for the presentation of the NETZSCH-GEFTA Young Scientist Award 2006

to Dr. Agnieszka Walków-Dziewulska

On occasion of the 9th European Symposium of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Dr. Agnieszka Walków-Dziewulska is awarded the NETZSCH-GEFTA Young Scientist Award 2006

Agnieszka Walków-Dziewulska was born in Lublin (Poland) in 1973. Her interest in chemistry wake up early. She participated at national school olympiades in chemistry and has achieved first positions.

Mrs. Walków-Dziewulska started her professional formation at a Technical school, finished in 1993, and continued from 1993 through 1998 with university studies of chemistry at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin.

In 1998 she obtained the master degree with a study entitled: "Complexes of cerium(III), praseodymium(III), neodymium(III) and samarium(III) with 2,4,6-trimethylbenzoic acid" and started her professional career as an assistant at the Chemical Faculty of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University.

From that time, a major part of her scientific interest has been dedicated to synthesis and investigation of the physico-chemical properties of novel d- and f- metal ion complexes with various organic ligands. The studies were aimed to establish the synthesis conditions of these complexes in the solid state as well as to characterize their properties by means of multiple physico-chemical methods.

With remarkable success Mrs. Walków-Dziewulska utilized the techniques of UV-VIS, FTIR and FIR spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray structure analysis, various kinds of simultaneous thermal analysis in different atmospheres as well as the Gouy and Faraday methods for the measurements of the magnetic susceptibility.

The results, which have been obtained under the direction of Professor Wieslawa Ferenc from Lublin University, allow for a determination of the complex composition, for defining the type of metal ion - ligand coordination, for estimating the kind of intermediates as well as final products of thermal decomposition in various atmospheres. TG-FTIR investigations were applied broadly in this field and helped to identify the gaseous decomposition products. Furthermore, DSC studies have been undertaken in order to localize water molecules in the complexes. The careful study of several Cu(II) - 2,3-dimethoxybenzoate complexes using coupled TA methods should be preferably mentioned.

Within a couple of years, at about 40 new compounds have been synthesized and characterized which enabled the awardee to be author or co-author of 25 scientific papers and 13 posters presented at national and international conferences.

In 2004, Mrs. Walków-Dziewulska obtained the Ph. D. degree by presenting her thesis entitled: "Complexes of lanthanides(III) and some of d-block elements with selected isomers of dimethoxybenzoic acid". Since that she has been working as tutor in the Department of General and Coordination Chemistry.

The board of the German association for Thermal Analysis (GEFTA) cordially congratulate Dr. Walków-Dziewulska to be honoured by the NETZSCH-GEFTA Young Scientist Award 2006 and wishes the best both for her scientific career and her personal life.

On behalf of the GEFTA Board
Michael Feist

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