The Institute was founded in 1968, under the guidance of Professor Jerzy Haber and is part of the Krakow Scientific Community, the leading Polish research center in the field of chemistry.
Many researchers who took part in the conference, at the beginning of their scientific work were trained at the Haber Institute. Professor Jerzy Haber was known for his open position regarding the exchange of scientific knowledge - and the conference in Krakow at his institute, has been following the ideas of its founder for 50 years.
At the anniversary 50th conference Ogólnopolskie Kolokwium Katalityczne, such well-known scientists as Professor of the Catalysis Laboratory of the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Ken Lee, Professor Hans Freund of Fritz Gaber Institute of the Max Planck Scientific Society and his colleague Maurizio Prieto.
28 plenary lectures of leading chemists, 32 oral and over 100 poster reports on the theory of catalytic processes, electrochemical catalysis, physical chemistry of soft materials, interaction in dispersed systems, catalytic processes for environmental protection and other relevant topics of modern chemistry were delivered at the event.
A chemist from RUDN University has developed a catalyst for the production of eugenol acetate, a substance that destroys the larvae of mosquitoes transmitting dangerous diseases, being a safe chemical for human health.
RUDN soil scientists have revealed a direct correlation between the rate of soil formation of carbon dioxide, called CO2 emissions, and the content of microbial biomass in it. It is known that CO2 emission from soil is mainly conditioned by respiration of soil microorganisms and plant roots. The more CO2 soil emits, the more microbial biomass it usually contains. It was shown that CO2 emission by chernozem of different ecosystems (or different types of land use) correlates with the content of microbial biomass, and most closely with the rate of its microbial respiration. And the soil with good microbial properties has the “best quality”, is more fertile, provides the highest yield of crops and other plant biomass.
A RUDN chemist has synthesized a catalyst for the production of gamma-valerolactone — an energy-intensive “green” biofuel. The catalyst based on zirconium dioxide and zeolite has shown high efficiency in converting the waste of wood plant materials — methyl levulinate — to gamma-valerolactone.