Marek Sikorski, born in 1961 in Miastko, Poland, received his M.Sc. in Physics, and Ph.D. and D.Sc. in Chemistry from the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland. From 2012 he is a Professor and from 2005 a head of the Applied Photochemistry Laboratory.
His international collaboration began in 1989 from his first visit to the Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion, Novosibirsk, Russia where he met his friend ever since
Prof. I. Khmelinskii, now in Faro, Portugal. He did several postdoctoral research visits to
Prof. F. Wilkinson’s lab (England) on a grant from the Royal Society of London and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1995-96, next came visit in 1998 to Prof. R. P. Steer’s lab (Canada), and a in 1998-99 at Prof. J.K. Thomas’s laboratory USA on a Senior Fulbright Fellowship. Several other visits followed, to Universidade do Algarve, (Prof. I.V. Khmelinskii), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, (Prof. J.L. Bourdelande), Katholiek Universiteit Leuven, (Prof. F.C. De Schryver), Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, (Prof. L.F.V. Ferreira).
Prof. Sikorski authored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers, one book and several book chapters, and edited another book which are reported in the publication section.
Prof. Sikorski has received a number of prestigious awards; he was awarded, among others, Journal Grant for International Authors, by The RSC, twice, for a series of articles published in RSC journals, and a cover of the June 2005 issue of PPS.
He has served on the Scientific Panel for the Internet Photochemistry and Photobiology, when the site was promoting the use of Internet in research and education in the areas of Photochemistry and Photobiology. He is also a member of European Photochemical Society and a member of Editorial Board of the journal ISRN Physical Chemistry.
Nowadays, his research interests focus on both pure photochemistry and its applications.
A special commitment is given to an ongoing study of photophysics and electronic structure of biologically important flavins, other groups of compounds include alloxazines, stilbazoles, thioketones, sparteine, and dihydropiridines. The interest includes study of hydrogen-bonded complexes of alloxazines capable of undergoing excited-state double proton-transfer (ESDPT) in the presence of e.g. acetic acid. Currently we are investing a large effort into the ESDPT reaction studies, both in solution and in crystal solids. Among other subjects we are interested in usage of iso- and alloxazines as efficient photosensitizers of singlet oxygen. The expertise of his group in pure photochemistry and photophysics enables to efficiently study systems of practical importance, including beers, edible oils in general and olive oils in particular, kraft pulps,
and dental materials. The group is interested in light resistance of such materials and in usage of modern spectral, photophysical and statistical techniques, developing methods allowing to certify product origin, and to monitor the effects of light on their consumer value.