UMCSMaria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin is the biggest publicly-funded university east of the Vistula river. As an institution with deep roots in the region, it has been fulfilling its culture- and opinion-forming role and significantly contributing to the creation of knowledge-based economy for nearly 70 years. Up to this date, our Alma Mater has produced over 210,000 graduates. Currently, we are educating over 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and doctoral students.


Constantly increased is the scientific and research potential of UMCS, among others thanks to European funding. We have modern laboratories and classrooms. We invest in infrastructure and upgrade our existing facilities. We have erected modern facilities and established new laboratories, such as the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management, the Institute of Computer Science, or the Functional Nanomaterials Centre at the Faculty of Chemistry. Recently, the university has also opened the Media and Art Incubator, a unique in Eastern Poland modern digital creation centre contributing to the dialogue between education, culture, art, and media. We have signed a MoU with TVP Lublin concerning joint media projects execution in the Incubator.

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.

BPDr  Beata Podkościelna

Education: 2009 Ph.D., Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland; supervisor: Prof. dr hab. Barbara Gawdzik; Thesis title: Synthesis and characterization of polymeric packing for HPLC based on biphenols. 

2009-present     adjunct in the Department of Polymer Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Function – researcher and academic teacher.

2003-2009      assistant in the Department of Polymer Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland

1998-2003     technical-engineering staff  in the Department of Polymer Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland


Research Interests:

-Synthetic Polymer Chemistry

-Chemical modification of polymeric microspheres


-Physico-chemical and thermal studies of polymers.

She is the author of 27 scientific publications which, according to the Web of Science database were cited 118 times. She is also the author of about 60 conference presentations, 1 patent and 1 patent application. She was a performer of 3 research projects (grant the Commission of the European Communities). She is a member of the Polish Chemical Society. 

BGawdzik141 3Prof. Barbara Gawdzik

Barbara Gawdzik was born in 1954 in Lublin. After receiving M.Sc. from Maria Curie-Sklodowska (MCS) University in 1978 she was employed at the Department of Polymer Chemistry and Technology in MCS University. She received Ph.D. in 1986 and habilitation in 1993.

In 2004 she obtained the title of professor.  Since 2006  has also been head of the Department of Polymer Chemistry, MCS University.    

She is the author and co-author of  150 original papers in international journals, 170 published as conference materials, 22 patents, and supervisor of 8 Ph.D. theses.

Main areas of her scientific interests include:

• synthesis of new monomers and polymers,

• heterogeneous polymerization techniques,

• investigations of porous structure of  polymeric materials,

• preparation of polymeric microspheres for chromatography,

• synthesis and applications of imprinted polymers,

• synthesis and investigations of carbon adsorbents from synthetic polymers,

• environmental protection, wasteless processes.