Prof. Joanna Kargul
University of Warsaw
Joanna Kargul is University Professor in solar conversion at University of Warsaw, Poland. She is Head of the Laboratory of Solar Fuels at the Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw where she applies the fundamental knowledge of oxygenic photosynthesis for construction of biohybrid solar-to-fuel devices incorporating robust biocatalysts and various conductive and semi-conductive materials. Together with her team she focuses on developing the rational approaches for maximisation of direct electron transfer in various types of biomolecular systems using state-of-the art electrochemical, spectroscopic and microscopic approaches in conjunction with QM/MM modelling of electron transfer. More recently this research has been extended to the synthesis of new smart materials forming high performance organic interfaces in solar-to-fuel devices.
Prof. Kargul obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences in 1999 from the University of Warwick, UK. Her postdoctoral research conducted in the group of James Barber at Imperial College London, UK led to several discoveries in the field of photosynthetic adaptation to extreme conditions as well as refining the crystallographic structure of the water-splitting enzyme. She obtained habilitation in 2009 from the University of Warsaw. In 2011, as the Warsaw University Professor, she established a node for solar fuels research in Poland and has led R&I projects on application of robust natural biocalatysts for construction of biohybrid solar cells and solar-to-fuel devices. She has experience and success in leading/coordinating several international initiatives (e.g. ESF EuroSolarFuels, H2020 SUNRISE, SUNERGY, POLTUR/GraphESol and most recently HE SUNER-C CSA). All these initiatives have been focused on the rational design and construction of efficient solar-to-fuel systems.