Carnegie Mellon University

Address ATRP Solutions, Inc.
166 N Dithridge Street Suite G4
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Technical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
M.S., Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Title of diploma thesis: “Block copolymers poly(ε-caprolacton)-block-poly(dodecyl acrylate): synthesis, properties and application in dispersion polymerization of cyclic esters”

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
Ph.D. Chemistry & Polymer Science 
Title of diploma thesis: “From new initiating systems for atom transfer radical polymerization to block copolymers”


  • 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 


  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Wojciech Jakubowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; “Activators Generated by Electron Transfer for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization” Macromolecules, 2005, 38, 4139-4146
  5. Wojciech Jakubowski, Ke Min, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; “Activators Regenerated by Electron Transfer for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Styrene” Macromolecules 2006, 39, 39-45
  6. Wojciech Jakubowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; “Activators Regenerated by Electron Transfer for Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of (Meth)acrylates and Related Block Copolymers” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 4482-4486
  7. Wojciech Jakubowski, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; “New Segmented Copolymers by Combination of Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization and Ring Opening Polymerization” Macromol. Symp. 2006, 240, 213-223
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Wojciech Jakubowski, Ke Min, Wei Tang, Jinyu Huang, Wade Braunecker, Nick Tsarevsky; “Diminishing Catalyst Concentraion in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Reducing Agents” Proc. Natl. Acad.  Sci. 2006, 103, 15309-15314
  11. 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
  12. 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 200740,  6464-6472
  13. Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Tsarevsky, Nicolay V.; Braunecker, Wade A.; Dong, Hongchen; Huang, Jinyu; Jakubowski, Wojciech; Kwak, Yungwan; Nicolay, Renaud; Tang, Wei; Yoon, Jeong Ae;   “Role of Cu0 in Controlled/"Living" Radical Polymerization” Macromolecules 2007, 40, 7795-7806
  14. Jakubowski, Wojciech; Kirci-Denizli, Betul; Gil, Roberto R.; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; “Polystyrene with improved chain-end functionality and higher molecular weight by ARGET ATRP” Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2008, 209, 32-39
  15. Kwiatkowski, Piotr; Jurczak, Janusz; Pietrasik, Joanna; Jakubowski, Wojciech; Mueller, Laura; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof;   “High Molecular Weight Polymethacrylates by AGET ATRP under High Pressure” Macromolecules 2008, 41, 1067-1069
  16. Jakubowski, Wojciech; Juhari, Azhar; Best, Andreas; Koynov, Kaloian; Pakula, Tadeusz; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; “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
  17. Jakubowski, Wojciech; Tsarevsky, Nicolay V.; Higashihara, Tomoya; Faust, Rudolf; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; “Allyl Halide (Macro)initiators in ATRP: Synthesis of Block Copolymers with Polyisobutylene Segments” Macromolecules 2008, 41, 2318-2323
  18. Listak, Jessica; Jakubowski, Wojciech; Mueller, Laura; Plichta, Andrzej; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Bockstaller, Michael R.; “Effect of Symmetry of Molecular Weight Distribution in Block Copolymers on Formation of "Metastable" Morphologies” Macromolecules 2008, 41, 5919-5927
  19. Yu-Su, Sherryl Y.; Sheiko, Sergei S.; Lee, Hyung-il; Jakubowski, Wojciech; Nese, Alper; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Anokhin, Denis; Ivanov, Dimitri A. “Crystallization of Molecular Brushes with Block Copolymer Side Chains” Macromolecules 2009, 42, 9008-9017.


  1. Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Bombalski, Lindsay; Jakubowski, Wojciech; Min, Ke; Spanswick, James; Tsarevsky, Nicolay;  „Atom transfer radical polymerization in presence of a reducing agent” PCT Int. Appl.  (2005), 96 pp.  CODEN: PIXXD2  WO  2005087819
  2. Jakubowski Wojciech, James Spanswick and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski; ”ATRP process with catalyst reactivation” PCT Int. Appl. (2007), 95pp.  CODEN: PIXXD2  WO  2007025310
  3. Jakubowski, Wojciech; Spanswick, James; Mueller, Laura; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; ”Preparation of block copolymers. PCT Int. Appl. (2007), 65pp. CODEN: PIXXD2  WO  2007075817

Book Chapters

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


  1. April 2003 CRP Consortium Meeting: “Preparation of block copolymers for surfactant applications”October 2003 CRP Consortium Meeting: ”Tacticity control in controlled/living radical polymerization” and “Simultaneous polymerization of ε-caprolactone and octadecyl methacrylate; influence of tin(II)octanoate on ATRP”
  2. October 2003 Formal Department Seminar as requirement for Ph.D. degree: ”Self-organizing polymers: synthesis, structures, applications”
  3. October 2004 CRP Consortium Meeting: “Controlling macrostructure and composition of polymers using atom transfer radical polymerization and anionic ring opening polymerization”
  4. April 2005 CRP Consortium Meeting: “Exploring efficient initiation systems for ATRP”
  5. May 2005 Original Research Proposal as requirement for Ph.D. degree: “Multisegmented block copolymers with different molecular structures and coupling units: synthesis and properties”
  6. August 2005 ACS Meeting in Washington D.C. “Application of AGET ATRP in synthesis of block copolymers”, poster
  7. October 2005 CRP Consortium Meeting: “Reducing catalyst concentration in ATRP”
  8. January 2006 ASC Pittsburg Section Polymer Group Meeting: “Dramatic reduction in copper catalyst with ARGET ATRP”, poster
  9. April 2006 CRP Consortium Meeting: “New ERA (excess of reducing agent) in ATRP”
  10. June 2006 Summer Student/Postdoc Seminar at CMU: “New ERA (excess reducing agent) in ATRP:
atom transfer radical polymerization with ppm of Cu”
  11. October 2006 CRP Consortium Meeting: “Recent advances in ATRP with ppm Amounts of Cu”
  12. April 2007 CRP Consortium Meeting: “How to make block copolymers efficiently”
  13. August 2007 ACS Meeting in Boston: “Block copolymers by a one pot, “green” process using ARGET ATRP in the presence of air”, poster
  14. August 2008 ACS Meeting in Philadelphia: “Tailor made polymeric systematic libraries via atom transfer radical polymerization”, presentation and poster.


  • 2009 EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Certificate Recipient


  • October 2007 – present: Vice president of manufacturing, ATRP Solutions Inc, Pittsburgh, USA.
  • June 2007 – October 2007: Postdoc, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry, Pittsburgh, USA. Research advisor – Prof. K Matyjaszewski
  • July 2002 – June 2007: Graduate student, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry, Pittsburgh, USA. Research advisor – Prof. K. Matyjaszewski
  • September 2001 – July 2002: Undergraduate work and M.S. thesis in Polish Academy of Sciences in Lodz, Poland. Work supervised by Prof. S. Slomkowski and Prof.  Z. Michalska. 

Other Interests

  • Sport: tennis (Polish national team player in juniors; tennis instructor license from Polish Tennis Association, Pittsburgh Open 2004 and 2006 Champion), soccer (CMU team champion in indoor soccer), basketball, golf, sailing, windsurfing, skiing (in charge of  Chemistry graduate students skiing club; skiing instructor), ice hokey.
  • Others: traveling, movies, theater and opera.