FACULTY OF CHEMISTRY
pl. Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 2
tel. 81 537 5716
The Faculty of Chemistry (established in 1989) consists of the Physical Chemistry Division with four departments, 13 other departments, the Fiber Optic Laboratory, Analytical Laboratory, Repair Workshop, and the Library.
Its research rooms and laboratories are equipped with modern scientific apparatus and audiovisual equipment which is used for teaching purposes on all study levels and for research. The Faculty’s equipment includes the apparatus for measuring isotherms of gas and vapor adsorption/desorption, wetting angle and molecule size; an electrochemical analyzer, a cyclical voltammetry unit, AAS and ICP-OES spectrometers, liquid and gas chromatographs (LC and GC), IC ion chromatographs, GC-MS and LC-MS analysis apparatuses, an X-ray spectrometer ED XRF, a magnetometer, NMR and UV-Vis spectrometers, spectrofluorimeters, a high-temperature autoclave, a high-pressure and microwave reactor, multireactor, syntheses reactor, a laboratory incubator, a reference reactor unit, etc. Special emphasis should be also put on the equipment of research workrooms: a multipurpose integrated spectroscopy system FT-IR, a high-definition scanning electron-ion microscope, an apparatus system for investigation of nanomaterials and catalytic reactions, and a technological line for microstructural and photonic optical fibers production. This equipment was financed through EU grants and funds. The most important projects underway include: Enhancement of the Research and Development Potential of the UMCS Faculty of Chemistry and the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences (now divided into two Faculties); Functional Nanomaterials Center; Modernization and Equipment of Teaching and Research Facilities of the UMCS Biology and Earth Sciences Faculty, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, and the Faculty of Chemistry; Development and Modernization of the Teaching and Research Base for UMCS Priority Study Programmes; Equipment of Laboratories at the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, and at the Faculty of Chemistry for Investigation of Substances with Biological Activity and Environmental Samples.
The projects enable the growth of the Faculty’s innovative and R&D potential, the modernization and equipment of teaching and research facilities, the establishment of the Functional Nanomaterials Center – a center with the high research potential in innovative nanomaterials for high-priority branches of the economy, the research potential in clean energy and clean environment, as well as the establishment, based on ICT equipment, of the first high-performance computation cluster in Eastern Poland.
The Faculty of Chemistry also conducts a number of educational and research projects. It specializes in the following fields: physical chemistry of interfaces, chromatographic separation methods, preparation and modification of sorbents, polymer chemistry, colloids, phosphoroorganic compounds, rare earths elements, chemical and radiochemical aspects of environmental protection, kinetics and mechanism of electrode reactions, heterogeneous catalysis, analysis of the structure of crystalline substances, optical fiber production, chemistry teaching, and chemical analysis of biological preparations.
Research projects are offered for application in the economy and industry. The unit that offers measurement and research services that require special equipment is the Faculty’s Analytical Laboratory (www.lab.umcs.lublin.pl). The lists of research offers available in the remaining units can be found at the Chemistry Faculty websites (www.umcs.lublin.pl/articles.php?aid=7816&mid=25&mref=72051) and the Center for Innovation and Commercialization of Research (www.umcs.lublin.pl/articles.php?aid=6511&mid=195&mref=39383).
The Faculty cooperates with over 60 domestic and almost 100 foreign centers, and it is also a member of interdisciplinary research centers, inter alia the UMCS Nanotechnology Center, the UMCS Environmental Protection Center, the Lublin Scientific and Technological Park, and the Electronics, Optoelectronics, and Teleinformatics Center. Educational projects at the Faculty are addressed to high school and university students. The project “From A Student to An Expert – Environmental Protection in Practice” is intended to support the teaching process at the environmental protection study programme and to integrate theoretical knowledge with practice. Classes are also conducted in English as part of specialization in Materials Chemistry. The project “Professional Reflection-Oriented Focus on Inquiry-based Learning and Education through Science” is addressed to high school students.
The Faculty signed letters of intent with companies, concerning research and development cooperation carried out with participation of UMCS students in the form of student training, Bachelor’s and Master’s theses, and specialist research.