Head of the group
Prof. Agnieszka Szumna

Dr. Hanna Jędrzejewska

Dr. Esma Abdurakhmanova
M.Sc. Arturo llamosi Fornes
Dr. eng. Marek Szymański

PhD Students
M.Sc. Deepshikha Priyadarshini
M.Sc. Agnieszka Głowacka

NCN OPUS 2023/49/B/ST5/02466
„Peptide-based luminescent coordination capsules and cages – towards bio-inspired cavities illuminated by chiral light”

NCN OPUS 2021/41/B/ST4/01650
„Mechanochemical self-assembly of anion-sealed molecular capsules”

Wroclaw Centre for Networking and Supercomputing (299)
“Ab inito calculations of chiroptical properties of inherently chiral molecules”


P. Jurek, M. P. Szymański, A. Szumna, „Remote control of anion binding by CH-based receptors”, Chem. Commun.

E. R. Abdurakhmanova, D. Mondal, H. Jędrzejewska, P. Cmoch, O. Danylyuk, M. J. Chmielewski, A. Szumna, „Supramolecular umpolung: Converting electron-rich resorcin[4]arenes into potent CH-bonding anion receptors and transporters”, Chem

A. Llamosı, M. P. Szymański, A. Szumna, „Molecular vessels from preorganised natural building blocks”, Chem. Soc. Rev.

D. L. Stares, A. Szumna, C. A. Schalley, „Encapsulation in Charged Droplets Generates Distorted Host-Guest Complexes”, Chem. Eur. J.

D. Gryko, A. Szumna, R. Aav, T. Soós, „ChemEASTry Europe, the Status of the Chemical Sciences in a Growing Region”, Org. Lett.

P. Jurek, M. F. Rode, M. P. Szymański, M. Banasiewicz, A. Szumna, „Macrocyclic luminophores under confinement in a polymeric matrix – induction of large-Stokes shift by inter-unit proton transfer”, J. Mater. Chem. C

P. Jurek, H. Jędrzejewska, M. F. Rode, A. Szumna, „Recognition-Induced Enhanced Emission of Core-Fluorescent ESIPT-type Macrocycles”, Chem. Eur. J.

M. Chwastek, P. Cmoch, A. Szumna, „Dodecameric Anion‐Sealed Capsules based on Pyrogallol[5]arenes and Resorcin[5]arenes”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

R. Orłowski, J. A. Clark, J. B. Derr, E. M. Espinoza, M. F. Mayther, O. Staszewska-Krajewska, J. R. Winkler, H. Jędrzejewska, A. Szumna, H. B. Gray, V. I. Vullev, D. T. Gryko, “Role of intramolecular hydrogen bonds in promoting electron flow through amino acid and oligopeptide conjugates”, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U. S. A.

M. Szymański, M. Grajda, A. Szumna, „Amplification of Electronic Circular Dichroism—A Tool to Follow Self-Assembly of Chiral Molecular Capsules”, Molecules

M. Gilski, P. Bernatowicz, A. Sakowicz, M. P. Szymański , A. Zalewska , A. Szumna, M. Jaskólski, „C60 in a peptidic cage: a case of symmetry mismatch studied by crystallography and solid-state NMR”, Acta. Cryst. B. Struct. Sci. Cryst. Eng. Mater.

S. J. Nemat, H. Jędrzejewska, A. Prescimone, A. Szumna, K. Tiefenbacher, „Catechol[4]arene: The Missing Chiral Member of the Calix[4]arene Family”, Org. Lett.

M. Chwastek, A. Szumna, „Higher Analogues of Resorcinarenes and Pyrogallolarenes: Bricks for Supramolecular Chemistry”, Org. Lett.

A. Szafraniec, M. Grajda, H. Jędrzejewska, A. Szumna, W. Iwanek, „Enaminone Substituted Resorcin[4]arene—Sealing of an Upper-Rim with a Directional System of Hydrogen-Bonds”, Int. J. Mol. Sci.

H. Jędrzejewska, E. Wielgus, S. Kaźmierski, H. Rogala, M. Wierzbicki, A. Wróblewska, T. Pawlak, M. J. Potrzebowski, A. Szumna, „Porous Molecular Capsules as Non‐Polymeric Transducers of Mechanical Forces to Mechanophores”, Chem. Eur. J.

M. P. Szymański, J. S. Czajka, P. Cmoch, W. Iwanek, A. Szumna, „Interlaced capsules by self-assembly of cavitands substituted with tripeptides and tetrapeptides”, Supramol. Chem.

S. Kosiorek, B. Rosa, T. Boinski, H. Butkiewicz, M. P. Szymański, O. Danylyuk, A. Szumna, V. Sashuk, „Pillar[4]pyridinium: a square-shaped molecular box”, Chem. Commun.

M. Grajda, M. J. Lewińska and A. Szumna, „The templation effect as a driving force for the self-assembly of hydrogen-bonded peptidic capsules in competitive media”, Org. Biomol. Chem.

M. P. Szymański, H. Jędrzejewska, M. Wierzbicki, A. Szumna, „On the mechanism of mechanochemical molecular encapsulation in peptidic capsules”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.

M. Wierzbicki, A. A. Głowacka, M. P. Szymański, A. Szumna, J.„A chiral member of the family of organic hexameric cages”, Chem. Commun.

T. Boinski, A. Szumna, „Hybrid[4]arenes with anthracene units and tuneable cavities”, New J. Chem.

H. Jędrzejewska, A. Szumna, „Making a Right or Left Choice: Chiral Self-Sorting as a Tool for the Formation of Discrete Complex Structures”, Chem. Rev.

Research topics

  • peptidic cavitands and supramolecular capsules, their complexation abilities, chiral recognition
    (We synthesize chiral cavitands of various properties using amino acids derivatives and short peptides.)
  • cavitands with core-extended chromophores, photophysical properties of host-guest complexes
  • multicomponent molecular capsules, host-guest interactions, reactions inside molecular containers
    (Introduction of various functional groups to the macrocyclic scaffolds and other building blocks enables synthesis of capsules with functionalized interior.)
  • interactions of macrocyclic compounds with proteins in solution and solid state (co-crystallization)
    (Association of small compounds with proteins and self-organisation of proteins in COFs facilitate crystallization of the latter.)
  • mechanochemistry of molecular containers and host-guest complexes
    (Mechanochemical methods can change complexing properties.)
  • new macrocyclic compounds
    (We synthesize new supramolecular scaffolds with new shapes and/or new binding properties.)