independent publications

28. Kirchner S., Leistner A.-L., Gödtel P., Seliwjorstow A., Weber S., Karcher J., Nieger M., Pianowski Z.

Hemipiperazines as peptide-derived molecular photoswitches with low-nanomolar cytotoxicity

Nat. Commun. 2022, 13, 6066


27. Gödtel P., Pianowski Z. (bookchapter)

Emerging molecular photoswitches

in "Molecular photoswitches. Chemistry, properties and applications" (Wiley-VCH, Ed. Z. Pianowski)


26. Kirchner S., Leistner A.-L., Pianowski Z. (bookchapter)

Photoswitchable peptides and proteins

in "Molecular photoswitches. Chemistry, properties and applications" (Wiley-VCH, Ed. Z. Pianowski)


25. Leistner A.-L., Pianowski Z. (review)

Smart photochromic materials triggered with visible light

Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2022, 19, e202101271


24. Leistner A.-L., Kistner D. G., Fengler C., Pianowski Z.

Reversible photodissipation of composite photochromic azobenzene-alginate supramolecular hydrogels.

RSC Adv., 2022,12, 4771-4776


23. Leistner A.-L., Kirchner S., Karcher J., Bantle T., Schulte M. R., Gödtel P., Fengler C., Pianowski Z.
Fluorinated Azobenzenes Switchable with Red Light
Chem. Eur. J., 2021, 27(31), 8094-8099.

22. Karcher J., Kirchner S., Leistner A.-L., Hald C., Geng P., Bantle T., Gödtel P., Pfeifer J., Pianowski Z.
Selective release of a potent anticancer agent from a supramolecular hydrogel using green light
RSC Adv., 2021, 11, 8546-8551

Graphical abstract: Selective release of a potent anticancer agent from a supramolecular hydrogel using green light

21. Pianowski Z. (review)
Recent implementations of molecular photoswitches into smart materials and biological systems.
Chem. Eur. J., 2019, 25, 5128-5144

Recently reported applications of photoresponsive systems, particularly azobenzenes, spiropyrans, diarylethenes and indigoids, for smart materials and photocontrol of biological setups.


20. Studer S., Hansen D.A., Pianowski Z., Mittl P.R.E., Debon A., Guffy S.L., Der B.S., Kuhlman B., Hilvert D,
Evolution of a highly active and enantiospecific metalloenzyme from short peptides.
Science, 2018, 362 (6420), pp.1285-1288

Emulating metalloenzyme biogenesis from peptides:(A) Zinc-mediated assembly of helix-turn-helix fragments, followed by fusion and asymmetric diversification, afforded MID1sc10, an efficient metalloesterase. (B) Simplified schematic showing the specific steps performed in the diversification process.(Reprinted with permission from AAAS)


19. Karcher J., Pianowski Z.,
Photocontrol of Drug Release from Supramolecular Hydrogels with Green Light
Chem. Eur. J., 2018, 24, pp. 11605-11610 (hot paper):

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18. Pianowski Z., Karcher J., Schneider K.;
Photoresponsive self-healing supramolecular hydrogels for light-induced release of DNA and doxorubicin
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 3143-3146. 




17. patent - Pianowski Z., Karcher J., Schneider K.;
Photosensitive Diketopiperazine für supramolekulare Systeme und die kontrollierte Freisetzung aus Hydrogelen
DE 10 2015 014 834 A1 (Priority: 11.11.2015, Publication 03.08.2017)



16. Bjelic S., Kipnis Y., Wang L., Pianowski, Z., Vorobiev S., Su M., Seetharaman J., Xiao R., Kornhaber G., Hunt J., Tong L., Hilvert D., Baker D.;
Exploration of Alternate Catalytic Mechanisms and Optimization Strategies for Retroaldolase Design
J. Mol. Biol. 2014, 426(1), 256-271.

15. Gillingham D., Martinez A., Pianowski Z.;
Report from the 47th EUCHEMS Conference on Stereochemistry: The Bürgenstock Conference.
Chimia, 2012, 66 (11), 873-875.

