Environmental Catalysis Team (ECT)

Department of Environmental Chemistry
Faculty of Chemistry

ECT consists currently of five permanent staff members and it has four laboratories, localized in the modern building of the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University, to its disposal. The Team offers an expertise in the field of catalyst synthesis as well as in-depth hierarchical characterization of catalytic systems by XRD, RS, SEM, BET, DRIFT and UV/Vis-DR techniques as well as of determination of catalytic activity by means of GC/MS. Oxide catalysts for such environmental processes as: deVOC, deNOx, deSoot, deCH4 and for CO2 valorization (DMR) remain of our main scientific interest. Ashes of various origin, generated by energy sector also belong the frequently studied samples in ECT in the context of their pro-ecological applications for synthesis of new materials. Chemical monitoring of environment (indoor and outdoor air) can be another subject of potential scientific collaboration. Also selected biological samples, e.g. honey and bee products can be investigated in our laboratories from the viewpoint of the content of heavy metals and PAHs.

Activity of the ECT is focused on three fields: studies on oxide catalytic systems, sustainable technologies as well as on selected aspects of environmental analytics. The problems of quality of atmospheric air and of an efficient removal of such impurities as: GHGs, VOCs, noxious combustion products, dusts and PMs emitted from both stationary and mobile sources, belong to the most important points of our interest. Broad experience of the Team in the field of catalytic redox processes of environmental relevance should be particularly stressed. In this context the systematic studies on synthesis and characterization of the heterogeneous catalysts with particular attention paid to the influence of decisive parameters on structure, texture and functional properties of oxides belong to the most important for our studies. Another vector of our activity is oriented toward pro-ecological use of ashes generated from energy sector. It remains of vital importance to elucidate an influence of many variables determining a range of potential use of na given type of ash for industrial applications and for synthesis of new advanced materials. Separate field of our studies is associated with a detailed description of transport phenomena between solids and aqueous solutions. Selected aspects of analytical approach related with indoor and outdoor air quality are also represented in ECT together with determination of VOCs in honey and bee materials as well as in flying ashes and dusts.