Częstochowa University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Engineering – CUT
Team in O+
Dr Krystyna Malińska. Krystyna is leading Task 5.6 on plastic alternatives research and co-leading WP5 SOIL. She is an assistant professor at CUT-IEE (from 2011). Her expertise includes organic waste management, bioconversion processes, composts, fertilisers and biochar applications. She has been involved in research on composting and vermicomposting of various feedstock materials, biochar applications for composting and vermicomposting, production of biocomposites. Also, she is a consultant for industrial companies, national funding agencies and ministries. Dr Malińska has been working on national and international research teams (Pennsylvania State University, USA within Fulbright Scholarship; University of Georgia, USA within N. Borlaug Scholarship; IRTA, Spain; Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland) and also received training in issues related to intellectual property, innovations and commercialisation (Stanford University, USA; Harvard University, USA; Warsaw University, Poland).
Prof. Przemysław Postawa. Prof Postawa is an associate professor and the head of the Department of Polymer Processing, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at CUT and the Dean’s Representative for outreach. Prof Postawa has been working on the topics related to modern processing technologies, research and evaluation of properties of materials, research methods, polymeric materials and its composites. He is the author of more than 60 national and international publications, the author of two patents and numerous scientific opinions and reports prepared for enterprises. Prof Postawa demonstrated experience and expertise in technology transfer, commercialization of research results and intellectual property (he participated in the commercialization training at Stanford University, USA).
In the O + project, he is involved in task 5.6 regarding the production of biodegradable materials that can be used in agriculture, e.g. mulch films.
Prof Maciej Mrowiec. Maciej is an associate professor at CUT. Since 2017 he holds the position of the vice-rector for Innovation and Development at CUT. He has been involved in research on integrated urban water management, development of green roofs in urban areas, modelling of pollutants transfer to aquatic environment, sustainable development of urban water and drainage systems, rainwater harvesting and reusing systems. He authored more than 100 national and international publications. He holds four patents and authored numerous scientific opinions and reports for industry. He is the member of the Committee of Environmental Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences and also the member of The State Council for Water Management. Prof Mrowiec has participated in the internships at University of Utah (USA) and Norsk institutt for luftforskning (Norway).
In the O + project he is involved in WP5 Soil.
Dr Tomasz Stachowiak. Dr Stachowiak is an assistant professor at the Polymer Processing Department at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at CUT. Dr Stachowiak has been working on the topics related to modern processing technologies, evaluation and the research of polymers’ features, research methods, modern technologies of processing, polymers and its composites. He is the author of a number of publications of domestic and international range and the co-author of a patent and numerous analyses and expertise for industry. Dr Stachowiak demonstrates experience and expertise in technology transfer, commercialisation of research results and intellectual property (he participated in the commercialisation training at Stanford University, USA).
In the O + project, he is involved in work on task 5.6. Tomasz deals with the production of biodegradable materials from renewable raw materials that can be used as mulch films and other accessories used in growing plants.
Agnieszka Pudełko. ((MSc, PhD candidate) Agnieszka in O+ is involved in task 5.6 about the development of biocomposites for agricultural accessories.
Danuta Dróżdż. (MSc, PhD candidate) Danuta in the O + project is involved in the WP5 SOIL task. She is nmanaging biodegradable waste using composting technology. She is processing, among others, organic fish pond sediments from fish tanks.
About Częstochowa University of Technology
Częstochowa University of Technology (CUT) is an established technical university, one of the top technical universities in Poland with the crucial role to the regional development through teaching, research and outreach. CUT employs 750 faculty, instructors and researchers offers programs and outreach at 6 faculties. The Institute of Environmental Engineering (IEE) is an organisational unit within CUT and provides educational programs for BA, MA and PhD students, postgraduate programs, outreach and consulting for industry (organic recycling facilities, agri-food companies, wastewater treatment plants, biogas plants), research and development in the area of environmental engineering. The research area covers: wastewater treatment, waste and sewage sludge management, soil remediation, water purification. The IIE employs 40 researchers and 20 young scientists including PhD students. The IEE has experience in project on national and international levels (e.g. IEE was the WP leader in WELCOME project within the FP5, EVK1-2001-00132 and the leader of the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme BIOTENMARE, 2013-2016). The IEE has a number of well-equipped laboratories for sanitary biology, biotechnology, sludge technology, waste utilisation, hydrology and hydrogeology, soil and groundwater bioremediation, computer science, earth sciences. The laboratories possess specialised equipment for conducting research projects as well as for teaching, demonstrations and trainings. The laboratory equipment includes: bioreactors (MBR, UASB, SBR), a plasma reactor, ultrasound disintegrators, spectrometer AAS and ICP, a respirometer Micro-Oxymax®, chromatographs GC-MS and HPLC, real time PCR system, a phytotronic- chamber, an anaerobic chamber Shell-lab, a video microscope with fluorescence.