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Laboratory of Polymers & Biomaterials

Institute of Fundamental Technological Research

  • 1 Oliwia Jeznach as a laureate of the Kosciuszko Foundation scholarship

    It is our pleasure to inform you that our team member, Mrs. Oliwia Jeznach has become one of the laureate of scholarship granted by the Kosciuszko Foundation. Congratulations Oliwia!
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  • 2 Professor dr hab. Andrzej Ziabicki

    We announce with very deep regret that on March 14th, 2019 left us our great Master and Teacher - Professor dr hab. Andrzej Ziabicki.
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  • 3 New internschip students in our laboratory!

    As every year new internship students will join our research team! To get know who will join us this summer please see in the link below...
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  • 4 Polish-Israeli Conference on Electrospinning and Tissue Engineering

    It is our great pleasure to announce the 1st Polish-Israeli Conference on Electrospinning and Tissue Engineering (PICETE 2018), which will be held on 4-5th October 2018 in Warsaw, Poland, at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences.Kindly visit the PICETE2018 conference website.
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  • 5 New OPUS and PRELUDIUM grant in our laboratory!

    We would like to inform that National Centre of Science granted the project of our laboratory leader, prof. Paweł Sajkiewicz and our colleague, Piotr Denis, M.Sc., in OPUS and PRELUDIUM program, respectively. Both, projects were subbmited in the ST8 category - Process and production engineering. Congratulations for the project leaders!
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Asmaa Ahmed Arafa

Ph.D. Student/ Visiting Researcher

National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt

In our team: June 2018


I am an assistant researcher and PhD student in National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt. Basically, I am interested in science and technology; in how they contribute to make us more understanding to our life and our world and how to use them to make our life better. I am interested especially in natural dyes, therapeutic natural products and hydrogels from natural resources. The reason behind choosing natural products is because of their obvious advantages such as low toxicity, easy preparation, renewability and pollution-free. Currently, I am working on my PhD thesis in which extractions of therapeutic bioactive compounds will be loaded in prepared hydrogels to be used in wound healing.

It is a great opportunity to visit laboratory of Polymers and Biomaterials, IPPT as a trainee under supervision of prof. dr. Paweł Sajkiewicz, and meet multidisciplinary researchers and scientists.


"Science starts with observation, and its end is far than imagination"


MSc in Organic chemistry from faculty of Science, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt (2014).

MSc thesis " Modification of Organic Pigments Surfaces by Nanotechnology For Enhanced Ink-jet Printing Properties ”

BSc. in Chemistry-Biochemistry from faculty of Science, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt (2004-2008).

Research skills and interests

Nanomaterials, natural products, hydrogel chemistry, chemistry of dyes, miniemulsion polymerization, Scanning electron microscope, Infra-Red analysis, UV-spectrophotometer.


  1. O. A. Hakeim, A. A. Arafa, M. K. Zahran, and L. A. W. Abdou, “UV-Curable Encapsulation Of Surface—Modified Organic Pigments For Inkjet Printing Of Textiles”, Colloid Surf. A, 447, 172-182 (2014).
  2. OA Hakeim, AA Arafa, LAW Abdou, “Current Status and Future Outlook Pertaining to Encapsulation of Organic Pigments: Review Article” World J. Texti. Eng. Technol. 1, 1-22 (2015).
  3. OA Hakeim, AA Arafa, LAW Abdou, "Modification of Organic Pigments Surfaces for ýEnhance Textile Printing Properties In: Handbook of Textile Coloration and Finishing. Studium Press (India) Pvt. Ltd. 213-251(2018).
  4. O. A. Hakeim, A. A. Arafa, M. K. Zahran, and L. A. W. Abdou, "Characterization and application of pigmented UV-curable inkjet inks"Pigm. Resin Technol. 47, 164-172 (2018).
  5. O. A. Hakeim, A. A. Arafa, M. K. Zahran, and L. A. W. Abdou" Effect of process conditions on the properties of surface-modified organic pigments encapsulated by UV-curable resins" Color.Technol. 134, 44-58 (2018).

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