Ewa Schab-Balcerzak

Institute of ChemistrySlovakia

Ewa Schab-Balcerzak is a professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, and head of the Department of Polymer Chemistry. She is also a professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences in the Centre of Polymer and Carbon Materials in Zabrze, where she began her research career in 1991. She received her MS in 1991, and her PhD in 1999 in polymer chemistry from Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. In 2010, she received her DSc in chemistry from Warsaw University of Technology. In 1999, Ewa Schab-Balcerzak was a visiting researcher at LEMP/MAO at the University of Montpellier, France. After, she went on to work in the Department of Organic and Polymeric Materials in Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan from 2001 to 2002. In 2003, she worked at Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Polymer Research in Golm, Germany. Her expertise and main research interests are in the design, synthesis, and characterization of new processable polymers and low molecular weight compounds for optoelectronic and photonic applications. Her scientific achievements contain over 75 papers and a few book chapters.

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In recent years, great focus has been placed upon polymer thin films. These polymer thin films are important in many technological applications, ranging from coatings and adhesives to organic electronic devices, including sensors and detectors. Electrochemical polymerization is preferable, especially if the polymeric product is intended for use as polymer thin films, because electrogeneration allows fine control over the film thickness, an important parameter for fabrication of devices. Moreover, it was demonstrated that it is possible to modify the material properties by parameter control of the electrodeposition process. Electrochemistry is an excellent tool, not only for synthesis, but also for characterization and application of various types of materials. This book provides a timely overview of a current state of knowledge regarding the use of electropolymerization for new materials preparation, including conducting polymers and various possibilities of applications.

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