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Department of Environmental Chemistry


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Research interest of the Department of Environmental Chemistry is focused on the conversions of chemical compounds and the methods of the limitation of the pollutions in agricultural landscape. Moreover, the evaluation of the impact of shelterbelts of different age and plants composition as biogeochemical barriers on the decrease of inorganic and organic pollutions in ground water is also carried out. The objectives of the Department’s activities aim at explaining chemical and biochemical processes and mechanisms performing basic function in the environment. Additionally, the investigations are carried out on the impact of peatlands on the decrease of chemical compounds in ground water. Department deals also with the problem of biologically active substances, both of well known and unknown structure, in soils under crop production, continuous cropping, conventional and no-tillage management such as amino acids, phenolic acids, phytohormones, humic and fulvic acids and enzymes participating in nitrogen cycle and redox processes in soil.

Department of Environmental Chemistry is involved in several Polish and international research projects on i) function of humus and humic acids in transport of biologically active substances in soil, ii) composition of soil organic matter as the indicator of soil and ecosystem functioning activity, iii) function of humus substances and the transformation of nitrogen in peat caused by the drainage and undrainage of peatlands, iv) impact of the melioration on organic matter properties and the content of biologically active substances in peats, v) influence of secondary transformation of peat muck soils on the decrease of the content of chemical compounds in ground water, vi) chemical and physiological properties of organic preparations prepared on the basis of peat, sapropel and brown coal, vii) activity of the enzymes in acrotelm and catotelm of peats of different water regime, viii) soil organic matter changes caused by intensive agriculture and land use.

The head of the Department plays an active role in the work of numerous international scientific organizations and scientific journals. He is a chairperson of the Polish National Committee of the International Peat Society and a member of Executive Board and Scientific Advisory Board of the International Peat Society. He is involved in the membership of editorial boards of the international scientific journals Agronomy Research, Mires and Peat, Earth Science System Data, Peatlands International and Bogs and Biopshere.

Head:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lech Wojciech Szajdak,
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Scientific staff:

Name Position E-mail, phone
Wioletta Gaca, Dr. Adiunct This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+48 618475601 e. 18
Renata Jaskulska, Dr. Eng.   Adiunct    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+48 618475601 e. 18
Teresa Meysner, Dr. Eng. Res.-techn. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+48 618475601 e. 33
Katarzyna Styła, Dr. Eng. Res.-techn. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+48 618475601 e. 18
Marek Szczepański, Dr. Adiunct This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+48 618475601 e. 33

 

Research projects:

  1. Recent research project financed by European Union
    1. ‘PEATACROCATO’ „Impact of arctic zone on the chemical and biochemical processes, conversions and transformations in peat layers”. Leader - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak.
  2. Research projects financed by Polish Ministry of Education
    1. ‘Transformation of chemical compounds and the methods of their limitation in agricultural landscape’. Leader - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak
    2. ‘Evaluation of chemical biochemical conversions of the acrotelm and catotelm of low-moor and high-moor of peatlands’. Leader - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak.
    3. ‘Content and importance of phytohormone indole-3-acetic acid in comparison with chemical, biochemical and physical properties of mineral and organic substrates’. Leader - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak.
    4. ‘Impact of the age and content of the trees on the denitrification process in soil under shelterbelts and adjoining cultivated fields’ doctoral grant of MSc. Wioletta Gaca. Principal advisor - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak.
    5. ‘Efficiency of the shelterbelts on the limit of the nutrients in ground water of agricultural landscape’ doctoral grant of MSc. Renata Jaskulska. Principal advisor - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak
    6. ‘Function of low moor and high moor peatlands in the limitation of chemical compounds in ground water’ doctoral grant of MSc. Marek Szczepańki. Principal advisor - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak
  3. Research project supports by the Government of Poland and Russia
    1. 'Impact of the melioration on organic matter properties and the content of biologically active substances in peats”. Leader - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak
  4. Joint research projects between Polish Academy of Sciences and other Academy of Sciences
    1. Estonian Academy of Sciences:
      ‘Composition of soil organic matter as indicator of soil and ecosystem functioning activity’. Leader - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak
    2. Romanian Academy of Sciences:
      ‘Soil organic matter – the factor of transformation, productivity and sustainable development in plant-soil relationship’. Leader - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak
    3. Russian Academy of Agriculture:
      ‘Function of humus substances and the transformation of nitrogen in peat caused by the drainage and undrainage of peatlands. Leader - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak
    4. National Academy of Sciences of Belarus:
      ‘Function of humus and humic acids in transport of biologically active substances in soil’. Leader - Professor Lech Wojciech Szajdak