Prior to coming to CSI and the Graduate Center in 2005, Professor Kruk was
a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA
(2003 to 2005).  He held positions as a Postdoctoral
Fellow (1998-2003), Research Assistant (1997-1998), and Teaching
Assistant (1994-1996) at Kent State University, Kent, OH.  During the
Summer of 1993, Professor Kruk participated in the Summer Undergraduate
Research Program at Baylor University in Waco,TX.

Professor Kruk’s research interests include:

•Synthesis of ordered nanoporous materials by design.
•Application of controlled polymerizations in the synthesis of nanostructured materials, including porous inorganic/polymer nanocomposites.
•Application of ordered nanoporous materials as templates for nanostructures synthesis, hosts for nanoobjects, and immobilization media for biomolecules for catalysis, sensing and pharmaceutical applications.
•Development of approaches for tailoring of the pore diameter, pore entrance size, framework composition, surface functionality, and structure type of ordered nanoporous materials.
•Development of methods for accurate determination of specific surface area, pore diameter,  phase composition, and for characterization of surface properties of nanoporous materials.
•Development of nanoporous materials with closed pores.


M.S. Chemistry, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland

Ph.D. Chemistry, Kent State University, OH

Scholarship / Publications

Papers in peer-reviewed journals (out of 102 total):

Mandal, M; Kruk, M. “Large-Pore Ethylene-bridged Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas with Face-centered Cubic Structure”, J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114, 20091.

Huang, L; Yan, X; Kruk, M “Synthesis of Ultra-large-pore FDU-12 Silica with Face-centered Cubic Structure”, Langmuir 2010, 26, 14871.

Mandal, M; Kruk, M “Versatile Approach to Synthesis of 2-D Hexagonal Ultra-Large-Pore Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas”, J. Mater. Chem. 2010, 20, 7506.

Cao, L; Kruk, M. “Grafting of Polymer Brushes from Nanopore Surface via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Activators Regenerated by Electron Transfer”, Polym. Chem. 2010, 1, 97.

Huang, L; Dolai, S; Raja, K; Kruk, M ““Click” Grafting of High Loading of Polymers and Monosaccharides on Surface of Ordered Mesoporous Silica”, Langmuir  2010, 26, 2688.

Cao, L; Man, T; Kruk, M. “Synthesis of ultra-large-pore SBA-15 silica with two-dimensional hexagonal structure using triisopropylbenzene as micelle expander”, Chem. Mater. 2009, 21, 1144.

Kruk, M; Dufour, B; Celer, EB; Kowalewski, T.; Jaroniec, M.; Matyjaszewski, K. “Grafting Monodisperse Polymer Chains from Concave Surfaces of Ordered Mesoporous Silicas”, Macromolecules 2008, 41, 8584.

Kruk, M; Hui, CM “Thermally Induced Transition between Open and Closed Spherical Pores in Ordered Mesoporous Silicas”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 1528.