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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Dr Joanna Borowiec


Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Telephone: 020 7882 6063
Room Number: G.O. Jones Building, Room 404


Research Interests:

  • Fabrication, characterization and optimization of the position dependent organic detectors for neutrons and alpha particles detection.
  • Synthesis of 2 dimensional metal dichalcogenides, such as: MoS2 and ReS2 using wet chemical synthesis or chemical vapour deposition method, and their application for electronic devices construction, such as: light emitting diodes (LEDs) and memristors
  • Synthesis and characterization of transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), such as: metal doped ZnO nanoparticles and their application as conductive layers in LEDs
  • Study of the influence of structural modification of ZnO nanoparticles on the memristor device performance
  • Development of polymer hydrophobic coatings for surfaces protection, Research based on the collaboration with Hydro Safe Guard Co. Ltd., Lodz, Poland
  • Synthesis and characterization of magnetic properties of materials, such as: organic complexes, ferromagnetic composites of carbon nanotubes and 2 dimensional materials, Research based on the collaboration with Prof. F. S. Boi, College of Physics, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China



Fani Eirini Taifakou, Muhammad Ali, Joanna Borowiec, Xiaoqi Liu, Peter A. Finn, Christian B. Nielsen, Cozmin Timis, Tamsin Nooney, Adrian Bevan, aTheo Kreouzis, Solution-Processed Donor–Acceptor Poly(3-hexylthiophene):Phenyl-C61-butyric Acid Methyl Ester Diodes for Low-Voltage α Particle Detection, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 6470.


Joanna Borowiec, Mengren Liu, Weizheng Liang, Theo Kreouzis, Adrian J. Bevan, Yi He, Yao Ma, William P. Gillin, Experimental studies on the dynamic memcapacitance modulation of the ReO3@ReS2 composite material-based diode, Nanomaterials, 2020, 10, 2103.

Joanna Borowiec, Weizheng Liang, Filippo S. Boi, Yi He, Shan L. Wang, William P. Gillin, Aluminium promoted sulfidation of ammonium perrhenate: Presence of nanobattery in the ReS2 composite material based memcapacitor, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2019, 392, 123745.


Omololu Odunmbaku, JiaChen Xia, Joanna Borowiec, Shanling Wang, Ayoub Taallah, Yi He, and Filippo S. Boi, Temperature driven magnetic transitions in FePd3 filled monolayer carbon foam and Fe3C/α-Fe filled carbon nanotubes, Journal of Applied Physics, 2019, 125, 024302.

Xiaoqing Guo, Qianxun Gong, Joanna Borowiec, Sijie Zhang, Shuo Han, Meng Zhang, Maureen Willis, Theo Kreouzis, Kui Yu, Energetics of nonradiative surface trap states in nanoparticles monitored by Time-of-Flight photoconduction measurements on nanoparticle–polymer blends, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2019, 1140, 37184.

Mengren Liu, Joanna Borowiec, Lin J. Jun Sun, Marek Konop, Mohammad M. Rahman, Ayoub Taallah, Filippo S. Boi, and William P. Gillin, Experimental studies on the conduction mechanism and electrical properties of the inverted Ba doped ZnO nanoparticles based memristor, Applied Physics Letters, 2019, 115, 073505.

Qianxun Gong, Xiaoqing Guo, Maureen A.C. Willis, Sijie Zhang, Joanna Borowiec, Theo Kreouzis, Heuristic description of separate charge transport pathways determined by Time of Flight: Multiple hole transit times in the ubiquitous poly(3-hexylthiophene), Organic Electronics, 2019, 74, 41.

Ayoub Taallah, Joanna Borowiec, Xiaotian Zhang, Daniel Medranda, Li Lei, Omololu Odunmbaku, Min Gong and Filippo S Boi, On the dynamics of metal filled CNOs fusion: the case of sp3-rich Cu filled carbon foam, Materials Research Express, 2019, 6, 025606.

Ayoub Taallah, Omololu Odunmbaku, JiaChen Xia, Joanna Borowiec, Xiaotian Zhang, Gong Min and Filippo S Boi, Temperature-induced selective-defect nucleation in (Cu3−XCoX) Pt filled graphitic carbon foams by controlled Raman-laser irradiation, Materials Research Express, 2019, 6, 075602.  

S. Boi, X. Zhang, J. Borowiec, D. Medranda, S. Wang, K. Yan, J. Zhang, J. Wen, Direct encapsulation of Sm single crystals inside carbon nano-onions by pyrolysis of Tris(tetramethylcyclopentadienyl) samarium (III), Materials Today Chemistry, 2019, 12, 173.

