Lodz University of Technology (TUL) came into existence in 1945 and nowadays is one of the biggest and the best state universities in Poland. The TUL is the first university in Poland to have been awarded the prestigious ECTS Label Certificate by the European Commission. In 2016, the University was awarded, as the first technical university in Poland, the HR Excellence in Research Badge. TUL is the only university in Poland, which has joined the elite network of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). As a European technical university we conduct interdisciplinary research and education tailored to the expectations of society and the economy.
The TUL BPE team contribute their knowledge and experience in the area of biodegradability and ecotoxicity of different chemicals and materials. They investigate the effects of bio-based polymers on terrestrial ecosystems including the evaluation of ecotoxicity towards individual species (higher plants, earthworms) as well as the effect on the community level (the microcosm tests). Regarding the biodegradability of biopolymers, they focus at the evaluation of the biodegradation of bio-based plastics in a field soil in natural conditions, taking into account the role of the microorganisms consortia.
The team consists of Prof. Liliana Krzystek (Professor of Environmental Biotechnology, Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering) who is the Project Lead within TUL; Prof. Ewa Liwarska-Bizukojć (Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering), who is a professor of environmental engineering focusing on the assessment of chemicals and materials (including waste and wastewater) on the biotic part of ecosystems; Dr Radoslaw Ślęzak (Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering), who specializes on aspects of thermo- and biochemical conversion processes; Agnieszka Michałowska-Dutkiewicz, financial officer.