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Dr. Marszewski is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in Prof. Laurent Pilon’s research group at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received a Ph.D. degree in the field of Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State University and a M.Sc. degree in the field of Chemistry from the Faculty of Advanced Technologies and Chemistry at Military University of Technology.

Dr. Marszewski has engaged in cutting-edge research of nanoporous materials for energy and environmental applications since he was a master's student. To date, his work resulted in 21 peer-reviewed publications that were cited over 520 times (as of 06/02/2019, Google Scholar), one US Provisional Patent, nine conference presentations, and one invited seminar. He has received awards for his research activity, including University Fellowship, Taylor Research Award, and Graduate Student Research Award. Recently, Dr. Marszewski has been nominated for the UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research.

In his spare time, Dr. Marszewski enjoys hiking, reading about black holes, dark matter, dark energy and the future of the Universe, and binge watching Numberphile and The Royal Institution.

Curriculum Vitae

Education & experience

Postdoctoral Scholar                  2016–present
University of California, Los Angeles
Mentor: Professor Laurent Pilon

Ph.D. Chemistry                           2011–2016
Kent State University
Mentor: Professor Mietek Jaroniec

M.Sc. Chemistry                          2005–2010
Military University of Technology, Poland
Mentor: Professor Jerzy Choma

Awards & Honors

  • Departmental nomination for the UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research, 2018.
  • Bush Teaching Award, Kent State University, 2016.
  • University Fellowship, Kent State University, 2015.
  • Taylor Research Award, Kent State University, 2015.
  • Graduate Student Research Award, Kent State University, 2012.
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement 4.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average Award, Phi Beta Delta, Beta Zeta Chapter, 2012.
  • Debbie Fu-Tai Tuan Graduate Scholarship, Kent State University, 2011.
  • Academic Performance Scholarship, Military University of Technology, 2006–2010.

Teaching experience

  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM 00020)
  • Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 10095)
  • General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (CHEM 10063)
  • Elementary Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 40568)
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 40557)

Service to profession

  • Review committee of the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (UCLA Undergraduate Research Center, 2017–2019)
  • Reviewer: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Adsorption Science and Technology, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Cellulose, Chemical Communications, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, International Journal of Photoenergy, Journal of Nanomaterials, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Langmuir, Nanotechnology Reviews


  1. Galy, T.; Mu, D.; Marszewski, M.; Pilon, L. Computer-generated mesoporous materials and associated structural characterization. Mater. Sci. 2019, 157, 156–167. (link)
  2. Marszewski, M.; Butts, D.; Lan, E.; Yan, Y.; King, S.C.; McNeil, P.E.; Galy, T; Dunn, B.; Tolbert, S.H.; Hu, Y.; Pilon, L. Effect of surface hydroxyl groups on heat capacity of mesoporous silica. Phys. Lett. 2018, 112, 201903. (link)
  3. Marszewski, M.; Marszewska, J.; Pylypenko, S.; Jaroniec, M. Synthesis of porous crystalline doped titania photocatalysts using modified precursor strategy. Mater. 2016, 28, 7878–7888. (link)
  4. Choma, J.; Osuchowski, L.; Marszewski, M.; Dziura, A.; Jaroniec, M. Developing microporosity in Kevlar®-derived carbon fibers by CO2 activation for CO2 J. CO2 Utilization 2016, 16, 17–22. (link)
  5. Choma, J.; Stachurska, K.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Equilibrium isotherms and isosteric heat for CO2 adsorption on nanoporous carbons from polymers. Adsorption 2016, 22, 581–588. (link)
  6. Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Scaffold-assisted synthesis of crystalline mesoporous titania materials. RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 61960–61972. (link)
  7. Marszewski, M.; Cao, S.; Yu, J.; Jaroniec, M. Semiconductor-based photocatalytic CO2 Mater. Horiz. 2015, 2, 261–278. (link)
  8. Choma, J.; Marszewski, M.; Osuchowski, Ł.; Jagiello, J.; Dziura, A.; Jaroniec, M. Adsorption properties of activated carbons prepared from waste CDs and DVDs. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2015, 3, 733–742. (link)
  9. Choma, J.; Osuchowski, Ł.; Dziura, A.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Benzene and methane adsorption on ultrahigh surface area carbons prepared from sulphonated styrene divinylbenzene resin by KOH activation. Adsorption Sci. Technol. 2015, 33, 6–8. (link)
  10. Dziura, A.; Marszewski, M.; Choma, J.; de Souza, L.K.; Osuchowski, Ł.; Jaroniec, M. Saran-derived carbons for CO2 and benzene sorption at ambient conditions. Eng. Chem. Res. 2014, 53, 15383–15388. (link)
  11. Choma, J.; Osuchowski, Ł.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Highly microporous polymer-based carbons for CO2 and H2 adsorption. RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 14795–14802. (link)
  12. Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Toward tunable adsorption properties, structure, and crystallinity of titania obtained by block copolymer and scaffold-assisted templating. Langmuir 2013, 29, 12549–12559. (link)
  13. Baggetto, L.; Marszewski, M.; Górka, J.; Jaroniec, M.; Veith, G. M. AlSb thin films as negative electrodes for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. Power Sources 2013, 243, 699–705. (link)
  14. Parker, A.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Microwave-assisted synthesis of porous carbon–titania and highly crystalline titania nanostructures. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2013, 5, 1948–1954. (link)
  15. Choma, J.; Jedynak, K.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Organic acid-assisted soft-templating synthesis of ordered mesoporous carbons. Adsorption 2013, 19, 563–569. (link)
  16. Choma, J.; Jedynak, K.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Polymer-templated mesoporous carbons synthesized in the presence of nickel nanoparticles, nickel oxide nanoparticles, and nickel nitrate. Surf. Sci. 2012, 258, 3763–3770. (link)
  17. Choma, J.; Jamioła, D.; Augustynek, K.; Marszewski, M.; Gao, M.; Jaroniec, M. New opportunities in Stöber synthesis: preparation of microporous and mesoporous carbon spheres. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 12636–12642. (link)
  18. Choma, J.; Jamioła, D.; Augustynek, K.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Carbon–gold core–shell structures: formation of shells consisting of gold nanoparticles. Commun. 2012, 48, 3972–3974. (link)
  19. Choma, J.; Dziura, A.; Jamiola, D.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Preparation of mesoporous carbons with high specific surface area and large pore volume (in polish). Ochr. Srod. 2012, 34, 3–7. (link)
  20. Choma, J.; Jedynak, K.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Morphology and adsorption properties of mesoporous carbons obtained by soft-templating in the presence of zinc nitrate and nanoparticles of zinc and zinc oxide (in polish). Biul. WAT 2012, 61, 265–280. (link)
  21. Choma, J.; Jedynak, K.; Gorka, J.; Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Synthesis and properties of mesoporous carbons with gold particles (in polish). Ochr. Srod. 2011, 33, 3–8. (link)


