Renata Solarska, PhD, DSc

phone: +48 22 55 43711
room: 05.03

Renata Solarska, PhD, DSc


Tel.: +48 22 55 43711

Room: 05.03

Head of SOLEIL – Solar Energy Innovation Laboratory

Since April 2016 Assistant Professor in the Center of New Technology at University of Warsaw. She received her PhD degree in Chemistry from University of Geneva in 2006 and since then she has been involved in different initiatives and research devoted to nanostructured materials and their use for energy harvesting, conversion and environmental approaches. She has nearly two decades of expertise in electrochemistry, followed by photoelectrochemistry and photophysiscs of semiconductor, metals and hybrid nanostructures. Besides her research activity, she is also involved in the activity of the Europe Section of the Electrochemical Society as a vice-chair, with an aim to support activities in electrochemistry and solid state science and recognition of the society among scientists.

Education & Degrees:

2012/ 2013     Diploma in Management of Research Projects & Development Activities –  University of Economics and Innovation, Lublin, Poland

2006                Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Geneva, Switzerland

2005 – 2007    Study in Pharmaceutical Sciences – University of Geneva, Switzerland

2002 – 2006    Ph.D. study at University of Geneva, Switzerland

2000 – 2002:   Pharmacy study – Academy of Medicine, Warsaw, Poland

2001                M.Sc. in Chemistry from University of Warsaw, Poland


Positions & Professional  Experience:

Jan 1, 2019     Chairperson of the ECS Europe Section

Oct.2018         Group Leader of Laboratory of Solar Energy Innovations_SOLEIL in Centre of New Technologies University of Warsaw (CeNT UW)

Since 2013     Adiunct/ Assistant Professor in Laboratory of Photoelectrochemistry and Solar Energy Conversion in CeNT UW, University of Warsaw

2009-2016      Adiunct at the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw

2009                Grantee of “Homing” Programme of Polish Foundation for Science (FNP)

2008               Research Fellow within the frame of an individual grant from SNF/JSPS in Photocatalytic Center of NIMS in Tsukuba, Japan

2007- 2009     Research Associate in Laboratory for High Performance Ceramics, EMPA Materials Science and Technology, Dubendorf, Switzerland

2006 – 2007    Postdoctoral Fellow in Department of Crystallography, University of Geneva

2002 – 2006    Ph.D   study in Department of Inorganic, Analytical and Applied Chemistry, University of Geneva under research supervision of  Prof. Jan Augustynski

2002                Research trainee in Laboratory of Supramolecular Chemistry in Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences


Ongoing Projects:

CSA FET Flagships –816336 SUNRISE _Horizon2020 EU

Design, construction and investigations of earth abundant materials based heterojunctions for high efficiency solar energy conversionRenata Solarska2018-2022SONATA BIS NCN
Insight into combined electrochemical-photochemical activation of carbon dioxideRenata Solarska2019-2019OPUS NCN


Selected Publications:

Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting on Very Thin WO3 Films Activated by High Temperature Tin Diffusion; A. Jelinska, K.Bienkowski, M. Sarnowska, M. Pisarek, M. Strawski, D. Kurzydlowski, R. Solarska & J. Augustynski; just accepted in ACS Catalysis (2018)

Enhanced Photo-Electro CO2 Reduction System Based on Mixed Cu2O Nonstoichiometric-TiO2 Photocathode; E. Szaniawska, K. Bienkowski, P. Kulesza & R. Solarska; Catalysis Today 300 (2018) 145-151

Plasmon resonance-enhanced photoelectrodes and photocatalysts; J. Augustynski, K. Bienkowski, R.  Solarska; Coordination Chemistry Reviews 325 (2016) 116-124

Solar-driven water oxidation mediated by an electron-coupled-proton buffer; L. G. Bloor, R. Solarska, K. Bienkowski, P. J. Kulesza, J. Augustynski, M. D. Symes, and L. Cronin; Journal of the American Chemical Society  138 (2016) 6707-6710

Highly efficient and stable solar water splitting at (Na)WO3 photoanodes in acidic electrolyte assisted by non-noble metal oxygen evolution catalyst; M. Sarnowska, K. Bienkowski, R. Solarska & J. Augustynski; Advanced Energy Materials 6 (2016) 1600526

Enhanced water splitting at thin film tungsten trioxide photoanodes bearing plasmonic gold–polyoxometalate particles; R. Solarska, K. Bieńkowski, S. Żołądek, A. Majcher, T. Stefaniuk, P. J. Kulesza, J. Augustyński; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53 (2014)  14196-14200

Microwave-assisted nonaqueous synthesis of WO3 nanoparticles for crystallographically oriented photoanodes for water splitting; S. Hilaire,  M. J. Süess, N. Kränzlin, K. Bieńkowski, R. Solarska, J. Augustyński, M.  Niederberger; J. Mater. Chem. A 2 (2014) 20530-20537

Nanoporous WO3–Fe2O3 films: structural and photo-electrochemical characterization; R. Solarska, K. Bieńkowski, A. Królikowska, M. Dolata, J. Augustyński; Funct. Mater. Let. 7 (2014) 1440006

To what extent do the nanostructured photoelectrodes perform better than their macrocrystaline counterparts? J. Augustyński, R. Solarska: Catalysis Science and Technology 3 (2013) 1810-1814

Highly efficient water splitting by a dual-absorber tandem cell; J. Brillet, J-H. Yum, M. Cornuz, T. Hisatomi, R. Solarska, J. Augustyński, M. Graetzel, K. Sivula;  Nature Photonics 6 (2012) 824-828

Highly stable efficient visible-light driven water photoelectrolysis system using nanocrystalline WO3 photoanode and methane sulfonic acid electrolyte;  R. Solarska, R. Jurczakowski, J. Augustyński; Nanoscale 4 (2012) 1553-1556

Enhancement of WO3 performance through resonance coupling with Ag nanoparticles; R. Solarska, A. Królikowska, K. Bieńkowski, T. Stefaniuk, J. Augustyński; Energy Procedia, 22 (2011) 137-146 (open access)

Metal oxide photoanodes for water splitting;  J. Augustyński, B.D. Alexander, R. Solarska;  Top. Curr. Chem. 303 (2011) 1-38

Silver nanoparticles-induced photocurrent enhancement at WO3 photoanodes;  R.Solarska, A. Królikowska, J. Augustyński; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 49 (2010) 7980-7983

Tailoring the morphology of WO3 films with substitutional cation doping: Effect on the photoelectrochemical properties; R. Solarska, B.D. Alexander, A. Braun, R. Jurczakowski, G. Fortunato, M. Stiefel, T. Graule, J. Augustyński: Electrochim. Acta 55 (2010) 7780-7787

Nanoscale calcium bismuth mixed oxide with enhanced photocatalytic performance under visible light; R.Solarska, A. Heel, J. Ropka, A. Braun, L. Holzer, J. Ye, T. Graule;  Applied Catalysis A: General 382 (2010) 190-196

Highlight: Metal oxide photoanodes for solar hydrogen production; B. D. Alexander, P. J. Kulesza, I. Rutkowska, R. Solarska & J. Augustyński,  J. Mater. Chem. 18 (2008) 2298-2303

Patent: Electrodes with tungsten oxide photovoltaic film on glass; J. Augustynski, M. Ulmann, R. Solarska,; Brit. UK Pat.Appl. (2005), Int. Pub. Nº : WO 2005/103329 A2