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dr Jerzy Szdzuj

Head of the Laboratory

dr Jerzy Szdzuj

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Laboratorium Badawcze IPIŚ PAN


The Institute's Laboratory works in accordance with the PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025 norm. Some analytical procedures are accredited (Accreditation No. AB 950) at the Polish Centre for Accreditation. The scope of the accreditation is being systematically widened.

The Laboratory performs analyses of water, wastewater, and waste and conducts measurements of concentrations of air pollutants--gases and suspended particles. The concentrations of NO, NO2, CO, CO2, SO2 can be measured in atmospheric air as well as at a workplace. By using a portable gas chromatograph, the concentrations and mass stream of benzene, toluene, xylenes, ethylbenzene and total organic carbon can be measured as well. Determinations of granular and chemical composition of dusts are also performed.

The laboratory has--one from among a few in Poland--the ICP MS spectrometer that allows for determination of micro-trace amounts (from 0.01 ppb, 0.01µg/dm3) of majority of elements in water. By using ion chromatography, water can be analyzed for the alkaline inorganic cations, anions, and byproducts of water disinfection.

Elemental components, from sodium to uranium, of geological samples, soils, and waste may be determined by using the energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence technique. The EDXRF technique allows for the quantitative and qualitative analyses of solid, pulverized and collected on filter substrates samples. Environmental samples are quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed for organic compounds by applying gas and high performance liquid chromatography.



Scope of accreditation


The measurements and chemical analyses performed in the Institute:




Sampling – gravimetric method

Gas flow rate at dynamic pressure >10Pa

Concentration and mass flow rate of dust

Content of BTEX, concentration and mass flow rate of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and o,m,p-Xylene--Gas Chromatography

Concentration and mass flow rate of NO, NO2, SO2, CO, CO2, concentration of O2--Infrared Absorption

Granulometric composition of dust


Without accreditation:

Chemical composition of suspended dust collected on Teflon filters--Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence, elements from Na to U

Concentration of phenol--Gas Chromatography

Concentration of formaldehyde at workplaces--colorimetric method using phenylhydrazine;

Concentration of ammonia--colorimetric method

Content of hydrogen sulphide--colorimetric method

Concentration of phenol vapour--colorimetric method

Concentration of water-soluble chlorides--potentiometric method

Concentration of water-soluble fluorides--potentiometric method




Determination of inorganic anions: F-, Cl-, NO2-, NO3-, Br-, PO43-, SO42---Ion Chromatography

Determination of inorganic cations: Li+, Na+, K+, NH4+, Ca2+, Mg2+--Ion Chromatography

Content of organic and inorganic carbon--Infrared Spectrophotometry

Specific electrical conductance--conductometric method

Water and wastewater reaction--potentiometric method

Determination of inorganic by-products of water disinfection--Ion Chromatography

Content of metals--Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry


Without accreditation:

Determination of the Biochemical Oxygen Demand--dilution method

Content of trace and micro-trace elements in samples of water--Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

Content of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons--Gas Chromatography


Soil and waste:

Without accreditation:

Content of metals--Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

Content of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons--Gas Chromatography

Chemical composition of soils--Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence, elements from Na to U

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