Polish Academy of Sciences

Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry

The research activities of the Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences (ICSC PAS) cover the interdisciplinary field of catalysis and the physical chemistry of phenomena occurring at solid/gas, liquid/gas and solid/liquid interfaces with an emphasis put on their significance and mechanisms in catalysis, flotation, adsorption and detergency.

ICSC PAS integrates fundamental theoretical and experimental studies, and combines them with applied research so that the results obtained can be used directly to improve technological processes.

Theoretical and experimental investigation of biomass valorisation, fuel cells, CO2 storage and CO2 hydrogenation are the key expertise of ICSC PAS in relation to Energy-X project.

Prof. Małgorzata Witko

Malgorzata Witko graduated with M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (1973). In 1978, she obtained a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Physical Chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. Since 2002 she is the Director of Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland. In 2007 she was elected to become a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Her scientific interests cover quantum chemical/solid state physics computational methods as tools to identify and characterize electronic/structural (support, dopant, ligand) and steric factors (mutual orientation of reactants) influencing the selectivity/activity and direction of chemical processes as well as molecular mechanisms of heterogeneous, homogeneous, and enzymatic catalytic.

Prof. Dorota Rutkowska-Zbik

Dorota Rutkowska-Zbik graduated with M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (2000). In 2005, she obtained a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Physical Chemistry from the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow (ICSC PAS, now Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences). After her post-doc at Lund University, Sweden, she came back to Krakow and was appointed in ICSC PAS. Her research interests covered application of quantum-chemical methods to study problems of bio-inorganic chemistry and catalysis, with the emphasis on the theoretical characterization of nano-sized catalysts and reaction mechanisms. In 2012, she became a leader of “Catalysis in the Protection of Natural Environment” Group. The group combines theoretical modelling and experimental approach to study environmentally important catalytic processes.