M. Konop, E. Kłodzińska, J. Borowiec, A. K. Laskowska, J. Czuwara, P. Konieczka, B. Cieślik, E. Waraksa, L. Rudnicka, Application of micellar electrokinetic chromatography for detection of silver nanoparticles released from wound dressing, Electrophoresis, 2019, 40, 1565.


X.T. Zhang, D. Medranda, J. Borowiec, K. Yan, J. Zhang, S.L. Wang, F.S. Boi, On the morphological, structural and electrochemical properties of entangled Cu-filled carbon nano-onions, RSC Advances, 2018, 8, 6870.

F.S. Boi, X.T. Zhang, J. Borowiec, D. Medranda, S.L. Wang, K. Yan, J. Zhang, J. Wen, Observation of defective mixed Russian doll/jelly roll structure and pseudo-capacitor properties in carbon onions/nanotubes radial structures filled with continuous Fe3C crystals, Diamond and Related Materials, 2018, 85, 80.

F.S. Boi, J. Guo, D. Medranda, J. Borowiec, D. Liu, S.L. Wang, X.T. Zhang, Y. He, G. Xiang, Observation of curling effects in tubular and planar graphene-like structures by pyrolysis of ferrocene/dichlorobenzene mixtures, Materials Today Chemistry, 2018, 10, 120.

D. Medranda, J. Borowiec, X. Zhang, S. Wang, K. Yan, J. Zhang, Y. He, S. Ivaturi, F. S. Boi, Ferromagnetically filled multilayer fullerenes (carbon nano-onions): the key role of sulfur in dimensional, structural and electric control, Royal Society Open Science, 2018, 5, 170981.


Joanna Borowiec, William P. Gillin, Maureen A. C. Willis, Filippo S. Boi, Y. He, J. Q. Wen, S. L. Wang, Leander Schulz, Room temperature synthesis of ReS2 through aqueous perrhenate sulfidation, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 2017, 30, 055702.

F. S. Boi, Y. He, G. Mountjoy, J. Wen, S. Wang, J. Borowiec, A. Corrias, Cl-assisted large scale synthesis of cm-scale buckypapers of Fe3C-filled carbon nanotubes: the key role of SBA-16 catalyst support as synthesis promoter, Materials, 2017, 10, 1216.

J. Zhu, D. Liu, J. Wang, He Yi, S. Wang, J. Wen, M. Willis, Y. Hou, J. Borowiec, F.S. Boi, Enhanced magnetization in unusual carbon-nanotube/carbon-foam cm-scale hybrid-buckypaper films with high alpha-Fe filling-ratio, RSC Advances, 2017, 7, 20604.


J. Borowiec, J. Zhang, C.C. Tin, Hydrothermally synthesized boron-doped graphene for electrochemical sensing of guanine, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2015, 162, B332.

J. Borowiec, J. Zhang, C.C. Tin, Synthesis of PDDA functionalized reduced graphene oxide decorated with gold nanoparticles and its electrochemical response toward levofloxacin, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2015, 162, H164.


J. Borowiec, R. Wang, L. Zhu, J. Zhang, Synthesis of nitrogen-doped graphene nanosheets decorated with gold nanoparticles as an improved sensor for electrochemical determination of chloramphenicol, Electrochimica Acta, 2013, 99, 138.

F. Xie, J. Borowiec, J. Zhang, Synthesis of AgCl nanoparticles-loaded hydrotalcite as highly efficient adsorbent for removal of thiocyanate, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2013, 223, 584.


J. Borowiec, L. Wei, L. Zhu, J. Zhang, Multi-walled carbon nanotubes modified glassy carbon electrode for sensitive determination of ketoconazole, Analytical Methods, 2012, 4, 444.

L. Wei, J. Borowiec, L. Zhu, J. Zhang, Electrochemical investigation on the interaction of diclofenac with DNA and its application to the construction of a graphene-based biosensor, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 2012, 16, 3817.


L. Wei, J. Yang, J. Borowiec, J. Zhang, A metal-free approach based on graphene oxide-modified electrode for monitoring the photoelectrocatalytic degradation of EDTA, Electroanalysis, 2011, 23, 2373.

L. Wei, J. Borowiec, L. Zhu, J. Zhang, Electrochemical sensor for monitoring the photodegradation of catechol based on DNA-modified graphene oxide, Microchimica Acta, 2011, 173, 439.