Prof. Stefan Jurga
Professor Stefan Jurga conducts interdisciplinary scientific research in the field of physical, chemical, biological and medical sciences and with focus on the nanoscience and nanotechnology. His research concerns nanomaterials, nanostructures and nanocomposites for multimodal applications in materials science, biomedicine, and environmental protection. The main research interests of Professor Jurga are focused on structure and dynamics in soft matter (colloids, surfactants, block copolymers, miktoarms and dendrimer polymers, nanoparticles in confined space, biomaterials), studied by NMR imaging, NMR, X-ray scattering methods (SAXS, WAXS), electron microscopy (TEM, SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), optical microscopy, relaxation and NMR diffusion, spectroscopy dielectric, FTIR spectroscopy, rheology, computer modeling techniques. He has over 270 publications in the interdisciplinary database of Journal Citation Reports (JCR). He is the editor of The Journal of Analytical Science and Technology (JAST) and a co-editor of the "RNA Technologies" series published by Springer Verlag. Since 2005, he has been the head of the International Summer School of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Zakopane, in which lecturers and participants from over 20 European and world countries take part, and since 2011 he has been organizing annual international conferences on nanoscience and nanotechnology in Poznań, known under the current name NanoTech Poland.
Professor Jurga promoted over 60 Masters of Physics, over 20 Doctors, patronized 10 habilitation theses, three of whom received professorship titles. He managed dozens of research projects and conducts extensive scientific cooperation with many research centers in the country and abroad. He was, among others Visiting Professors at Cornell University (Ithaca), North Carolina State University, Raleigh (USA), as well as the University of South Africa in Pretoria (South Africa). Professor Jurga was a laureate of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Foundation as a scholarship holder at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz (Germany). He worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA), at the Józef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana (Slovenia), as well as at other international scientific institutions.
In 1990–2002 Professor Stefan Jurga was the Vice-Rector and Rector of the Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań (AMU), and also created the interdisciplinary NanoBioMedical Center AMU, and since 2010 he is the director of that center. During his term of office among others he significantly developed University, contributing to the creation of the university campus at Morasko, the establishment of Collegium Polonicum in Słubice and the European College in Gniezno. Prof. Jurga from 2005 to 2007 was appointed as the Under Secretary and Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education and Science as well as Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In the years 1999–2002 he was the chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Polish Universities and the vice-chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP). He is a member of the board of the International Scientific Society Groupement AMPERE, and in the years 2002 - 2012 he was its vice president. He was also the president of the Association of European Universities "Santander Group". He is a member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences, an honorary doctorate of the University of Warmia and Mazury, he has been awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Gdańsk and many medals of other European universities. He is also a laureate of the Foundation for Polish Science in the International Doctoral Projects program. He has high state decorations and numerous regional distinctions. He has been awarded, among others, the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Commander's Cross of the Order of Saint Sylvester, the Medal of the National Education Commission, the Medal of the 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence (2019)
Science Luminaries of the University of Poznań in 1919-2019: Stefan Jurga