About Department of Environmental Chemistry

Our research is mainly focused on fate (especially bioavailability and ecotoxicity) of different contaminants in environment as well as the development and improvement of methods to removing these contaminants from water, soil and sediments. Most recent works are focused on fate of nanoparticles in soil, sediment and sewage sludges and the effect of these materials on living organisms. We also investigate the use of biochars, activated carbon and carbon nanotubes as an adsorbent  for organic contaminants removal from water, soil and sewage sludge. The important part of our research are photocatalysis for water treatment. We are also interested in all kinds of processes related to interactions between environmental compartments (soil, water, atmosphere, waste materials) and improvement of analytical procedures/techniques in environmental chemistry.

Biochar for water and soil remediation



Recent published/accepted papers

Announcements for students


Department of Environmental Chemistry,

University of Maria Skłodowska-Curie in Lublin

Pl. Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 3

20-031 Lublin Poland
tel. +48 81 537 55 15; fax: +48 81 537 55 65

Nanoparticles in environment

Environmental catalysis

Ecotoxicology and risk assessment

Graduate Students:

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree (M.S./Ph.D.) in environmental chemistry, please send a current CV to Prof. Oleszczuk. For further information regarding graduate studies at UMCS and required application documents, please refer to dr Bożena Czech.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Interested postdoctoral researchers who currently have their own funding source are encouraged to contact Prof. Patryk Oleszczuk for further information regarding current research projects. There is also possibility to receive the funds from NCN programs.

Article I 08 January 2018

Advances and future directions of biochar characterization methods and applications

Igalavithana A.D., [...] Oleszczuk P., Al-Wabel M., Bolan N., Tsang D.C.W., Kim K.H., Ok Y.S.

Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol.

47(23) (2017) 2275–2330 show more

Article I 21 January 2018

Changes of total and freely dissolved polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and toxicity of biochars treated with various aging processes

Oleszczuk P., Kołtowski M.

Environ. Pollut. 237 (2018) 65-73

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Article I 22 January 2018

A field study of bioavailable polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sewage sludge and biochar amended soils

Stefaniuk M., Tsang D.C.W., Ok Y.S.,

Oleszczuk P.

J. Hazard. Mat. 349 (2018) 27–34  show more

Article I 05 February 2017

Application of biochar to sewage sludge reduces toxicity and improve organisms growth in sewage sludge-amended soil in long term field experiment

Stefaniuk M., Oleszczuk P.

Sci. Total Environ. 625 (2018) 8–15

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Article I 14 May 2018

Sequential extraction of nickel and zinc in sewage sludge- or biochar/sewage sludge -amended soil

Bogusz A., Oleszczuk P.,

Sci. Total Environ. 636 (2018) 927–935

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Article I 08 February 2018

Sustainable periodically patterned carbon nanotube for environmental application: Introducing the cheetah skin structure

Shirvanimoghaddam K., Czech B., et al.

J. Clean. Prod. 179 (2018) 429–440

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