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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

  • Zan Gao, Jiadeng Zhu, Siavash Rajabpour, Kaushik Joshi, Malgorzata Kowalik, Brendan Croom, Yosyp Schwab, Liwen Zhang, Clifton Bumgardner, Kenneth R Brown and others, 2020, "Graphene reinforced carbon fibers", Science Advances, 6, (17), pp. eaaz4191
  • Liwen Zhang, Malgorzata Kowalik, Zan Gao, Chowdhury M Ashraf, Siavash Rajabpour, Clifton Bumgardner, Yosyp Schwab, Behzad Damirchi, Jiadeng Zhu, Dooman Akbarian and others, 2020, "Converting PBO fibers into carbon fibers by ultrafast carbonization", Carbon, 159, pp. 432--442
  • Aniruddh Vashisth, Malgorzata Kowalik, Joseph Gerringer, Chowdhury Ashraf, Adrianus C van Duin and Micah J Green, 2020, "ReaxFF Simulations of Laser-Induced Graphene (LIG) Formation for Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites", ACS Applied Nano Materials
  • Malgorzata Kowalik, Chowdhury Ashraf, Siavash Rajabpour, Behzad Damirchi, Dooman Akbarian, Qian Mao and Adrianus C van Duin, 2020, "Atomistic analysis of PBO carbonization process with ReaxFF Reactive Force Field", Bulletin of the American Physical Society
  • 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

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