Dr. hab., eng. Artur Bednarkiewicz Print


Building B8, Room 11

Phone: +48 71 3954 166

e-mail: A.Bednarkiewicz(at)int.pan.wroc.pl



  • 1993 - 1998 - Technical University Wrocław, Department of Basic Problems of Technology, Biomedical Engineering
  • 1998 - Master degree - Technical University Wrocław
  • 2003 - Ph.D. Eng. degree - Institute of Low Temperatures and Structure Research PAS, in Wrocław
  • 2005-2008 - post-doc position in Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Nanotechnology and Molecular Imaging (NMI) Unit of European Commission - Joint Research Centre
  • currently - adiunkt in Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research
  • 06.2013 - habilitation in ILT&SR PAS : „Luminescent properties of lanthanide doped fluoride nanoluminophores”
  • 2011-... - task leader of Nanoparticle Assisted Molecular Imaging and Sensing group in Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+

Present research activity

  • Lanthanide doped nano-colloidal solutions: optical properties and application in bioscience (biolabels, biomarkers)
  • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging and Hyper Spectral Imaging, Molecular Imaging
  • Non-invasive monitoring of living cell functions
  • Applications of spatial light modulators in digital photolithography, neurotoxicity, photodynamic cell colony enrichment, high-content imaging
  • Diode Pumped Solid State lasers - ytterbium doped double tungstates (KYW, KGdW) and YAG laser crystals were investigated i CW and Q-switch mode in the end-pump configuration.
  • Spectroscopy of rare earths - especially energy transfer between Eu-Yb, Tb-Yb and Nd-Yb
  • Application of physics and lasers in medicine - photodynamic therapy and diagnosis of cancer, atherosclerosis, spectroscopy of photosensitizers, application of lasers in medicine

Professional activities:

  • Consultant of LaserSecura Ltd. (medical lasers, software), Wroclaw Poland; MediCom Ltd. (software, video diagnosis equipment) Wroclaw, Poland; Optel Ltd. (document/banknotes protection, optical components) Wroclaw, Poland; Haemato Gmbh (photodynamic cancer diagnosis and treatment) Berlin, Germany.
  • A director of R&D department in Nanovectors spin-off company (2012-)
  • Member of the Organising Committee of the following international conferences: International Conference on Luminescence ICL’14 Wroclaw (2014), International Conference on f-elements (2005), International Symposium on New Trends in Photodynamic therapy and Diagnosis (2004), Rare-earth systems (2003), Excited State of Transition Elements (2001)
  • Reviewer in scientific journals (Nature Nanotechnology x2, Optical Materials x29, J.Luminescence x10, Optics Express, ACS The Journal of Physical Chemistry, RSC Nanoscale 3x, Materials Science & Engineering, Toxicology Letters, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces x4, RSC Chemical Communications, RCS Dalton Transactions x5, Polish scientific journals, 8x RCS Dalton Transactions, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research., J.Nanoparticle Research  3x etc.)
  • Reviewer of grant proposals (4x Foundation for Polish Science, 2x NCN)
  • Lecturer of specialised medical courses concerning lasers applications in diagnosis and treatment, occasionally lecturer in Technical University Wroclaw; lecturer during Festival of Science in Wroclaw (2003, 2011, 2013), Poland
  • Supervisor of several M.Sc. theses concerning lanthanide spectroscopy, solid-state lasers, biospectroscopy, lasers and medical applications of light. Two of the students received prises for best M.Sc. thesis (p.D.Wawrzynczyk – Polish Physical Society, Pawel Gacek-Stowarzyszenie Elektryków Polskich)


Research stays

  • Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Nanotechnology and Molecular Imaging (NMI) Unit of European Commission - Joint Research Centre - 2005-2008
  • Biophotonics'07, 3rd International Graduate Summer School, Ven, Sweden, Jun 2007
  • 3rd European short course on "Principles and Applications of Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy" October 31 - November 4, 2005, Berlin, Germany
  • IX School Of Pure And Applied Biophysics, Venice, January 17 - January 21, 2005
  • '20th Course:Fronitiers of Optical Spectroscopy', Ettore Majorana Center, Erice, Sicily, Italy (2003-2 weeks)
  • scientific stay in Turku University, Finland (2002 - 2 weeks)

