Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Magdalena Owczarek

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Wroclaw, Poland

Joined group: 2013


Ph.D. in Chemistry (July 2012)
University of Wroclaw, Poland
Advisor: Professor Ryszard Jakubas
M.Sc. in Chemistry (October 2008)
University of Wroclaw, Poland
Advisor: Professor Ryszard Jakubas


14. Owczarek, M.*; Szklarz, P.; Moskwa, M.; Jakubas, R. "Morpholinium chloroindate(III) complex: a rare acentric structural arrangement leading to piezoelectric properties" CrystEngComm 2018, 20, 703–709.

13. Kim, D. J.; Hermann, K. R.; Prokofjevs, A.; Otley, M. T.; Pezzato, C.; Owczarek, M.; Stoddart, J. F.* "Towards a rational design of redox-active molecules for organic rechargeable batteries" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 6635–6643.

12. Nguyen, M.; Krzyaniak, M.; Owczarek, M.; Ferris, D. P.; Wasielewski, M.; Stoddart, J. F.*, "A Boat-Shaped Tetracationic Macrocycle with a Semiconducting Organic Framework" Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 5795–5800.

11. Owczarek, M.; Hujsak, K. A.; Ferris, D. P.; Prokofjevs, A.; Majerz, I.; Szklarz, P.; Zhang, H.; Sarjeant, A. A.; Stern, C. L.; Jakubas, R.; Hong, S.*; Dravid, V. P.*; Stoddart, J. F.* "Flexible ferroelectric organic crystals" Nat. Commun. 2016, 7, 13108.

10. Owczarek, M.*; Miniewicz, A.; Szklarz, P.; Jakubas, R. "Crystal structures and related to noncentrosymmetricity properties od 4-aminomorpholinium salts" Chem. Phys. Lett. 2016, 665, 31–35.

9. Owczarek, M.*; Majerz, I.; Jakubas, R. "Weak hydrogen and dihydrogen bonds instead of strong N–H⋯O bonds of a tricyclic [1,2,4,5]-tetrazine derivative. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction, theoretical calculations and Hirshfeld surface analysis." CrystEngComm 2014, 16, 7638–7648 (Cover Article).

8. Owczarek, M.*; Jakubas, R.; Pietraszko, A.; Medycki, W.; Baran, J. "Investigation of structure–properties relationship in a novel family of halogenoantimonates(III) and halogenobismuthates(III) with morpholinium cation: [NH2(C2H4)2O]MX4. Crystal structure, phase transitions and dynamics of molecules." Dalton Trans. 2013, 42, 15059–15079.

7. Owczarek, M.; Jakubas, R.*; Majerz, I.; Baran, J. "Experimental (IR) and theoretical (LDA) studies of the structure and vibrational-reorientational dynamics of ferroelastic 1-aminopyridinium iodide." Chem. Phys. 2012, 405, 167–174.

6. Owczarek, M.; Szklarz, P.; Jakubas, R.*; Miniewicz, A. "[NH2(C2H4)2O]2MX5: a new family of morpholinium nonlinear optical materials among halogenoantimonate(III) and halogenobismuthate(III) compounds. Structural characterization, dielectric and piezoelectric properties." Dalton Trans. 2012, 41, 7285–7294.

5. Owczarek, M.; Jakubas, R.*; Kinzhybalo, V.; Medycki, W.; Kruk, D.; Pietraszko, A.; Zielinski, P.; Galazka, M. "Crystal structure and characterization of a novel ferroelastic ionic crystal: 1-aminopyridinium iodide (C5H7N2)+I." Chem. Phys. Lett. 2012, 537, 38–47.

4. Bator, G.*; Sawka-Dobrowolska, W.; Sobczyk, L.; Owczarek, M.; Pawlukojc, A.; Grech, E.; Nowicka-Scheibe, J. "Hydrogen bonded NHO chains formed by chloranilic acid (CLA) with 4,4’-di-t-butyl-2,2'-bipyridyl (dtBBP) in the solid state." Chem. Phys. 2012, 392, 114–121.

3. Bator, G.*; Sawka-Dobrowolska, W.; Sobczyk, L.; Grech, E.; Nowicka-Scheibe, J.; Pawlukojc, A.; Wuttke, J.; Baran, J.; Owczarek, M. "4,4’-, 5,5’- and 6,6’-dimethyl-2,2’-bipyridyls: the structures, phase transitions, vibrations and methyl group tunneling of their complexes with chloranilic acid." J. Chem. Phys. 2011, 135, 044509.

2. Owczarek, M.; Jakubas, R.*; Bator, G.; Pawlukojc, A.; Baran, J.; Przeslawski, J.; Medycki, W. "Vibrational and thermodynamic properties and molecular motions in the incommensurate crystal of morpholinium tetrafluoroborate studied by 1H NMR." Chem. Phys. 2011, 381, 11–20.

1. Szklarz, P.*; Owczarek, M.; Bator, G.; Lis, T.; Gatner, K.; Jakubas, R. "Crystal structure, properties and phase transitions of morpholinium tetrafluoroborate [C4H10NO][BF4]." J. Mol. Struct. 2009, 929, 48–57.

* corresponding author


I was born and grew up in Wroclaw – a beautiful city in the south-west of Poland. During high school years, my interest in chemistry developed (thanks to the greatest teacher I have ever had), and I decided to broaden my knowledge in the chemistry field at the University of Wroclaw. I obtained both my M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the 'Ferroelectrics and Liquid Crystals Group', under the supervision of Prof. Ryszard Jakubas. My graduate research was focused on synthesizing and characterizing structural and electric properties of new organic-inorganic hybrids from the family of halogenoantimomates(III) and halogenobismuthates(III). I explored the world of crystallography to find a correlation between the acentric symmetry of the hybrids and their various structural motifs in both their cationic or anionic substructure, and made enormous use of dielectric spectroscopy to analyze the effect of different anionic matrices on the dynamical state of the organic cations.

In October 2013, I joined the Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group where I enjoy my time working with the most talented people from all around the world, and using all fancy instrumentation at Northwestern University. I am a team lead for a project on engineering flexibility into organic crystals showing desirable electric properties, e.g. piezoelectricity, ferro-, or antiferroelectricity – something that has never been seen before.


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