, "Allyl Halide (Macro)initiators in ATRP: Synthesis of Block Copolymers with Polyisobutylene Segments" Macromolecules 2008, 41, 2318-2323
4 Wojciech Jakubowski, Azhar Juhari, Andreas Best, Kaloian Koynov, Tadeusz Pakula, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, "Comparison of thermomechanical properties of statistical, gradient and block copolymers of isobornyl acrylate and n-butyl acrylate with various acrylate homopolymers" Polymer 2008, 49, 1567-1578
5 Piotr Kwiatkowski, Janusz Jurczak, Joanna Pietrasik, Wojciech Jakubowski, Laura Mueller, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, "High Molecular Weight Polymethacrylates by AGET ATRP under High Pressure" Macromolecules 2008, 41, 1067-1069
6 Wojciech Jakubowski, Betul Kirci-Denizli, Roberto R. Gil, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, "Polystyrene with improved chain-end functionality and higher molecular weight by ARGET ATRP" Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2008, 209, 32-39
7 Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, Wade A. Braunecker, Hongchen Dong, Jinyu Huang, Wojciech Jakubowski, Yungwan Kwak, Renaud Nicolay, Wei Tang, Jeong Ae Yoon, "Role of Cu0 in Controlled/"Living" Radical Polymerization" Macromolecules 2007, 40, 7795-7806
8 Laura Muller, Wojciech Jakubowski, Wei Tang, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; "Successful Chain Extension of Polyacrylate and Polystyrene Macroinitiators with Methacrylates in an ARGET and ICAR ATRP" Macromolecules 2007, 40, 6464-6472
9 Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Hongchen Dong, Wojciech Jakubowski, Joasia Pietrasik, Andy Kusumo; "Grafting from Surfaces for ‘Everyone’: ARGET ATRP in the Presence of Air" Langmuir 2007, 23, 4528-4531
10 Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Wojciech Jakubowski, Ke Min, Wei Tang, Jinyu Huang, Wade Braunecker, and Nick Tsarevsky, ; "Diminishing Catalyst Concentraion in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Reducing Agents" Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 2006, 103, 15309-15314
11 Hyungil Lee, Wojciech Jakubowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Sherryl Yu, Sergei S. Sheiko; "Cylindrical Core-Shell Brushes Prepared by a Combination of ROP and ATRP", Macromolecules, 2006, 39, 4983-4989
12 Ke Min, Wojciech Jakubowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; "AGET ATRP in the Presence of Air in Miniemulsion and in Bulk", Macromol. Rapid Commun, 2006, 27, 594-598
13 Wojciech Jakubowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; "New Segmented Copolymers by Combination of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization and Ring Opening Polymerization" Macromol. Symp., 2006, 240, 213-223
14 Wojciech Jakubowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; "ARGET ATRP of (Meth)acrylates and Related Block Copolymers with ppm amounts of Cu" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2006, 45, 4482-4486
15 Wojciech Jakubowski, Ke Min, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; "Activators Regenerated by Electron Transfer for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Styrene" Macromolecules, 2006, 39, 39-45
16 Wojciech Jakubowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; "Activators Generated by Electron Transfer for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization" Macromolecules, 2005, 38, 4139-4146
17 Slomkowski, Stanislaw; Gadzinowski, Mariusz; Sosnowski, Stanislaw; De Vita, Cinzia; Pucci, Andrea; Ciardelli, Francesco; Jakubowski, Wojciech; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof. "Biodegradable Nano- and Microparticles with Controlled Surface Properties" Macromol. Symp. 2005, 226, 239-252
18 Wojciech Jakubowski, Jean-François Lutz, Stanislaw Slomkowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; "Block and Random Copolymers as Surfactants for Dispersion Polymerization. 1. Synthesis via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization and Anionic Ring Opening Polymerization" J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2005, 43,1498-1510
19 Jean- François Lutz, Wojciech Jakubowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; "Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization of Methacrylic Monomers in the Presence of Lewis Acids: Influence on Tacticity" Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2004, 25, 486-492

Book Chapters

Wojciech Jakubowski, Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, Patrick McCarthy, "Systematic Polymeric Libraries via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization" ACS Symposium Series, 2008, 1023, 343 


Wojciech Jakubowski, James Spanswick and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski. "Preparation of block copolymers by ARGET ATRP" PCT Int. Appl.  (2005), 96 pp.  CODEN: PIXXD2  WO  2005087819
Wojciech Jakubowski, James Spanswick and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski. "Polymerization with Continuous Catalyst Reactivation" PCT Int. Appl. (2007), 95pp.  CODEN: PIXXD2  WO  2007025310
Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Lindsay Bombalski, Wojciech Jakubowski, Ke Min, James Spanswick, Nicolay Tsarevsky "Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in the Presence of a Reducing Agent" PCT Int. Appl. (2005), 96 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 2005087819

Presentations and Posters

August 2008 ACS Meeting in Philadelphia: "Tailor made polymeric systematic libraries via atom transfer radical polymerization", presentation and poster

August 2007 ACS Meeting in Boston: "Block copolymers by a one pot, "green" process using ARGET ATRP in the presence of air", poster

April 2007 CRP Consortium Meeting: "How to make block copolymers efficiently"

October 2006 CRP Consortium Meeting: "Recent advances in ATRP with ppm Amounts of Cu"

June 2006 Summer Student/Postdoc Seminar at CMU: "New ERA (excess reducing agent) in ATRP: atom transfer radical polymerization with ppm of Cu"

April 2006 CRP Consortium Meeting: "New ERA (Excess of Reducing Agent) in ATRP"
January 2006 ASC Pittsburg Section Polymer Group Meeting: "Dramatic reduction in copper catalyst with ARGET ATRP", poster
October 2005 CRP Consortium Meeting: "Reducing catalyst concentration in ATRP"
August 2005 ACS Meeting in Washington D.C. "Application of AGET ATRP in synthesis of block copolymers" as poster
April 2005 CRP Consortium Meeting: "Exploring efficient initiation systems for ATRP"
May 2005 Original Research Proposal as requirement for Ph.D. degree: "Multisegmented block copolymers with different molecular structures and coupling units: synthesis and properties"
October 2004 CRP Consortium Meeting: "Controlling macrostructure and composition of polymers using atom transfer radical polymerization and anionic ring opening polymerization"
October 2003 Formal Department Seminar as requirement for Ph.D. degree: "Self-organizing polymers: synthesis, structures, applications"
October 2003 CRP Consortium Meeting: "Tacticity control in controlled/living radical polymerization" and "Simultaneous polymerization of µ-caprolactone and octadecyl methacrylate; influence of tin(II)octanoate on ATRP"
April 2003 CRP Consortium Meeting:"Preparation of block copolymers for surfactant applications"