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Ryszard Jankowiak

University distinguished professor of chemistry
Ancillary professor of physics

Rysard Jankowiak

Ryszard 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.

Before coming to K-State in 2005, Jankowiak earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics 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 to 1985, and in the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University from 1985 to 2005. In that capacity, he established a highly visible research program in chemical carcinogenesis and photosynthesis.

Since joining the K-State faculty, Jankowiak has received more than $2.3 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 about 220 papers in refereed journals, including 10 book chapters, and has presented more than 100 lectures at international conferences. Jankowiak also has given more than 50 invited talks at various universities around the world.

Honors Jankowiak has received include the 1993 International Cancer Technology Transfer Award, 1998 R&D 100 Award for the development of CE-FLN system, 1993 Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Excellence Award, 2009 Outstanding Senior Scientist for K-State's chapter of the Sigma Xi Society, 2012 Professorial Performance Award at K-State, and in 2013 was awarded the title of university distinguished professor.

He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society, and a fellow of the International Union Against Cancer. He also served on the Kansas State University Research Foundation's board of directors from 2007 to 2013, and was is a member of the executive committee of the research foundation from 2010 to 2013.

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