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Malgorzata Kowalik



  • Mechanical Engineering

240 Research East





  • MS, Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, 1999
  • Ph D, Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, 2003


Journal Articles

  • Liwen Zhang, Malgorzata Kowalik, Zan Gao, Chowdhury M. Ashraf, Siavash Rajabpour, Clifton Bumgardner, Yosyp Schwab, Behzad Damirchi, Jiadeng Zhu, Dooman Akbarian, James W. Klett, Adrianus C van Duin and Xiaodong Li, 2020, "Converting PBO fibers into carbon fibers by ultrafast carbonization", Carbon, 159, pp. 432-442
  • Qian Mao, Siavash Rajabpour, Malgorzata Kowalik and Adrianus C van Duin, 2020, "Predicting cost-effective carbon fiber precursors: Unraveling the functionalities of oxygen and nitrogen-containing groups during carbonization from ReaxFF simulations", Carbon, 159, pp. 25-36
  • Utsab R Shrestha, Sydney Smith, Sai Venkatesh Pingali, Hui Yang, Mai Zahran, Lloyd Breunig, Liza Anne Wilson, Malgorzata Kowalik, James Kubicki, Daniel J Cosgrove and others, 2019, "Arabinose substitution effect on xylan rigidity and self-aggregation", Cellulose, pp. 1--12
  • Malgorzata Kowalik, Chowdhury Ashraf, Behzad Damirchi, Dooman Akbarian, Siavash Rajahpour and Adrianus C van Duin, 2019, "Atomistic Scale Analysis of the Carbonization Process for C/H/O/N-Based Polymers with the ReaxFF Reactive Force Field", JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 123, (25), pp. 5357-5367
  • Jiadeng Zhu, Zan Gao, Malgorzata Kowalik, Kaushik Joshi, Chowdhury M. Ashraf, Mikhail I. Arefev, Yosyp Schwab, Clifton Bumgardner, Kenneth Brown, Diana Elizabeth Burden, Liwen Zhang, James W. Klett, Leonid V. Zhigilei, Adrianus C van Duin and Xiaodong Li, 2019, "Unveiling Carbon Ring Structure Formation Mechanisms in Polyacrylonitrile-Derived Carbon Fibers", ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 11, (45), pp. 42288-42297
  • Malgorzata Kowalik, Allen B. Schantz, Abdullah Naqi, Yuexiao Shen, Ian Sines, Janna K Maranas and Manish Kumar, 2017, "Chemically specific coarse-grained models to investigate the structure of biomimetic membranes", RSC ADVANCES, 7, (86), pp. 54756-54771
  • Malgorzata Kowalik, 2009, "Current-Induced Magnetic Dynamics in Asymmetric Ferromagnetic Single-Electron Devices", Acta Physica Polonica-Series A General Physics, 115, (1), pp. 290
  • Malgorzata Kowalik, 2008, "Spin torque characteristics for the asymmetric non-collinearly polarized ferromagnetic single-electron devices", Materials Science Poland, 26, (4), pp. 971--975
  • Malgorzata Kowalik, I Weymann and J Barnas, 2007, "Current-induced torque in ferromagnetic single-electron devices in the limits of the fast and slow spin relaxation", MATERIALS SCIENCE-WROCLAW-, 25, (2), pp. 453
  • J Barnas, I Weymann, J Wisniewska, Malgorzata Kowalik and Herbert W Kunert, 2006, "Single-and double-island ferromagnetic single-electron transistors", Materials Science and Engineering: B, 126, (2-3), pp. 275--278
  • Malgorzata Kowalik, Wi\'sniewska, J, Barna\'s and J, 2006, "Torque induced by spin-polarized current in ferromagnetic single-electron transistors", physica status solidi (b), 243, (1), pp. 243--246
  • Wi\'sniewska, J, Malgorzata Kowalik, Barna\'s and J, 2006, "Transport characteristics of ferromagnetic single-electron transistors with non-collinear magnetizations", Materials Science--Poland, 24, (3), pp. 761--767
  • Kowalik, Ma\lgorzata, Adam Lipowski and Antonio L Ferreira, 2002, "Oscillations and dynamics in a two-dimensional prey-predator system", Physical Review E, 66, (6), pp. 066107
  • Adam Lipowski, \Lopata and Ma\lgorzata, 1999, "Model of biological evolution with threshold dynamics and infinitely many absorbing states", Physical Review E, 60, (2), pp. 1516

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