  1. Marszewski, M. (substituting for Pilon, L.) Thermally insulating and optically clear mesoporous silica monoliths (invited talk). In abstracts of the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, USA, 2019.
  2. Marszewski, M. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous TiO2 and SiO2 from colloidal and molecular precursors (invited seminar). California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA, USA, 2018.
  3. Marszewski, M.; Yan, Y.; King, S.C.; Galy, T.; Li, M.; McNeil, P.E.; Lan, E.; Tolbert, S.H.; Hu, Y.; Dunn, B.; Pilon, L. Synthesis and characterization of thick transparent mesoporous nanoparticle-based SiO2 thermal barriers (oral). In abstracts of the 10th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2018.
  4. Pilon, L.; Dunn, B.; Hu, Y.; Tolbert, S.; Marszewski, M.; Galy, T.; Lan, E.; McNeil, P.E.; Kang, J.S.; Li, M.; Yan, Y.; King, S. Thermally insulating transparent barrier coatings for single-pane windows (poster & technology showcase). At the 2018 Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit, Washington, DC, USA, 2018.
  5. Pilon, L.; Dunn, B; Hu, Y.; Tolbert, S.; Marszewski, M.; Galy, T.; Lan, E.; Butts, D.; McNeil, P.E.; Kang, J.S.; Li, M.; Yan, Y.; King, S. Thermally insulating transparent barrier coatings for single-pane windows (poster). At the Annual Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD) Program Review Summit, Providence, RI, USA, 2017.
  6. Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Nanostructured titania materials for photocatalytic applications (oral). In abstracts of the 9th Annual Cleveland State Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Cleveland, OH, USA, 2015.
  7. Marszewski, M.; Jaroniec, M. Effect of scaffold source on titania materials obtained by scaffold-assisted templating (poster). In abstracts of the Nano-7 International Conference, Niagara Falls, Canada, 2014 & the 30th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, Kent, OH, USA, 2015 & the 3rd Annual SAACS Honors Week Poster Session, Kent, OH, USA, 2015.


  1. Marszewski, M.; Pilon, L.G.; Tolbert, S.H.; Dunn, B.S.; Yan, Y.; King, S. Optically-clear thermally-insulating porous nanoparticle aggregate slabs, U.S. Provisional Patent Serial No. 62/689,548, filed June 25, 2018.

Press coverage

  1. Honorable mention for the first-author paper in “10 Solar Fuels Papers of 2015,” Solar Fuels Institute, December 22, 2015. (link)
  2. Coauthored paper covered in “How unwanted CDs and DVDs could help cut carbon emissions,” ACS News Service Weekly PressPac, April 08, 2015. (link)
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