14. Richter F., Blomberg R., Khare S., Kiss G., Kuzin A., Smith A., Gallaher J., Pianowski, Z., Helgeson R., Grjasnow A., Xiao R., Seetharaman J., Su M., Vorobiev S., Lew S., Forouhar F., Kornhaber G., Hunt J., Montelione G., Tong L., Houk K.N., Hilvert D., Baker D.;
Computational design of catalytic dyads and oxyanion holes for ester hydrolysis.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134 (39), 16197-16206.

13. Woersdoerfer B., Pianowski Z., Hilvert D.;
Efficient in vitro Encapsulation of Protein Cargo by an Engineered Protein Container
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134 (2), 909-911.

Graduate studies:

12. Gassman N.R., Nelli J.P., Dutta S., Kuhn A., Bonin K., Pianowski Z., Winssinger N., Guthold M., Macosko J.C.;
Selection of bead-displayed, PNA-encoded chemicals
J. Mol. Recognition 2010, 23 (5), 414-422.

11. Broggini-Tenzer A., Hollenstein A., Pianowski Z., Wampfler A., Furmanova P., Winssinger N., Pruschy M.;
Substrate screening identifies a novel target sequence for the proteasomal activity regulated by ionizing radiation
Proteomics 2010, 10 (2), 304-314.

10. Pianowski Z., Gorska K., Oswald L., Merten C., Winssinger N.;
Imaging of mRNA in Live Cells Using Nucleic-Acid Templated Reduction of Azidorhodamine Probes
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131 (18), 6492-6497.

9. Pianowski Z., Winssinger N.;
Nucleic Acid Encoding to Program Self-Assembly in Chemical Biology
Chem. Soc.Rev. 2008, 37(7), 1330-1336.

8. Pothukanuri S., Pianowski Z., Winssinger N.;
Expanding the Scope and Orthogonality of PNA Synthesis
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2008, 18, 3141-3148.

7. Winssinger N., Pianowski Z., Barluenga S.;
Chemical technologies: Probing biology with small molecules; chapter in Chemical and Functional Genomic Approaches to Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Ding S., ed., Wiley, May 2008, 109-144; ISBN: 978-0-470-04146-8

6. Pianowski Z., Winssinger N.;
Fluorescence-based detection of single nucleotide permutation in DNA via catalytically templated reaction
Chem. Commun. 2007, 37, 3820-3822.

5. Winssinger N., Pianowski Z., Debaene F.;
Probing Biology with Small Molecule Microarrays (SMM)
Top. Curr. Chem. 2007, 278, 311-342.

4. Debaene F., Da Silva J.A., Pianowski Z., Duran F.J., Winssinger N.;
Expanding the Scope of PNA-Encoded Libraries: Divergent Synthesis of Libraries Targeting Cysteine, Serine and Metallo-Proteases as Well as Tyrosine Phosphatases.Tetrahedron (50th Anniversary Symposium-in-Print,Part 3) 2007, 63 (28), 6577-6586.

Undergraduate studies:

3. Rupnicki L., Urbanczyk-Lipkowska Z., Stepień A., Cmoch P., Pianowski Z., Stalinski K.;
New Distannates Containing the Chiral 2-(4-isopropyl-2-oxazolinyl)-5-phenyl Ligand
J. Organomet. Chem. 2005, 690 (16), 3690-3696.

2. Pianowski Z., Rupnicki L., Cmoch P., Staliński K.;
Tandem Radical Cyclizations Leading to the bicyclo[2.2.1] heptane Framework. A New Radical Approach to (+/-)-(Z)-beta-Santalol
Synlett 2005, 6, 900-904.

1. Pianowski Z., Staliński K.;
Application of Dialkyltin Hydrides Containing the Chiral 2-(4-Isopropyl-2-oxazolinyl)-5-phenyl Ligand in Radical Cyclizations at the Steady State
Polish J.Chem. 2005, 79, 721-729