Recent conferences

2013       Up-converting nanoparticles in biology and medicine: properties and challenges Artur Bednarkiewicz, Dominika Wawrzynczyk, Marcin Nyk, Katarzyna Prorok, Anna Gnach, Małgorzata Misiak, Bartłomiej Cichy, Marek Samoc, Wiesław Stręk IMAMBioRA’13 (International Meeting on Advanced Materials for Bio-Related Applications) Wrocław Poland (invited)

2013 International Meeting on Advanced Materials for Bio-Related Application (IMAMBioRA), 9.05-10.05, 2013, Wroclaw, Poland (invited lecture)

2013       Up-converting nanoparticles in biology and medicine: properties and challenges Artur Bednarkiewicz, Dominika Wawrzyoczyk, Marcin Nyk, Katarzyna Prorok, Anna Gnach, Małgorzata Misiak, Bartłomiej Cichy, Marek Samod, Wiesław Stręk IWASOM ’13 Gdansk Poland (oral)

2013       Up-converting nanoparticles in biology and medicine: properties and challenges Artur                 Bednarkiewicz, D.Wawrzynczyk, Marcin Nyk  Katarzyna Prorok  Anna Gnach  Malgorzata               Misiak  Bartlomiej Cichy  Marek Samoc, Wieslaw Strek  EUROMAT 2013 Europan Congress                 and exhibition on Advancd Matrials and Procsss Sevilla (oral - highlighted, invited)

2013       Competitiveness and Innovation in the Context of FET London Great Britain

2012 Up-conversion FRET from rare earth nanophosphor to CdSe quantum dots, Artur Bednarkiewicz, International Summer School On Fluorescent Nano-Particles In Bio-Medicine, 16-20 July 2012, Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid (invited)





  • “Lanthanide doped colloidal core-shell nanoparticles: synthesis and active modulation of spectral properties”, task leader, grant from National Research Center, Poland, 1.2013-12.2017, budget 290 kEuro
  • „Exploitation of electrical, spectral and optical methods in biodetection and bioimaging” – EIT+ Wrocław Research Centre, task leader (1.2011-9.2014) budget 360 kEuro
  • Lanthanide doped nanoluminophores as active elements In biosensors, task leader (2010-2012), grant MNISW NN 507 58 49 38, budget 63 kEuro
  • Synthesis and spectral properties of biocompatible nanocomposites: SiO2 and lanthanide moped fluoride nanocrystals as selective luminescent markers In bioapplications, grant MNISW NN 507499538, (2010-2012), researcher
  • Nano biotechnologies for health application Nano BioTech, FP6, action 4221. Researcher, topic – development of advanced fluorescence spectroscopy methods for imaging and sensing in vitro
  • In vitro testing technologies and assay automation InViTech, FP6, action 4224, Researcher, topic: Noninvasive and non-destructive cytotoxicity studies in vitro

Prizes and scholarships

  • prize winner in 3rd Innovation Competition for the patent application on the Technical University of Wroclaw for the method and device for cancer detection and monitoring (Jan 2006)
  • Gold Medal on the 52nd (2003) and 53rd (2004) Word Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology - Brussels Eureka for the inventions in the field of medical lasers and diagnosis
  • Conference Grant from Towarzystwo Naukowe Warszawskie and Foundation for Polish Science (2004)
  • Scholarship holder of Foundation for Polish Science (2004, 2005)
  • Polish Minister of Education scholarship holder - (1996, 1997)


