Research activities of the Department of Applied Nuclear Physics are focused on selected topics of nuclear physics and the use of complementary advanced techniques
in areas such as environmental sciences, investigations of biological systems at different levels of complexity, material sciences as well as their industrial applications.
The Department is responsible for B.Sc and M.Sc studies in two disciplines: Technical Physics and the newly created Micro- and Nanotechnology in Biophysics offered by the Faculty.
Scientific and Research Groups:
Environmental Physics Group -
dr. Miroslaw Zimnoch
Scientific activities of the Environmental Physics Group (EPG) are centered around problems
associated with the use of natural variability of isotopic composition of light elements
(hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen) in environmental research, in particular related to
cycling of water and carbon in the environment. Both stable and radioactive isotopes are being employed.
In addition, methodological developments focusing on various analytical methods associated with determination
of natural radioactivity levels in various matrices (rocks, soil, water , air, biological material) are pursued.
EPG is active in the field of atmospheric physics, with emphasis on research of atmospheric trace gases
contributing to greenhouse effect.
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Physics of Strongly Interacting Systems Group
prof. Piotr Bożek
Activities of the Nuclear Methods Group (NMG) are focusing on following research areas:
(i) development and applications of analytical techniques based on interactions of neutrons with matter,
(ii) investigations of atomic and molecular processes in isotope mixtures of hydrogen and helium induced by muons,
with emphasis on muon catalysis, and
(iii) investigations of flow and transport processes using isotope tracers and sealed gamma-ray sources.
Molecular Biophysics and Bioenergetics Group -
Head: prof. dr hab.
Scientific activities of the group:
(i) studies of molecular mechanisms of light-controlled photosynthtic processes, the creation of model hybrid systems based on metallic and organic nanostructures and isolated natural prtotein-lipid-dye complexes for targeted energy and ion transfer activated UV-VIS and for O2 production. This knowledge has practical applications in the construction and development of bio-inspired high-performance systems converting light into chemical/electrical energy and in photo- and thermotherapy.
(ii) abiotic stress (including ionizing radiation) on living organisms. In particular, knowledge on changes of physicochemical, elastic and adhesive properties of healthy and pathological cells under the influence of external factors is important for the development of molecular medicine.
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