Laboratory of Chromatography and Environmental Analysis


Lab leader: Prof. dr hab. Krystyna Pyrzyńska

There are 2 research groups within the laboratory: Analytical chemistry in investigation and protection of the environment and High performance separation methods.

Research Group: Analytical chemistry in investigation and protection of the environment

Group Leader: Prof. dr. hab. Beata Krasnodębska-Ostręga

Group members:
Dr. Joanna Kowalska,
Dr. Monika Sadowska,
Dr. Katarzyna Kińska,
Dr. Ewa Biaduń,
M.Sc. Krzysztof Drwal,
M.Sc. Alicja Kużelewska

Research profile of the group members: environmental analysis; environmental monitoring (biomonitoring and sample banking); determination of traces of “heavy” metals (Pt, Pd, Tl, Zn, Cd, Cu, Ct, Pb) and metalloids (As) in environmental samples (water, soil, sediments, food, plant and animal tissues); phytoremediation processes; waste management; chemical/physical speciation and fractionation; preparation of new control materials; development of sampling procedures of water and solid samples; optimization of sample pretreatment step (sampling, milling, homogenization), digestion/mineralization (microwave assisted) and UV/Vis digestion (chemically or catalytically accelerated), application of solid phase extraction and liquid chromatography in trace speciation analysis; application of ICP MS and voltammetric determination in total content and speciation analysis/fractionation (water, soil, sediment).

Research subjects:

  • Recognition of defense mechanisms developed by plants, e.g. white mustard cultivated in the presence of high concentrations of As, Tl, Cd, Pt, Pd and Rh.
  • Fractionation studies applied for evaluation of mobility and bioavailability of harmful and nutritious substances from soil and sediment samples.
  • Fractionation in suspended particle matter separated from water ecosystems. Speciation analysis of As, Cr and Tl in water.
  • Reagent-free photodegradation of organic compounds used as a method of preparation of water samples for speciation analysis (HPLC with UV-Vis detection, ICP MS, voltammetry).
  • Study of the stability of speciation (Tl, Cr, As) during sampling and sample pretreatment.
  • Application of stripping voltammetry for trace analysis (below ppb level) of hazardous elements (Sn, Cd, Tl, Pb, Cr, As, Pt, Pd, Rh) in natural samples.

Selected publications:

