Meet Maciej Korzyński
What sparked your interest in chemistry?
My interest in chemistry started early on with a chemistry set I got for my 12th birthday. My newly discovered fascination with highly visual and exciting experiments evolved over the years into passion, thanks to inspiring chemistry teachers in middle and high schools. Unsurprisingly, I chose to pursue a chemistry degree in college. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to try my hand at research already at the beginning of my undergraduate studies and got to experience for the first time the thrill associated with making molecules that nobody else has made before. To this day I find it exhilarating to synthesize challenging chemical species!
What are you looking forward to exploring in your lab at U of T?
My research interests lie at the intersection of inorganic and materials chemistries. My lab will apply the principles of traditional molecular synthetic inorganic chemistry to push the frontiers of metal-organic framework (MOF) synthetic elaboration. These porous materials are remarkable playgrounds for synthetic chemists due to their atomically precise structure and the presence of both inorganic and organic components that can be engaged in a controlled reactivity akin to solution-based chemistry. The members of the team will leverage those properties to advance the fundamental understanding of inorganic chemistry, explore novel reactivities, as well as generate tailored functional materials for state-of-the-art applications such as long-term information storage and catalysis.
What keeps you busy outside of the lab?
When not in the lab, I enjoy spending time outdoors, a perfect way to clear my mind and recharge! This includes activities such as hiking, running, sailing and snowboarding. I also enjoy expanding my culinary horizons be it by cooking or trying out new restaurants.