Prof. Jan Augustyński

phone: +48 22 55 43710
room: 02.168

After having obtained the PhD degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble in France in 1970, Jan Augustynski acted over several years as lecturer-group leader and professor of chemistry at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. His research interests comprise passivity of metals, electrocatalysis and photo-electrochemistry with special focus on nanostructured materials. Back in Poland, he received Polish professor title in 2009. Since 2011 J.A. has been with the Center for New Technologies Warsaw University where he is head of the Laboratory of photo-electrochemistry and solar energy conversion.

Jan Augustynski lead Warsaw University contributions to two European research projects (within the framework of FP7) on photo-electrochemical energy conversion and solar hydrogen production:  Nanopec (2007-2009) and Solarogenix (2013-2016).


J.A. is the author of 170 publications that received 5711 citations.

Selected recent papers:

– Enhanced Photocatalytic Water Splitting on Very Thin WO3 Films Activated by High Temperature Annealing. A. Jelinska, K. Bienkowski, M. Jadwiszczak, M. Pisarek, M. Strawski, D. Kurzydlowski, R. Solarska, J. Augustynski, ACS Catal. In press.

– Highly Efficient and Stable Solar Water Splitting at (Na)WO3 Photoanodes in Acidic Electrolyte Assisted by Non-Noble Metal Oxygen Evolution. M. Sarnowska, K. Bienkowski, P. J. Barczuk, R. Solarska, J. Augustynski, Adv. En. Mat. 6 (2016) 1600526 cit. 17.

– Solar-driven water oxidation and decoupled hydrogen production mediated by an electron-coupled-proton buffer. L. G. Bloor, R. Solarska, K. Bienkowski, M.D. Symes, L. Cronin,  JACS 138 (2016) 6707 cit. 19.

– Plasmon resonance-enhanced photoelectrodes and photocatalysts.Coord. J. Augustynski, K. Bienkowski, R. Solarska, Coord. Chem. Rev.325 (2016) 116 cit. 8.

– Enhanced water splitting at thin film tungsten trioxide photoanodes bearing plasmonic gold–polyoxometalate particles. R. Solarska, K. Bienkowski, S. Zoladek, A. Majcher, T. Stefaniuk, P. J. Kulesza, J. Augustynski, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, (2014) 14196 cit. 28.

– 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 cit. 25.

– 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 cit. 246.

– 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 cit. 67.

– Silver nanoparticles-induced photocurrent enhancement at WO3 photoanodes. R.Solarska, A. Królikowska, J. Augustyński, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 49, (2010) 7980 cit. 82.

Earlier (since 2001) most cited papers:

– Crystallographically oriented mesoporous WO3 films: Synthesis, characterization, and applications. C. Santato, M. Odziemkowski, M. Ulmann, J. Augustyński, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 123, 10639 (2001) 888 cit. 769.

– Photoelectrochemical properties of nanostructured tungsten trioxide films. C. Santato, M. Ulmann, J. Augustyński, J. Phys. Chem. B 105, 936 (2001) 936 cit. 389.

– A highlight: Metal oxide photoanodes for solar hydrogen production. B. D. Alexander, P. J. Kulesza, I. Rutkowska, R. Solarska, J. Augustyński, J. Mater. Chem. 18, 2298 (2008) 2298 cit. 346.

– Photoelectrochemical oxidation of water at transparent ferric oxide film electrodes. C. Jorand Sartoretti, B. D. Alexander, R. Solarska, I. A. Rutkowska, J. Augustyński, R. Cerny, J. Phys. Chem. B, 109, 13685 (2005) 13685 cit. 227.

– Enhanced visible light conversion efficiency using nanocrystalline WO3 films. C. Santato, M. Ulmann, J. Augustynski, Adv. Mater. 13, 511  (2001) 511 cit.149



– M. Graetzel and J. Augustynski, “Tandem Cell for Water Cleavage by Visible Light”. US Patent 6,936,143 (2005).

– J. Augustynski, M. Ulmann and R. Solarska, “Electrodes with Tungsten Oxide Films” Patent GB2413337 (A) AU2005235787 (A1) WO2005103329 (A3) (2005).



– 69th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry: 2-7 Sept. 2018 in Bologna –  Symposium 9 on Photo-electrochemical energy conversion – in honor of Prof. Jan Augustynski.

-One among 10 principal implemented discoveries at the University of Geneva over the period 1998-2008:  “Development of a synthesis method of metal oxide/metal catalysts used for the fabrication of gas sensors for the detection of nitrogen oxides, ozone, respectively, carbon oxide (CO) and hydrocarbons”.  Since 2004, large scale industrial production by the Swiss company Microchemical Systems (MICS) Courcelles, now belonging to the British company e2v. These sensors equip a large number of automobiles fabricated over the world.