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Institute of Organic Chemistry, PAS


Name: Institute of Organic Chemistry, PAS

Address: ul. M. Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland



Since its foundation in November 1964 the Institute of Organic Chemistry (IOC) of the Polish Academy of Sciences has occupied an integral role in the framework of Polish organic chemistry. The Institute is an A-class scientific institution in all official rankings. It has the right to confer PhD and DSc (habilitation) degrees in the field of organic chemistry and to conduct applications for the title of professor. On July 24, 2017, IOC received the HR Excellence in Research award from the EC. The distinction is awarded to institutions with internal staff policies and recruitment procedures that are compatible with activities including the “European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.”

The focus of research has changed many times over the last 60 years, consistent with the changing visions of the international scientific community. For dozens of years globally innovative synthesis technologies were developed and elaborated on, such as: methods for the synthesis of simple sugars (Zamojski, 1970s), vicarious nucleophilic substitution of hydrogen (Mąkosza, 1978–2005) and the synthesis of aza-crown ethers (Jurczak, 1980–2000).

The Institute is equipped with state of the art instruments in a number of spectroscopic laboratories. These include NMR, MS, CD, and many others.

The Institute has educated 420 doctors and 69 habilitated doctors. In 2019 the IOC PAS became a member of the Warsaw Doctoral School in Natural and Biomedical Sciences (Warsaw-4-PhD).

Disciplines:  organic chemistry

Fields of activity

  • CH-activation,
  • supramolecular chemistry,
  • development of computer-assisted organic synthesis routes,
  • organocatalysis,
  • photo-redox catalysis,
  • functional dyes,
  • application of enzymes for organic synthesis,
  • structure and spectroscopy of organic compounds

Latest achievements:

New catalysts for olefin metathesis (Grela, 2000–2005), the synthesis of corroles (Gryko, 2000–2006) and the planning of organic syntheses through the software program CHEMATICA (Grzybowski, 2016). The Institute is successful in applying for research grants, both domestic and international. Group leaders from within our Institute won three prestigious TEAM grants (funded by Foundation for Polish Science) and around 45 grants from the National Science Centre during the last 5 years. At present, three winners of the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science– the most prestigious scientific prize in Poland – work at the Institute (M. Mąkosza - 2012, K. Grela - 2014 and D.T. Gryko - 2017).

Other notable international projects conducted at the IOC PAS are three grants from Maria Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (PhotoReAct, CHAIR and NOAH).

In last two years IOC published almost 20 papers in journals ranked in Nature Index.

Research facilities:

synthetic laboratories/spectroscopic laboratories/a unique laboratory for high pressure organic synthesis (up to 10 – 20 kbar)

Contact person:

Professor Jacek Młynarski
Research Director
(+48 22) 343 23 22