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Agnieszka Bialek


2016-2018 University of Warwick MSc in Analytical Science and Instrumentation

2010-2014 Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń BSc; Field of studies and specialization: Chemistry, specialization: Biomedical Chemistry.

2010-2012 Toruń School of Banking Master; Field of studies and specialization: Finance and Accounting, specialization: Taxes and Tax Consultancy.

2007-2010 Toruń School of Banking Bachelor; Field of studies and specialization: Finance and Accounting, specialization: Corporate Finance and Accounting.


University of Warwick – MSc project

Dissertation topic: HPLC of water-soluble and non-water soluble copolymeric systems.


The aim of this project is to develop methodology of gradient mode reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) for the separation of water-soluble copolymeric systems by optimising various parameters namely the type of mobile phase, the solvent gradient, the temperature and the column length. Furthermore, another important aspect of the research is to investigate which properties of the polymers seem to affect the elution characteristics. In the present study, the focus will be drawn to the composition of the polymers and their degree of polymerization (DP), in addition to segmentation and architecture. This research was motivated by the absence of
a characterization method available to differentiate between the various segmentations (e.g. block, statistical) and architectures (e.g. linear, star-shaped) of copolymers. RP-HPLC was hence considered as a convenient technique for characterising water-soluble copolymers.

Separation via RP-HPLC is governed by the polarity of the solute, therefore we expect to observe differences in retention time for the copolymers varying in segmentation. The same is expected to apply for copolymers with varying architecture.

Another goal of the project was to develop a similar method of characterization for non-water soluble copolymers.

Overall, it has been shown that RP-HPLC is a powerful tool to analyse water-soluble copolymeric systems in order to distinguish between those species which differ in segmentation, architecture and composition. Some limitations have been faced in regards to linear systems which are composed of homopolymers of similar hydrophobicity. Moreover, it turns out that RP-HPLC also has limitations for the distinction of star-shaped homopolymers varying in DP and
star-shaped copolymers varying in segmentation.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of the suitable column, the non-water soluble copolymeric system efficient method of characterization could not be established within the timeframe of the project.

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

Dissertation topic: The role of fats in food products and their influence on organisms.

Toruń School of Banking

Title of the diploma thesis: Real Estate tax in the Income Pattern of Commune Self-governments Illustrated with the Example of Toruń in 2008-2011.


30th April 2018 – present: Technician, Wokingham, UK
2012: 3 Week Work experience, Laboratory of Milk Analysis LAB – MLEK Sp. z o.o., Olsztyn, Poland
Three weeks placement in a microbiological laboratory focused mainly on determination of somatic cells in milk and preparing antibiograms.