Laboratory of physico-chemical aspects of surface

  • Past and ongoing research projects

    • Investigations of adsorption on solids from aqueous solutions: study of the adsorption mechanistic pathways, preparation of new types of adsorbents based on carbonaceous aerogels, study of organic-clay composites for adsorption usage, study of bio sorption possibilities to remove pharmaceutical waste from polluted water;
    • Investigation of interactions between gases and carbonaceous solids: study of oxidation and spontaneous combustion process;
  • Aplications

    • Evaluation of solids behaviour during their heating (thermal stability) under inert and/or oxidative atmosphere including determination of gas evolution;
    • Evaluation of stability of solid-liquid dispersions including particle size distribution;
    • Evaluation of solids propensity to spontaneous combustion process;
    • Evaluation of textural parameters of solids (internal surface, volume and/or size distribution of micropores and mesopores);
    • Evaluation of electrochemical properties of solids using voltammetry.

Laboratory of biochemical analyses

  • Past and ongoing research projects

    • Detection of trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and of hormonal contraception in waters as potential environmental pollutants;
    • Determination of the qualitative and quantitative composition of plant secondary metabolites, primarily of phenolic compounds and observation of their contribution in photo-protective processes;
    • Chromatographic analyses of photosynthetic pigments, examination of the role of xanthophyll cycle in protective mechanisms of higher plants;
    • Determination of antioxidant properties of low-molecular plant metabolites, observation of the effects of growth conditions on their biosynthesis;
    • Determination of gastrointestinal hormones and analysis of other factors enhancing insulin sensitivity in morbidly obese patients.
  • Applications

    • Determination of selected drugs in water and/or more complex matrices;
    • Qualitative and quantitative analysis of polyphenols in plant material (plant extracts, food or food supplements);
    • Electrophoresis of serum proteins of humans and animals
    • Electrophoresis of nucleic acids and DNA cleavage with restriction endonucleases
    • Isolation of monocytes from human peripheral blood
    • Assessment of antioxidant activity, qualitative and quantitative determination of selected low-molecular antioxidants.