Associate ProfessorIzabela Sobczak

Associate Professor

Degrees, employment and research work:

  • 2001 – Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Faculty of Chemistry, PhD thesis “Physicochemical and catalytic properties of molecular sieves containing selected transition metals”, Supervisor: Prof. Maria Ziółek
  • 2002 – adjunct, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan ,Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • 2012 – habilitation procedure, scientific achievement: “Platinum and gold on the supports – preparation, characterisation and application in adsorption and catalysis”
  • since 2019 – Associate Professor

The participation in international internships:

  • 1998-2004 - Laboratoire Catalyse et Spectrochimie, ISMRA Universite, Caen, France
  • 2007 - Delft University of Technology, Delft , The Netherlands
  • 2018 - National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu , Taiwan

The participation in research projects as Grant Manager :

  • 2009-2012 – Research project  No N N204 032536 “Gold catalysts for protection of environment”, Polish Ministry of Science
  • 2014-2017 - Research project  No 2013/10/E/ST5/00642 " Bimetallic systems (Au-Ag, Au-Cu) on silicate and metal oxides supports as effective catalysts for redox processes ", National Science Centre, Poland




  • Member of  Scientific Council of the Chemical Sciences discipline– since 2020 r.
  • Member of  the Recruitment Committee for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Chemistry, AMU, 2017-2018
  • Member of  the Recruitment Committee for Doctoral School - Chemical Sciences discipline - since 2019 r.
  • Member of  the Faculty Commission for Safety of Work and Fire Hazard 2017-2020
  • Representative of School of Exact Sciences in the Council of UAM Language School – since 2020 r.
  • Member of  Polish Zeolite Association
  • Member of International Zeolite Association
  • Member of International Mesoporous Molecular Sieves Association
  • Others:

    • treasurer of 6th International Symposium on Group Five Elements (7-10. 05. 2008 r., Poznan)
    • co-chair of Catalysis Section at the 59th Congress of  Polish Chemical Society , 19-23.09.2016, Poznan
    • quest editor of  Catalysis Today (Fascinating Catalysis: Past, Present and Future), Elsevier (2020)


    1. Two scholarships from the Foundation for Polish Science dedicated to young scientist – 2003 and 2004
    2. Individual award for the achievements in research – from the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (2013)
    3. The team awards (2nd degree) for the achievements in research – from the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (2007, 2010, 20011, 2015)
    4. The team awards (3th degree) for the achievements in research – from the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (2014, 2016, 2017, 20018, 2020)
    5. The scholarship for academic teachers from the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan  – 2018

Key words: heterogeneous catalysis, solid state chemistry, synthesis and characterisation of micro- and mesoporous catalysts , catalysis on mono-and bimetallic systems (containing e.g. Au, Ag, Pt) supported on metal oxides, zeolites and mesoporous sieves, catalytic transformationof organic compounds(e.g. oxidation of glucose, glycerol, methanol).

Najważniejsze publikacje:

  1. J. Wisniewska, I. Sobczak, M. Ziolek: “Gold based on SBA-15 supports – Promising catalysts in base-free glucose oxidation”, Chem. Eng. J., 2020; doi: org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.127548
  2. Kaskow, A. Wojtaszek-Gurdak, I. Sobczak: "Methanol oxidation on AuAg-Zn/MCM-36 - The effect of catalyst components and pretreatment", Catal. Today 324 (2020) 123-132; doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2019.04.010
  3. Kaskow, I. Sobczak, C.-M. Yang, M. Ziolek: "Bimetallic gold-silver catalysts based on ZnO and Zn/SBA-15 - The effect of various treatments on surface and catalytic properties", Catal. Today 356 (2020) 110-121; doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2019.06.036
  4. Sobczak, V. calvino-Casilda, L. Wolski, T. Siodla, R. Martin-Aranda, M. Ziolek: "The role of gold dopant in AP-Nb/MCF and AP-MCF on the Knoevenagel condensation of ethyl cyanoacetate with benzaldehyde and 2,4-dichlorobenzaldehyde", Catal. Today 325 (2019) 81-88; doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2018.07.035
  5. Kaskow, P. Decyk, I. Sobczak: "The effect of copper and silver on the properties of Au-ZnO catalyst and its activity in glycerol oxidation", Appl. Surf. Sci. 444 (2018) 197-207; doi: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.02.285
  6. L. Wolski, I. Sobczak, M. Ziolek: "Variability of surface components in gold catalysts - the role of hydoxyls and state of gold on activity and selectivity of Au-Nb2O5 and Au-ZnNb2O6 in methanol oxidation", J. Catal. 354 (2017) 100-112; doi: 10.1016/j.jcat.2017.08.022
  7. M. Ziolek, I. Sobczak: "The role of niobium component in heterogeneous catalysts", Catal. Today 285 (2017) 211-225; doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2016.12.013
  8. Sobczak, Ł. Wolski: "Au-Cu on Nb2O5 and Nb/MCF system: Surface properties and catalytic activity in glycerol and methanol oxidation", Catal. Today 254 (2015) 72-82; doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2014.10.051
  9. I. Sobczak, E. Dembowiak: "The effect of AuAg-MCF and AuAg-NbMCF catalysts pretreatment on the gold-silver alloy formation and the catalytic behavior in selective methanol oxidation with oxygen", J. Mol. Catal. A: Chemical 409 (2015) 137-148; doi: 10.1016/j.molcata.2015.08.017