Supervisors from Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute



Magdalena Wdowin is a professor at the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków, where she leads the Division of Applied Geochemistry and Environmental Engineering. In 2004 she graduated from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, obtaining a master's degree in engineering in mining and geology, with a specialization in mineralogy and applied geochemistry. She next earned a PhD in geology from the same University in 2010, with a  specialization: in mineralogy. She earned her DSc (habilitation) in environmental engineering in 2015 from the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at the Lublin University of Technology. Since 2007, she has been an employee of the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences. In her professional career she has specialized in waste management, in particular the use of coal combustion by-products. She has done significant work in the field of synthesis of porous materials obtained from fly ash and their usage as sorbents of gaseous forms of mercury and CO2, as well as purification of wastewater.

Research interests:

Environmental pollution, waste management, mineralogy, geochemistry, energy storage.

Major publications:

Czarna-Juszkiewicz D., Cader J., Wdowin M. (2020). “From coal ashes to solid sorbents for hydrogen storage”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 122355.

Musyoka N. M., Wdowin M., Rambau K. M., Franus W., Panek R., Madej J., Czarna-Juszkiewicz D., (2020). “Synthesis of activated carbon from high-carbon coal fly ash and its hydrogen storage application”, Renewable Energy, 155, 1264-1271.

Czarna D., Baran P., Kunecki P., Panek R., Żmuda R., Wdowin M. (2018). “Synthetic zeolites as potential sorbents of mercury from wastewater occurring during wet FGD processes of flue gas”, Journal of Cleaner Production 172, 2636-2645.

Panek R., Wdowin M., Franus W., Czarna D., Stevens L.A., Deng H., Liu J., Sun C., Liu H., Snape C. E. (2017). “Fly ash-derived MCM-41 as a low-cost silica support for polyethyleneimine in post-combustion CO2 capture”, Journal of CO2 Utilization 22, 81-90.

Wdowin M., Wiatros-Motyka M.M., Panek R., Stevens L. A., Franus W., Snape C. E. (2014). “Experimental study of mercury removal from exhaust gases”, Fuel 128, 451-457.


Emil Hanc is an assistant professor at the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He graduated from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, obtaining a master’s degree in power engineering with a specialization in hydrogen energy. He received a Ph.D. from the AGH-UST in 2012. He spent a 2-years postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore. His research interest includes energy storage in many forms, especially using electrochemical technologies such as Li-ion batteries and fuel cells.

Research interests:

Li-ion batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, energy storage

Major publications:

Hanc E., Zajac W., Lu L., Yan B., Kotobuki M., Ziąbka M., Molenda J., On fabrication procedures of Li-ion conducting garnets, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 248 (2017) 51–60

Hanc E., Zając W., Molenda J.; Synthesis procedure and effect of Nd, Ca and Nb doping on structure and electrical conductivity of Li7La3Zr2O12 garnets, Solid State Ionics 262 (2014) 612-621

Plewa A., Kulka A., Hanc E., Zajac W., Sun J., Lu L., Molenda J., Facile aqueous synthesis of high performance Na2FeM(SO4)3 (M = Fe, Mn, Ni) alluaudites for low cost Na-ion batteries, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2020, 8, 2728

He H., Lu X., Hanc E., Chen C., Zhang H., Lu L., Advances in lead-free pyroelectric materials: a comprehensive review, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2020,8, 1494-1516

Chen C., Sun Y., He L., Kotobuki M., Hanc E., Chen Y., Zeng K., Lu L., Microstructural and Electrochemical Properties of Al- and Ga-Doped Li7La3Zr2O12 Garnet Solid Electrolytes, ACS Applied Energy Materials 2020, 3, 4708−4719 



Dr. Marzena Smol is the Head of the Division of Biogenic Raw Materials at the Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSMiE PAN). Author and co-author over 90 publications (H-index 14) in raw materials recovery from waste, raw materials management, wastewater treatment, life cycle assessment (LCA). She completed a master’s degree in Environmental Protection and International Project Management. PhD in technical sciences – Environmental Engineering. Manager and contractor in international projects in the field of raw materials management and recovery in implementing the principles of sustainable development (SD), circular economy (CE), and the strategies for the Green Deal in the water and sewage, fertilizer, and agri-food sectors. Member of the Scientific Council of IGSMiE PAN. She participated in preparing the Roadmap Transformation towards the circular economy in Poland (Ministry of Development). Holder of Internship in BAM - Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany) – recovery of phosphorus from wasteHolder of Springer Nature 2020 Highlights and Scientist of the Future Award. Expert in Research Executive Agency (REA) European Commission EC. Expert in Polish Center for Accreditation. The organizer of summer and winter schools for students; workshops for stakeholders; conferences for scientists and entrepreneurs. 

