Anna Szemik-Hojniak

University of Wroclaw, Poland


Anna Szemik-Hojniak studied chemistry at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry of the University of Wroclaw (UWr) where she received the M.S. degree and the Ph.D. degree in radiochemistry. She studied in Belgium at L’Université Libre de Bruxelles (organic physical chemistry) as a postdoctoral fellow of Les Institutes Internationaux de Physique et de Chimie (Director Professor I.Prigogine, the Noblist), at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) at the Radiation Chemistry Department (Interuniversity Group of Nuclear Sciences supported by Belgian Atomic Energy Commission), and with the Physical Chemistry Group as a research fellow. She was also a Research Fellow of CNRS, working at the Center of Nuclear Researches in Strasburg, France. Many times, she was granted by the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) acquiring experience in time-resolved spectroscopy both at Leiden and Amsterdam Universities. She is a Member of American Chemical Society, and her scientific interest is focused on molecular photophysics, specifically on photoinduced electron and proton transfer in donor-acceptor systems, as well as on the quantum chemical calculations. Presently, she is a Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Wroclaw (Poland) and performs international scientific cooperation with the research groups from Holland, France, Germany, and Russia. She also effectively works for better future and professional advancement of women scientist worldwide. From 2002 to 2011, she served as the Board Director of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES, Ottawa, Canada), which is an operational partner of UNESCO. In 2007, she organized, in Wroclaw (Poland), international symposium on “Strategies on the highly skilled global workforce.” She actively participates in INWES conferences and publishes papers on related issues.

Biography Updated on 1 December 2011

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