Ryszard Jankowiak

University distinguished professor of chemistry,
Ancillary professor of physics

Rysard JankowiakRyszard Jankowiak is a university distinguished professor of chemistry and an ancillary professor of physics. He is one of the world's leaders in high-resolution, frequency domain, laser-based spectroscopies, a field that allows for the elucidation of excited electronic state structure and measurements of ultrafast dynamics in complex biological systems.

His work is complementary to various time-domain spectroscopies, and helps explain the excited electronic state structure by providing information not possible through other methods. Jankowiak's research focuses on molecular electronic spectroscopy, laser-based spectroscopies and low-temperature protein dynamics, as well as the excitation energy and electron transfer process in photosynthesis.

Prior to coming to K-State in 2005, Jankowiak earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Poland's Teachers College in 1969, his master's in solid-state physics from Poland's Adam Mickiewicz University in 1974 and his doctorate in condensed matter physics and spectroscopy from Technical University of Gdansk, also in Poland, in 1981. He also earned the rank of second lieutenant in the Polish navy in 1975. Jankowiak worked in the department of physical chemistry at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany from 1981-1985, and in the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University from 1985-2005. In that capacity, he established a highly visible research program in chemical carcinogenesis.

Since joining the K-State faculty, Jankowiak has received more than $2 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the National Cancer Institute, among others. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals and has presented more than 100 lectures at international conferences. Jankowiak has also given more than 50 invited talks at various universities around the world.

Honors Jankowiak has received include the 2012 Professional Performance Award, Outstanding Senior Scientist for K-State's chapter of the Sigma Xi Society, the R&D100 Award for the CE-FLN system, International Cancer Technology Transfer Award and the Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Excellence Award.

He is a member of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society and a fellow of the International Union Against Cancer and the Australian Institute of High Energy Materials. Jankowiak serves as associate editor for Versita Open Access Book Publisher and on the editorial advisory board of Scientific Journal International. He also is a member of the executive committee of the Kansas State University Research Foundation.

Jankowiak can be contacted at 785-532-6785 or ryszard@k-state.edu.