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Division of Biogenic Raw Materials

Head of Division

Marzena Smol

Ph.D. Marzena Smol, Assistant professor
Room no.: 422
Phone: (+48)12 617-16-53
Email: smol@min-pan.krakow.pl

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Who we are

Division of Biogenic Raw Materials conducts research in the field of environmental management and engineering as well as biotechnology. A special area of interest are issues related to sustainable management of fertilizer resources (phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium) in order to optimize the use of fertilizer components at the local, regional, national and international levels, while limiting the dispersion of fertilizer raw materials that may have a negative impact on the environment.

Employees

Scientific and research activity

Division of Biogenic Raw Materials specializes in the analysis and assessment of specific problems and phenomena related to the management of fertilizer raw materials, with particular emphasis on phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. The division’s work includes development of management strategies and recommendations (roadmaps) regarding the sustainable management of fertilizer raw materials (from primary and secondary sources) as well as water and sewage management along with the identification of market, technological, legal, environmental and social conditions. Team has experience in developing strategies to protect waters against nitrogen and phosphorus pollution from anthropogenic sources and to determine directions for counteracting the process of eutrophication. The division conducts activities in the field of identification and assessment of saturation of soils and surface waters (lakes, rivers) with fertilizer components and development of the concept of environmentally safe fertilizers, based on model studies on the transfer of phosphates and nitrates to surface waters and soils. In addition, the division conducts research in the field of searching for new materials (including nanomaterials) that may be used in the processes of municipal and industrial wastewater and soils treatment.

Research and development and service activities

Division of Biogenic Raw Materials participates in international projects (Horizon 2020, EIT Raw Materials) related to the management of phosphorus raw materials and the development of recommendations (roadmaps) for the management of biogenic raw materials in the context of the implementation of circular economy.

Our services

Division of Biogenic Raw Materials performs comprehensive work in the field of:

  • development of recommendations (road maps) for sustainable management of raw materials from primary and secondary sources
  • development of the concept of environmentally safe fertilizers based on model studies on the transfer of phosphates and nitrates to surface waters and soils
  • identification and evaluation of fertilizer potential in the field of single and multi-component mineral fertilizers produced on the basis of waste (municipal and industrial sewage, sewage sludge, bottom sediments of water reservoirs, soils saturated with nutrients, waste from the agri-food sector and others)
  • assessment of technological, legal, environmental and social aspects of the management of biogenic raw materials
  • developing strategies to protect waters against contamination with biogenic raw materials from anthropogenic sources and defining directions of counteracting the process of eutrophication
  • characteristics of new materials (including nanomaterials) that may be used in municipal and industrial wastewater and soils treatment processes