Szymon Zaczek


email:  szymonzaczek(at)

phone: 42 631 31 86

office: Room 123, Faculty of Chemistry, Zeromskiego 116

Research Interests:

  • electronic structure calculations
  • computational chemistry
  • isotope effects
  • condensed phase effects


M.Sc. 2017, Medicinal Chemistry, TUL, supervisor: Associate Professor Agnieszka Dybała-Defratyka, thesis: Predicting kinetic isotope effects and barrier heights in condensed phase: the Finkelstein reaction

B.Sc. 2016, Chemistry of Building Materials, TUL, supervisor: Professor Grażyna Janowska, thesis: Influence of phthalocyanine pigments on the properties of elastomeric composites

Professional Experience:

2017-present: Ph.D. student, Faculty of Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology,, Chemistry

2016-2017: M.Sc. Student, Faculty of Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology, Medicinal Chemistry

2012 – 2016: B.Sc. student, Faculty of Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology, Chemistry of Building Materials

07.2015 – 09.2015: intern at Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japonia


Research Grants/Fellowships:

Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) Poland, Diamond grant (pol. Diamentowy grant), 2017 - 2021, An investigation regarding biochemical synthesis of styrene and its derivatives, principal investigator

National Science Center (NCN) Poland, SONATA-BIS (2015-2020), Revisiting the approaches for isotope effects prediction in condensed phase, participant


Honors and Awards:

2017 - stipend form the TUL's fund for preparing MSC Thesis

2016 – Marshal of Lodz region stipend

2016 – TUL’s Foundation stipends for talented students

2014, 2015, 2016 - Rectors’ stipend for the best students in a course

2015 - Minister of Science and Higher Education stipend


Representative Publications:

Zaczek, S.Gelman, F., Dybala-Defratyka, A., Benchmark Study of Kinetic Isotope Effects and Barrier Heights for the Finkelstein Reaction, J. Phys. Chem. A 2017, 121, 2311, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b00230

Zaczek, S., Pajak, A., Anyszka, R., Janowska, G., Influence of phthalocyanine pigments on the properties of flame-retardant elastomeric composites based on styrene-butadiene or acrylonitrile-butadiene rubbers, E-polymers 2016, 16, 287, DOI: 10.1515/epoly-2016-0046

Pajak, A., Rybinski, P., Dobrzynska, R., Janowska, G., Żaczek, S., Pigmented elastomeric composites with limited flammability, POLIMERY 2015, 60, 396, DOI: