Alina is a member within the Euro-MIC COST framework. This project is funded by the European Union and enables scientists to bridge knowledge and capabilities across countries and disciplines.

Summary of the experiences and competences of Alina

Prof. Alina Sionkowska is a polymer and biopolymer scientist who obtained her Ph.D. from Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland. From 2008 she has been working as Professor at the Faculty of Chemistry, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland.
She spent several periods in laboratories abroad: Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden; Faculty of Chemistry University of Camdridge, UK; Collagen Research Group University of Bristol, UK; Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry University of Genova, Italy; Faculty of Biology and Biological Sciences University of of Stirling, Scotland, UK; School of Optometry and Vision Science University of Wales, Cardiff, UK; Laval University, Laboratory of Bioengineering and Biomaterials, Quebec City, Canada; Laboratoire de Physicochimie Moleculaire University of Bordeaux, France; Department of Biophysics Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

Her professional and scientific activity comprises: handbooks/textbooks (4); papers published in scientific journals (205); papers published in the proceedings of international or national conferences (300); participating in different international or national research projects (22); member of the scientific committee of different meetings (20); member of the organizing committee for different international conferences (4). Hindex = 47,number of citations 7898(acc. Google Scholar). She was the organizer of 3 International conferences Chemistry for Beauty and Health in 2017, 2018 and 2021.
• Member of Committee of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences
• Member of Polish Chemical Society
• Member of Polish Society for Biomaterials
• Head of Departmant of Biomaterials and Cosmetics Chemistry at Faculty of Chemistry NCU
• Head of the Laboratory of Biomaterials at Faculty of Chemistry NCU
• Head of Laboratory of Cosmetic Science at Faculty of Chemistry NCU

Research interest
• Extraction of collagen from several sources, collagen structure and properties
• Photodegradation of collagen, chitosan, elastin, silk, cellulose, keratin
• Photopolymerization of monomers for dental applications
• Kinetics of photopolymerization
• Miscibility of polymers and polymer blends
• New materials based on the blends of collagen and synthetic polymer
• New materials based on the blends of collagen and chitosan
• Crosslinking of natural and synthetic polymers
• New materials based on the blends of chitosan and silk
• Micro- and nanocomposites of collagen and hydroxyapatite
• Micro- and nanocomposites of chitosan and hydroxyapatite
• Biopolymeric films and sponges for biomedical applications
• Polymeric biomaterials
• Laser modification of polymer surface and laser ablation
• Modification of biopolymers for cosmetic application
• Changes of collagen structure in disc diseases
• Thermal stability of polymers and biopolymers
• Biomaterials, bioengineering, biocompatibility, biodegradation
• Flash photolysis of collagen and other biopolymers
• Pulse radiolysis of collagen and other biopolymers
• Cosmetic raw materials
• Formulation of cosmetics

Present Areas of Research
The ongoing research work is characterized by the following keywords: polymeric biomaterials, biopolymer/ceramic composites, scaffolds for medical applications, cosmetic raw materials, controlled release of drug and cosmetic ingredients from polymeric matrix, surface modification of polymers, biopolymers and their blends.

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I can help in polymer and biopolymer research. I have already shown that hydrogen bonds between collagen and chitosan can be helpful in the preparation of materials with potential applications such as artificial skin, artificial bones (after incorporation of inorganic particles), and wound dressing materials. I prepared also materials based on the blends of three different biopolymers and materials based on the combinations of biopolymers and synthetic polymers prepared in the laboratory.
I showed that several biopolymers can be obtained from the waste of food production (keratin, elastin, collagen, glycosoaminoglycans) and after an appropriate cross-linking process can be used in the preparation of biomaterials and cosmetics. In such a way the waste stock can be reduced.

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Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

Gagarin 11




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