The Silesian University of Technology has launched a state-of-the-art Industrial Catalysis Laboratory
The main objective of research conducted in the Laboratory is to design modern, ecological technologies for the use of the industry.
The opening ceremony was attended, among others, by the Rector of the Silesian University of Technology, Prof. Arkadiusz Mężyk; Prof. Krzysztof Walczak, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry; Prof. Beata Orlińska, Head of the Department of Chemical Organic Technology and Petrochemistry; and Prof. Anna Chrobok, Director of the College of Studies.
The investment was financed by a grant from the Rector of the Silesian University of Technology as part of the 'Excellence Initiative - Research University' programme, which is part of the Silesian University of Technology Development Strategy for 2021-2024.
The usable floor area of the laboratory and the office part is 114 m2. The most up-to-date equipment and devices based on the latest technologies were located there. They will be used for diversified research in cooperation with partners from the socio-economic environment.
The new chemical laboratory at the Silesian University of Technology is one of the most modern of its kind.
The Industrial Catalysis Laboratory will be used to develop modern ecological technologies for industrial applications. The researchers deal with such problems as the use of biomass and plant-derived materials for energy storage and technologies for manufacturing intelligent materials for medical applications, e.g. tissue scaffolds, eco-implants, surgical threads or self-eluting drugs.
The Silesian University of Technology through research conducted in the new laboratory, cooperates with industrial partners, offering new technological solutions.
The University cooperates with the largest players in the chemical industry on the Polish and international market.
Modern approach to education and interesting student projects.
Students and doctoral students of the Silesian University of Technology take part in research works and carry out educational processes at the same time. Education at the University is conducted in a very modern way. From the very beginning of their studies, young people are invited to work together on research projects. Therefore, already in the second or third year, students can participate in the implementation of a specific project dedicated to a specific company - for example, through participation in the Chemistry Student Scientific Association or PBL projects (Project and Problem Based Learning).
Students work on projects related to obtaining clean energy and supporting ecology. Such projects include searching for methods to store thermal energy.
The establishment of the Industrial Catalysis Laboratory is a part of the strategy of development not only of the Silesian University of Technology, but also of all processes of development of the social and economic environment that the University supports.
This is yet another laboratory which is opened this year by the Silesian University of Technology. Previously, research laboratories were opened at the Faculty of Transport and Aviation Engineering at the Silesian University of Technology, which were financed by a grant from the City of Katowice.