Research interests: 

Circular economy (CE), Green Deal, waste managementraw materials recovery, water, wastewatersewage sludge, food waste, fertilizers, life cycle assessment (LCA) 

Major publications: 

Smol, M., Adam, C., & Kugler, S. A. (2020). Inventory of Polish municipal sewage sludge ash (SSA)–Mass flows, chemical composition, and phosphorus recovery potential. Waste Management, 116, 31-39. 

Smol, M. (2019). The importance of sustainable phosphorus management in the circular economy (CE) model: the Polish case study. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, 21(2), 227-238. 

Smol, M., Kulczycka, J., Henclik, A., Gorazda, K., & Wzorek, Z. (2015). The possible use of sewage sludge ash (SSA) in the construction industry as a way towards a circular economy. Journal of Cleaner Production, 95, 45-54. 

Smol, M., Kulczycka, J., & Avdiushchenko, A. (2017). Circular economy indicators in relation to eco-innovation in European regions. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 19(3), 669-678. 

Smol, M., Kulczycka, J., Lelek, Ł., Gorazda, K., & Wzorek, Z. (2020). Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the integrated technology for the phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge ash (SSA) and fertilizers production. Archives of Environmental Protection, 46(2).

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Barbara Tomaszewska finished her PhD degree in 2001 at the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection (Poland) in AGH - University of Science and Technology in Krakow.  

Since 2020, she has been a Full Professor of natural sciences/Earth and related environmental sciences. She has been working transdisciplinary in the broad field of water resources and low-enthalpy geothermal resources, water desalinationhydrogeochemistry, environmental chemistry and sustainable and renewable energy resources.  

Prof. Tomaszewska is internationally recognized particularly for her studies in a field of sustainable management of geothermal resources, efficient utilization of geothermal water and advanced research aimed at the optimization of geothermal water treatment/concentration processes using membrane techniques. She published plenty of scientific papers in leading international and national journals, twelve books and played the role of editor or co-editor six of them including in particular “Geothermal Water Management” (Bundschuh (ed.), Tomaszewska (ed.), 2018), as well as she is an author of numerous book chapters. Since 2018, she is serving as Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal “Groundwater for Sustainable Development” and guest editor of the international journals “Journal of Hazardous Materials” and “Energies”. Also, she is an active reviewer for many international journals. She has organized several special symposia at various international conferences and was an invited speaker (plenary and keynote) at many international events.  

Research interests: 

Geothermics, Geothermal water, Water researchDesalination. 

Major publications: 

Jarma Y. A., Karaoglu A., Tekin O., Baba A., Okten H. E., Tomaszewska B., Bostancı K., Arda M., Kabay N. (2021). Assessment of different nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes for simultaneous removal of arsenic and boron from spent geothermal water. Journal of Hazardous Materials 405 , 124129  

Bundschuh J.Armienta M. A., Morales-Simfors N., Ayaz Alam M., López D. L., Delgado Quezada V., Dietrich S., Schneider J., Tapia J.Sracek O., Castillo E., Lue-Meru Marco Parra, Altamirano Espinoza M., L. Roberto Guimarães Guilherme, N. Nahuel Sosa, N. Khan Niazi, B. Tomaszewska, K. Lizama Allende, K. Bieger, Alonso D. L.Brandão P. F. B., Bhattacharya P., Litter M. I., Ahmad A. (2020). Arsenic in Latin America: New findings on source, mobilization and mobility in human environments in 20 countries based on decadal research 2010-2020. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 

Tomaszewska B.Bundschuh J.Pajak L.Dendys M., Quezada V.D.Bodzek M.Armienta M.A., Muñoz M.O.Kasztelewicz A. (2020).  Use of low-enthalpy and waste geothermal energy sources in solving the arsenic problems related to freshwater production in selected regions of Latin America. Science of The Total Environment 714, 136853. 

Tomaszewska B. (2018) New approach to the utilisation of concentrates obtained during geothermal water desalination. Desalination And Water Treatment 128, 407-413.  

Tomaszewska B.Pająk L.Bundschuh J.Bujakowski W. (2018). Low-enthalpy geothermal energy as a source of energy and integrated freshwater production in inland areas: Technological and economic feasibility. Desalination 435, 35-44.