Most recent publications


  1. Influence of Li+ doping on up-conversion and structural properties of Yb3+/Tm3+-doped cubic NaYF4 – J.Luminescence
  2. Up-conversion enhancement by surface passivation of Tb3+, Yb3+ codoped colloidal a-NaYF4 nanoparticles – accepted in Nanoscale
  3. The study of time-resolved collective emission of CuInS2 quantum dots in colloidal solutions, B.Cichy, A.Bdnakliewicz, W.Strek  Journal of Optics  JOPT/468192/PAP/305563 2013
  4. Ligand-dependent luminescence of ultra-small Eu3+-doped NaYF4 nanoparticles Wawrzynczyk D, Bednarkiewicz A, Nyk M, Strek W, Samoc M. J Nanopart Res. 2013;15(6):1–11. doi:10.1007/s11051-013-1707-1.
  5. Energy up-conversion in Tb3+/Yb3+ co-doped colloidal α-NaYF4 nanocrystals. Prorok K, Gnach A, Bednarkiewicz A, Stręk W. Journal of Luminescence.  doi:10.1016/j.jlumin.2013.03.012.
  6. Third-order nonlinear optical response of CuInS2 quantum dots—Bright probes for near-infrared biodetection, B. Cichy, D. Wawrzynczyk, A. Bednarkiewicz, M. Samoc, and W. Strek Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 243702 (2013);
  7. Up-converting NaYF4: 0.1Tm3+, 20%Yb3+ nanoparticles as luminescent labels for deep-tissue optical imaging, A. Gnach, K. Prorok, M. Misiak, B. Cichy, A. Bednarkiewicz – submitted to Journal of Rare Earth
  8. Thulium concentration quenching in the up-converting -Tm3+/Yb3+ NaYF4 colloidal nanocrystals M.Misiak, K.Prorok, B.Cichy, A.Bednarkiewicz, W.Strek, Optical Materials 35(5), 1124–1128 (2013)
  9. Upconversion emission of LiNdP4O12 and KNdP4O12 crystals, L. Marciniak, W. Strek, A. Bednarkiewicz, D. Hreniak, M.C. Pujol, F. Diaz J.Lumin. Volume 133, Pages 57–60 (2013)
  10. A comparison of morphology, structure and optical properties of ultrasmall, small and core-shell up-converting NaYF4/NaGdF4 nanocrystals co-doped with Tm3+ and Yb3+ ions, D. Wawrzynczyk, M. Nyk, A. Bednarkiewicz, W. Strek, and M. Samoc, J.Luminescence 133, 138-144 (2013)


  1. Lanthanide doped Up-converting Nanoparticles: merits and challenges, Anna Gnach, and Artur Bednarkiewicz, NanoToday 7(6), 532–563 (2012)
  2. Neodymium (III) doped fluoride nanoparticles as a non-contact optical temperature sensor D.Wawrzynczyk ,  A.Bednarkiewicz ,  M.Nyk ,  W.Stręk,  M.Samoć, Nanoscale 4, 6959 (2012)
  3. Optical properties of Eu and Er doped LaAlO3 nanopowders prepared by low-temperature method, Mirosław Mączka, Artur Bednarkiewicz, Esmeralda Mendoza-Mendoza, Antonio F. Fuentes, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 194, 264-269 (2012)
  4. Giant enhancement of upconversion in ultra-small Er3+/Yb3+:NaYF4 nanoparticles via laser annealing, A.Bednarkiewicz, D.Wawrzynczyk, A.Gagor, M.Nyk, L.Kepinski, M.Kurnatowska, L.Krajczyk, W.Strek, M.Samoc Nanotechnology 23 145705 (2012)
  5. Investigation of Structure, Morphology and Luminescence Properties in a New Blue-Red Emitter, Europium-Activated ZnAl2O4 Nanospinels, R. J. Wiglusz, T. Grzyb, A. Bednarkiewicz, S. Lis, and W. Strek, European Journal Of Inorganic Chemistry, 21, 3418-3426 (2012). DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201200185
  6. Optimisation of Ligand Exchange Towards Stable Water Suspensions of Crystalline NaYF4: Er3+, Yb3+ Nanoluminophors, D. Wawrzynczyk, A. Bednarkiewicz, M. Nyk, J. Cichos, M. Karbowiak, D. Hreniak, W. Strek, and M. Samoc, J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 12, 1886-1891 (2012)
  7. Biological applications of lanthanide doped nanomarkers, (review) Małgorzata Misiak, Katarzyna Prorok, Artur Bednarkiewicz, Wiadomości Chemiczne (PL), 66(5-6), 1-49 (2012)
  8. A role of of sintering temperature and doping level on structural and spectral properties of Eu doped Nanocrystalline YVO4, R.Wiglusz, A.Bednarkiewicz, W.Strek, Inorg. Chem., 51 (2), 1180–1186 (2012)
  9. >Modulation of Up-conversion Luminescence of Lanthanide (III) Ion Co-doped NaYF4 Nanoparticles using Gold Nanorods, D. Wawrzynczyk, A. Bednarkiewicz, M. Nyk, M. Gordel, W. Strek and M. Samoc, Optical Materials 34, 1708-1712 (2012)