  • Biaduń; K. Miecznikowski; M. Sadowska; A. Kużelewska; K. Drwal; B. Krasnodebska-Ostrega, Simplification of organic matter before voltammetric analysis of thallium speciation in water using nanostructured photocatalyst and solar light. Anal. Chim. Acta 1076 (2019) 48-54
  • Sadowska, H. Gogolewska, N. Pawelec, A. Sentkowska, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, Comparison of the contents of selected elements and pesticides in honey bees with regard to their habit. Environ Sci. Pollut. Res. (2019) 26:371–380
  • Kińska, J. Jimenez-Lamana, J. Kowalska, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, J. Szpunar, Study of the uptake and bioaccumulation of palladium nanoparticles by Sinapis alba using Single Particle ICP-MS, Sci. Total Environ. 615 (2018) 1078-1085
  • Biaduń, N. Nowak, J. Kowalska, K. Miecznikowski, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, Organic matter decomposition before arsenic speciation analysis of water samples “Soft decomposition” using nano-photocatalysts, Chemosphere 207 (2018) 481-488
  • Kowalska, K. Kińska, M. Biesaga, M. Asztemborska, Application of selective extraction and reverse phase chromatography with three detectors – PAD, FLD and ESI MS for characterization of platinum metabolites and identification of phytochelatins in Sinapis alba L. tissues, Microchem. J. 132 (2017) 198-204
  • Pałdyna, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, J. Kowalska, Ł. Jedynak, J. Golimowski, T. Grobelski, J. Farbiszewska-Kiczma, T. Farbiszewska, Assesment of the mobility od selected elements in bioleached mining waste from Zloty Stok (Poland), Environ Engineering & Managem. J 16 (2017), 2, 401-412
  • Krasnodębska-Ostręga, A. Bielecka, E. Biaduń, K. Miecznikowski, Mesoporous film of WO3 – the “sunlight” assisted decomposition of surfactant in wastewater for voltammetric determination of Pb, Appl. Surf. Sci. 388 (2016) 746-752
  • Sadowska, E. Biaduń, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, Stability of Tl(III) in the context of speciation analysis of thallium in plants, Chemosphere 144 (2016) 1216-1223
  • Kowalska, K. Kińska, M. Sadowska, M. Biesaga, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, The role of phytochelatins in Sinapis alba L. response to stress caused by two toxic elements As and Tl, Int. J. Environ. Anal. Chem. 95 (2015) 1148-1156
  • Ospina-Alvarez, P. Burakiewicz, M. Sadowska, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, Tl(I) and Tl(III) presence in Suspended Particulate Matter: Speciation analysis of thallium in wastewater, Environ. Chem. 12 (2015) 374-379
  • Kowalska, K. Kińska, J. Pałdyna, M. Czyżewska, K. Boder, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, Determination of traces of Pt and Rh in soil and quartz samples contaminated by automobile exhaust after an ion-exchange matrix separation, Talanta 127 (2014) 250–254
  • Ospina-Alvarez, Ł. Głaz, K. Dmowski, B. Krasnodebska-Ostrega, Mobility of toxic elements in carbonate sediments from a mining area in Poland, Environ Chem Lett 12 (2014) 435-441
  • Krasnodębska-Ostręga, M. Sadowska, K. Piotrowska, M. Wojda, Thallium (III) determination in the Baltic seawater samples by ICP MS after preconcentration on SGX C18 modified with DDTC, Talanta 112 (2013) 73-79
  • Kowalska, I. Giska, Ł. Jedynak, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, J. Pałdyna, M. Sadowska, J. Golimowski, Voltammetry as a reference method in the process of preparation of plant control material containing As, Pt and Tl. Electroanal 24 (2012) 1109-1113
  • Krasnodębska-Ostręga, M. Sadowska, S. Ostrowska, Thallium speciation in plant tissues – Tl(III) found in Sinapis alba L. grown in soil polluted with tailing sediment containing thallium minerals, Talanta 93 (2012) 326-329
  • Ł. Jedynak, J. Kowalska, Stability of arsenic species in hydroponic medium and its influence on arsenic uptake and distribution in White mustard (Sinapis alba L.), Microchem. J. 98 (2011) 163-169
  • Ł. Jedynak, J. Kowalska, M. Kossykowska, J. Golimowski, Studies on the uptake of different arsenic forms and the influence of sample pretreatment on arsenic speciation in White mustard (Sinapis alba L.), Microchem. J. 94 (2010) 125-129
  • Krasnodębska-Ostręga, J. Pałdyna, J. Kowalska, Ł. Jedynak, J. Golimowski, Fractionation study in bioleached metallurgy wastes using six-step sequential extraction, J. Hazard. Mater. 167 (2009) 128-135
  • Krasnodębska-Ostręga, M. Kaczorowska, J. Golimowski, Ultrasound-assisted extraction for evaluation of element mobility in bottom sediment collected at mining and smelting Pb-Zn ores area in Poland. Microchim Acta 154 (2006) 39-43
  • Kowalska, M. Asztemborska, B. Godlewska-Zyłkiewicz, J. Golimowski, Systematic Errors in the Determination of Trace Metals, Part II. Memory Effects of Quartz Vessels Used for Sample Preparation in the Determination of UltraTrace Levels of Platinum. Microchim. Acta 150 (2005) 55-5
  • Krasnodębska-Ostręga, H. Emons, J. Golimowski, Element fractionation in soil from urban –industrialized areas using sequential extraction. J. Soil Sediment 4 (2004) 43-48
  • Kowalska, B. Krasnodębska-Ostręga, J. Golimowski, Electroanalytical methods for determination of the metal content and acetic acid available metal fraction in soils. J Anal Bioanal Chem 373 (2002) 116-118
  • Krasnodębska-Ostręga, H. Emons, J. Golimowski, Selective leaching of elements associated with Mn-Fe oxides in forest soil, and comparison of two sequential extraction methods. Fresenius J Anal Chem 371 (2001) 385-390