Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa

Description of Jan Dlugosz University (JDU) in Czestochowa, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology:

JDU is a public university, with history that traces back to 1971. At present the University community is created by nearly 7, 000 students and about 650 academic staff members. The University offers 30 fields for bachelor, master and doctoral studies including engineering studies. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences conducts scientific research and educates students in the fields of science, nature and technology. The following are the strong points of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: scientific achievements which are recognisable in Poland and abroad; a large group of individual researchers; active participation in raising money to finance our research and educational activity; intense cooperation with research centres in Poland and abroad. The Faculty possesses professional and modern laboratories which are equipped with the new generation measuring and exploratory apparatus. The results of the research conducted by the Faculty’s academic teachers are cited in the most important research journals and are highly evaluated at international symposia or conferences. The Faculty has the right to confer a doctor’s degree in the fields of physical and chemical sciences. Research grants and projects result in many implementations in industry. The Institute of Chemistry, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology is a part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Description of the polysaccharide research activities:

The activities of the Institute revolve around the synthesis and characterization of new biodegradable materials for application in agriculture, packaging industry, medicine and pharmacy, mainly for construction biodegradable polymeric materials used for packaging of organic waste and agricultural and horticultural films, bioresorbable polymeric scaffolds with shape memory behavior as well as systems for the controlled release of biologically active substances, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. The polysaccharide research at Institute is mainly related to starch chemistry and technology and concerns chemical, physical and enzymatic modification of starch for food (dietary fiber, prebiotics, dietary supplements) and non-food (hydrophobically modified starch as packaging material, biomaterials of new generation from cereals and milling processing, microcapsules for controlled release).

Topics of research:

Microwave assisted biocatalysed esterification of starch with fatty acids; biocatalysed esterification of starch in ionic liquids; enzyme-catalysed modification of maltodextrins; solvent free esterification of pectins.

Main pieces of equipment:

bioreactors, microwave synthesizer Discover SP CEM, lyophilizers, reaction vessels with heating and stirring equipment, laboratory autoclaves, laboratory kneaders, cutting mills, dryers, homogenizers, ultrasonicators, monocrystalline diffractometers equipped with CCD and scintillation detectors, powder diffractometers, simultaneous TG/DTG/DSC thermal analyzer, Bruker Avance 500 NMR spectrometer, ATR-FTIR spectrometer, EPR spectrometer, flame atomic absorption spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometer with graphite tube, ICP spectrometer, UV-VIS spectrophotometers, universal microplate readers, spectrofluorimeters, high performance liquid chromatographs with DAD, ELSD and RI detectors, capillary electrophoresis system, scanning electron microscope with WDS analyzer, stereoscopic microscopes, elemental analyze systems.

Contact:

Prof. Dr Janusz Kapusniak

e-mail: j.kapusniak@ajd.czest.pl

tel: 48 34 3784131

Address: Waszyngtona 4/8 street, 42-200 Czestochowa, Poland