  1. Non-invasive monitoring of cytotoxicity based on kinetic changes of cellular autofluorescence, A.Bednarkiewicz, R.M.Rodriguez, M.Whelan, Toxicology in Vitro, 25 (8), pages 2088-2094 (2011)
  2. Optically stimulated heating with nano-colloidal solution of luminescent Nd3+:NaYF4 A.Bednarkiewicz, D.Wawrzyńczyk, M.Nyk, W.Strek, Applied Physics B 130, 4, 847-852 (2011)
  3. Synthesis and spectral properties of colloidal Nd3+ doped NaYF4 nanocrystals, A. Bednarkiewicz, D. Wawrzyńczyk, M.Nyk, W. Stręk, Optical Materials, 33 (10), 1481-1486 (2011)
  4. The effect of pumping power on fluorescence behavior of LiNdP4O12 nanocrystals Strek W.; Marciniak L.; Bednarkiewicz A.; et al. Optical Materials 33(7) 1097-1101 (2011)
  5. White emission of lithium ytterbium tetraphosphate nanocrystals Strek W.; Marciniak L.; Bednarkiewicz A.; et al. Optics Express 19(15)  14083-14092 (2011)
  6. Tuning red-green-white up-conversion color in nano NaYF4:Er/Yb phosphor, A.Bednarkiewicz, D.Wawrzynczyk, M.Nyk, M.Samoć, Journal Rare Earth 29(12), 1152–1156 (2011)


  1. Up-conversion FRET from Er3+/Yb3+:NaYF4 nanophosphor to CdSe quantum dots A. Bednarkiewicz, M.Nyk, M.Samoc, W.Strek, J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, 17535–17541 (2010)
  2. Synthesis and luminescence properties of LiLa1-xNdxP4O12 nanocrystals Strek W.; Marciniak L.; Lukowiak A.; Bednarkiewicz A. et al. Optical Materials 33 (2) 131-135 (2010)
  3. Synthesis and Optical Properties of Eu3+ ion doped Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatites, R.Wiglusz; A.Bednarkiewicz; A.Lukowiak; W.Strek, Spectroscopy Letters, 486716, (2010)
  4. Enrichment of hepatocytes in a HepaRG culture using spatially selective photodynamic treatment Bednarkiewicz Artur; Rodrigues Robim M.; Whelan Maurice P., Journal Of Biomedical Optics 15(2), 028002 (2010)



  • European Patent P-2795/MF filing date 01-06-2007 "Method of fluorescence imaging"
  • Polish patent P375249, filing date 20-05-2005, "A method of assessing the stage of development and spreading of cancer and a device to assess the stage of development and spreading of cancer".


  • Music - since 1996 a singer in Technical University Choir, since 2000 - a singer in Medical University Choir
  • Art photography
  • Trekking and mountain tourism