Dr. Piotr Guńka will be a Visiting Investigator for the next year from the Warsaw University of Technology. He will be working with Timothy Strobel on hydrogen and helium inclusion compounds of main group elements oxides formed under high pressure.
Dr. Guńka will study the intermolecular interactions in the compounds and try to understand the dynamics of hydrogen molecules confined in small voids in the compounds. He also will study the effect of temperature on the structures and to get involved in other research projects carried out in Tim's group.
His research interests revolve around structural chemistry involving elements with stereoactive lone electron pairs. The interests have so far been realized by studying arsenic(III) oxide. He's also interested in inorganic chemistry in general, crystallography, bond valence theory and novel definitions of coordination numbers.