Associate ProfessorPiotr Nowicki

Associate Professor

Professional experience:

  • Since 2018: Associate Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
  • 2011–2017: Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
  • 2008–2010: Assistant Professor, Departmentof Coal Chemistry and Technology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Education and degrees:

  • 2017: Habilitation in Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań; title of achievement: „Physicochemical properties and sorption capacity of carbonaceous adsorbents obtained from waste materials and low quality brown coals”
  • 2008: PhD in Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań; dissertation title: „Physicochemical properties of nitrogen-modified activated carbons” (thesis supervisor: Professor Helena Wachowska)
  • 2004: Master's degree in Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań; thesis title: „Brown coal modified with nitrogen as precursor of activated carbons” (thesis supervisor: Professor Helena Wachowska)

Research portals:


    • Chairman of the Carbon Chemistry and Technology Section, Polish Chemical Society (since 2019)
    • Member of the Committee of Mechanical, Electrical, Civil Engineering, PAN Branch in Lublin (since 2019)
    • Member of the Committee of the Development and Promotion of the Achievements of Young Scientists PAN Branch in Lublin (since 2016)
    • Member of the Polish Carbon Society (since 2009)
    • Member of the Polish Chemical Society (since 2005)


    • Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists awarded by the Minister of Science and Higher Education
    • Polish Science Foundation Scholarship for young scientists
    • Scholarship of the City of Poznań for Young Researchers from the Poznań Scientific Community
    • Scholarship for young doctors ("postdoc") within the project “AMU: A Unique Graduate = Possibilities. Improving the didactic potential of Adam Mickiewicz University through innovative education in English, interdisciplinary approach, e-learning, and investments in the staff”
    • Adam Mickiewicz University Rector's research scholarship for academic teachers
  • Preparation of activated carbons, biochars and mineral-carbon adsorbents from fossil coals, peat, biomass and industrial waste materials (using microwave and conventional heating)
  • Modification of carbonaceous materials by introducing nitrogen or oxygen functional groups and thermochemical treatment
  • Adsorption of organic and inorganic pollutants from the gas phase, aqueous solutions and soil (from single- and multi-component systems)
  • The use of carbon materials in electrochemistry and for energy purposes
  1. M. Gęca, M. Wiśniewska, P. Nowicki, Modified method of lignocellulose content determination and its use for the analysis of selected herbs - precursors of biochars and activated carbons, Measurement – 2023, 212: 112672
  2. T. Kalak, M. Kaczmarek, P. Nowicki, R. Pietrzak, Y. Tachibana, R. Cierpiszewski, Preparation of nitrogen‑enriched pine sawdust‑based activated carbons and their application for copper removal from the aquatic environment, Wood Science and Technology – 2022, 56: 1721-1742
  3. M. Gęca, M. Wiśniewska, P. Nowicki, Biochars and activated carbons as adsorbents of inorganic and organic compounds from multicomponent systems – a review, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science – 2022, 305: 102687
  4. J. Kazmierczak-Razna, D. Kasprzak, M. Walkowiak, R. Pietrzak, P. Nowicki, N-doped sawdust-based activated biocarbons prepared by microwave assisted heat treatment as potential electrode materials for supercapacitors, Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology – 2021, 41(6): 307-320
  5. M. Wiśniewska, P. Nowicki, K. Szewczuk-Karpisz, M. Gęca, K. Jędruchniewicz, P. Oleszczuk, Simultaneous removal of toxic Pb(II) ions, poly(acrylic acid) and Triton X-100 from their mixed solution using engineered biochars obtained from horsetail herb precursor – Impact of post-activation treatment, Separation and Purification Technology – 2021, 276: 119297
  6. K. Szewczuk-Karpisz, M. Wiśniewska, P. Nowicki, P. Oleszczuk, Influence of protein internal stability on its removal mechanism from aqueous solutions using eco-friendly horsetail herb-based engineered biochar, Chemical Engineering Journal – 2020, 388: 124156
  7. K. Szewczuk-Karpisz, P. Nowicki, Z. Sokołowska, R. Pietrzak,Hay-based activated biochars obtained using two different heating methods as effective low-cost sorbents: Solid surface characteristics, adsorptive properties and aggregation in the mixed Cu(II)/PAM system, Chemosphere – 2020, 250: 126312
  8. A. Bazan-Woźniak, P. Nowicki, R. Pietrzak, The influence of activation procedure on the physicochemical and sorption properties of activated carbons prepared from pistachio nutshells for removal of NO2/H2S gases and dyes, Journal of Cleaner Production – 2017, 152: 211-222
  9. P. Półrolniczak, P. Nowicki, K. Wasiński, R. Pietrzak, M. Walkowiak, Biomass-derived hierarchical carbon as sulfur cathode stabilizing agent for lithium-sulfur batteries, Solid State Ionics – 2016, 297: 59-63
  10. J. Kazmierczak-Razna, B. Gralak-Podemska, P. Nowicki, R. Pietrzak, The use of microwave radiation for obtaining activated carbons from sawdust and their potential application in removal of NO2 and H2S, Chemical Engineering Journal – 2015, 269: 352-358
  11. P. Nowicki, P. Skibiszewska, R. Pietrzak, Hydrogen sulphide removal on carbonaceous adsorbents prepared from coffee industry waste materials, Chemical Engineering Journal – 2014, 248: 208-215
  12. P. Nowicki, M. Supłat, J. Przepiórski, R. Pietrzak, NO2 removal on adsorbents obtained by pyrolysis and physical activation of corrugated cardboard, Chemical Engineering Journal 2012, 195 – 196: 7-14
  13. R. Pietrzak, K. Jurewicz, P. Nowicki, K. Babeł, H. Wachowska, Nitrogen-enriched bituminous coal based active carbons as materials for supercapacitors, Fuel – 2010, 89: 3457-3467
  14. P. Nowicki, H. Wachowska, R. Pietrzak, Active carbons prepared by chemical activation of plum stones and their application in removal of NO2, Journal of Hazardous Materials – 2010, 181: 1088-1094
  15. P. Nowicki, R. Pietrzak, Carbonaceous adsorbents prepared by physical activation of pine sawdust and their application for removal of NO2 in dry and wet conditions, Bioresource Technology – 2010, 101: 5802-5807
  16. K. Jurewicz, R. Pietrzak, P. Nowicki, H. Wachowska, Capacitance behaviour of brown coal based active carbon modified through chemical reaction with urea, Electrochimica Acta – 2008, 53: 5469-5475