Welcome to the website of Prof. Sergiusz Luliński research group

Department of Physical Chemistry at Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland.

Our field of interests

We investigate the chemistry of organoboron and main group organometallic compounds, starting from their design, synthesis, mechanistic studies to their applications in materials chemistry (luminescent systems, microporous materials) and medicine. We focus our particular attention on organoboron chemistry, but more recently we also extended our research towards silicon and phosphorus chemistry. We have also long-term experience in optimisation and scale-up chemical processes.


Material chemistry

Luminescent compounds

We are looking for the novel efficient luminescence materials for the application in OLEDs. Specifically, we focus our attention on four-coordinate organoboron complexes that are based on rigid organic scaffolds.


Antimicrobial agents

We are developing new groups of heterocyclic compounds bearing boron, silicon and/or phosphorus atom. Examples includes benzosiloxaboroles, benzophosphoxaboroles and benzoxadiboroles – promising classes of small-molecule antimicrobial agents.


Microporous materials

We concentrate our research on the design of novel functional materials featuring porous structure capable of storage or separation of technically and environmentally important gases. Particularly, these are Covalent Organic Frameworks, and recently hybrid systems incorporating metal atoms in their structures.


Basic research & technology


We are interested in finding structure – energy - macroscopic properties relationships of crystalline solids to gain deeper knowledge of the design of new materials. We are interested in the solid structures of boronic acids putting special attention to hydrogen, halogen, and chalcogen bonds as well as other less specific intermolecular interactions.


Synthesis & mechanistical studies

We have developed new protocols for the synthesis and functionalization of organoboron systems. Mostly, we are using hydrogen/halogen-lithium exchange reaction followed by further reaction with electrophiles. These studies also includes evaluation of reaction mechanisms using both experimental and theoretical tools.


Optimisation & scale-up of chemical processes

Our laboratory is fully equipped for performing and optimization of a large-scale processes (up to 1-2 Kg of a product per one batch). We developed and performed about 1000 procedures for Sigma-Aldrich company.



The effect of locking π-conjugation in organoboron moieties in the structures of luminescent tetracoordinate boron complexes

Heavy-atom free spiro organoboron complexes as triplet excited states photosensitizers for singlet oxygen activation

Boronate Covalent and Hybrid Organic Frameworks Featuring P(III) and P=O Lewis Base Sites

Experimental and Theoretical Insights into Molecular and Solid-State Properties of Isomeric Bis(salicylaldehydes)

Cationic and betaine-type boronated acridinium dyes: synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity

The effect of conformational isomerism on the optical properties of bis(8-oxyquinolato) diboron complexes with a 2,2′-biphenyl backbone

Antimicrobial and KPC/AmpC inhibitory activity of functionalized benzosiloxaboroles


2019-2022 | Searching for structure – antimicrobial activity correlation for selected boraheterocycles

Narodowe Centrum Nauki, OPUS 16, Grant No. UMO- 2018/31/B/ST5/00210

The project deals with the synthesis and characterization of selected groups of heterocyclic compounds bearing the boron atom. It is focused on emerging systems such as benzosiloxaboroles, benzophosphoxaboroles and benzoxadiboroles. In all these compounds the boraheterocycle featuring the B-O-El linkage (El = Si, P, B) is fused with aromatic or heteroaromatic ring. The most important part of the project deals with the evaluation of the activity of obtained compounds as agents possessing a direct antimicrobial (antibacterial and antifungal) activity or as beta-lactamase inhibitors for use in combination with beta-lactam antibiotics for the treatment of Gram-negative bacilli infections. Moreover, the aim of this part of the research is the prevention of single-step resistant mutant selection leading to reduced bacterial sensitivity to the new compounds and characterization the selected mutants.

Years: 2019-2022

Donation: 431 600$,

PI: Sergiusz Luliński

Consortium grant with Medicinal University of Warsaw

2020-2023 | THIO-SWITCH: towards novel photo-active switchable materials - exploration of dithienylethene-based transition-metal complexes via advanced in situ photocrystallographic and spectroscopic approaches

Narodowe Centrum Nauki, OPUS 17, Grant No. UMO- 2019/33/B/ST4/03144

We concentrate on systems in which the molecule contains the dithienylethene (DTE) fragment that can work as two-direction switch using light of various wavelengths (DTE core can be found in two forms – open and closed – which can be transformed one into another). Such switching is often accompanied by the material’s colour changes or other properties (e.g. luminescence decay). The aim of our project is to better understand the switching process in transition-metal complexes containing the DTE group.

Years: 2020-2023

PI: Radosław Kamiński (WU) / Krzysztof Durka (WUT)

Consortium grant with Warsaw university

2020-2021 | Effective triplet-state photosensitizers based on four-coordinated spiro organoboron complexes immobilized on the solid state surface.

Warsaw University of Technology, POB-TM1

The aim of this project is to synthesise new types of singlet-oxygen photosensitizers derived from spiro-boracyclic semi-rigid complexes and their immobilization on solid-state materials.

Years: 2020-2021

PI: Krzysztof Durka

2019-2021 | Structure of chiral motif vs. spontaneous enantiomer crystallization - a case of lithium halides and biogenic amino-acids ionic co-crystals

Narodowe Centrum Nauki, PRELUDIUM 15, Grant No. UMO- 2018/29/N/ST4/00451

The aim of this project is to recognize and describe structural factors responsible for creating chiral motives in ionic co-crystal structures. This is to be achieved by obtaining well-defined consistent data-set, so called “structural library”, of ionic co-crystals composed of lithium halides and biogenic amino-acids of different chirality, and further meticulous analysis of the crystal structures supported by quantum-chemical calculations.

Years: 2019-2021

Donation: 210 000 PLN,

PI: Paulina Marek

2016-2019 | Covalent and hybrid porous materials based on organoboron compounds (finished)

Polish National Centre of Science grant “Opus” (Grant No. 2016/19/D/ST5/007352).

The project is primarily aimed at the design of novel functional materials featuring porous structure capable of storage or separation of technically and environmentally important gases.

Years: 2016-2019

Donation: 160 000$

PI: Sergiusz Luliński

2015-2019 | Four-coordinate organoboron complexes with rigid scaffolds as efficient light-emitting materials (finished)

Polish National Centre of Science grant “Sonata” (Grant No. 2015/19/D/ST5/007352).

The project is focused on the synthesis and characterization of luminescence complexes based on rigid organoboron core and selected (N,O), (N,N), (N,C) ligands.

Years: 2015-2019

Donation: 140 000$

PI: Krzysztof Durka


Faculty of Chemistry
Warsaw University of Technology
Department of Physical Chemistry

Noakowskiego 3
00-664 Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Sergiusz Luliński
phone: +48 22 234 7273