Bianka Sieredzińska

PhD candidate
University of Groningen

About myself

I was born in November 1991 in Pulawy, Poland. In my life, I have moved several times and spent the last 10 years in Warsaw where I also studied chemistry and education. During that time I joined several scientific clubs, and was very much into popularizing science. This also led me to become a trainee at an international school where I enjoyed teaching young, bright minds chemistry at a high school level.

After working for some time in the Grzybowski Group on in-lab validation of Chematica (now: Synthia) retrosynthetic tool, I joined the ARC CBBC flagship for waterborne coatings in June 2019 with Prof. Ben L. Feringa (University of Groningen).

I am fascinated in learning about foreign cultures and languages. During my university studies, I attended Japanese language class, and now I am focused on learning more about the Middle East and languages spoken there (Arabic, Persian). In my free time, I enjoy going to gym, reading books and drawing.

As a researcher I am passionate about

Since the time I entered a chemical laboratory, I started being aware of how many things in the world can be made in a harmful way or be directly harmful to the environment. It always went through my mind that if there is anything I could do about it, so the world would no longer be such a “messy” place, I would try. My research will focus on sustainability and applying some solutions that can make waterborne coatings far more environmentally friendly. Designing bio-based building blocks is challenging but it is also so much… fun.

At the moment I work on

Currently, I am working on new reactions and cross-linking in water/photoactivation. The aim is to develop a novel methodology for waterborne coatings that will introduce for example unconventional (bio-based) building blocks protected by photosensitive groups that can replace conventional components of paints.

Within ARC CBBC, I wish to accomplish

ARC CBBC gives a chance to let academia and industry work together for a better future. What I really like is that we can exchange thoughts and find novel solutions to many problems. I was always interested in finding solutions that can be applied and make people’s life easier and healthier. Also, the consortium is very supportive and gives me an opportunity to develop skills that are useful not only in academia, but for life. Being part of the consortium is a great opportunity, that I can’t find anywhere else.