prof. dr hab. inż. Zbigniew Karpiński

Profesor zwyczajny w Instytucie Chemii

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Main steps in scientific career:


1966
MSc Eng, Chemistry Department, Warsaw University of Technology (Determination of liquid-vapor equilibrium of acetone-cyclohexane system at atmospheric pressure”);
1972
PhD, Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw ("Catalytic properties of evaporated films of Ni-Cu alloys");
1990
Habilitation (DSc), Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw ("Catalysis by supported, unsupported and electron-deficient palladium");
1997
Titular Professorship in Chemical Science.

Prof. Karpiński's activity and scientific achievements are related to catalysis on metals, in particular, to the following issues:


  • examination of kinetics and catalytic mechanisms of the conversion of saturated hydrocarbons (isomerization, hydrogenolysis, dehydrocycyclication) on metals and metal alloys, in particular, palladium alloys;

  • studies on catalytic hydrodechlorination of harmful (toxic or ozone layer depleting) organic compounds, like freons, carbon tetrachloride, 1,2-dichloroethane - a process proposed for the protection of the environment;

  • research on metal-support interactions, in particular, on palladium supported on oxidic carriers (SiO2, Al2O3).

Prof. Karpiński discovered strong interactions in the palladium- silica system (works from 1985 to present) leading to the demonstration of the formation of palladium silicides as a result of a high temperature reduction in hydrogen. In addition, Prof. Karpiński and his colleagues detected the incorporation of carbon into palladium during the catalytic reaction of hydrodechlorination of organic compounds (freons, 1,2-dichloroethane and tetrachloromethane).

During his research, Professor Karpiński has completed several scientific internships in prestigious foreign catalytic groups: in Ireland (University College Dublin), Hungary (Isotope Institute of HAS) and USA (Northwestern University, University of Pittsburgh).

Prof. Zbigniew Karpiński is also the winner of several awards. Among the most prestigious are: in 1973 – the team award of the Scientific Secretary of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Impact of various forms of hydrogen ad- and absorbed by the metallic catalysts on hydrogenation reactions), in 1987 – individual award of the 3rd Department of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Mechanism of catalytic conversion of alkanes on complex metallic systems). He was a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship (1981) as well as silver and golden crosses of merit.


Positions held and held functions:


  • Ordinary professor of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński Unviversity (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, School of Science) (lectures on physical chemistry, chemical technology and chemical catalysis) since 2001
  • Head of the Chemistry Chair at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University (2003-2007).
  • Previously employed in the Institute of Physical Chemistry of PAS as: Assistant Professor (1973-1992), associate professor from 1992 to 1998, professor of 1998-2014, later as professor emeritus
  • Head of the Catalysis Department on Metals in the Institute of Physical Chemistry of PAS - 1992-2014
  • Deputy Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of PAS (2003-2005)
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of PAS, continuously since 1992 and now, in the 2011-2014 term as deputy chairman of the council.
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Physics (2011-2018)
  • Member of the expert panel of the Ministry of Higher Education for the evaluation of grant applications, section N204 (2007-2010)
  • Member of the Committee of Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2003-2010 (two terms)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis A: General (1997-2001), Elsevier
  • Vice-President of the Polish Catalysis Club – 1993-2008
  • Polish Representative in the Council of the International Association of Catalysis Societies - 1996-2009
  • Member of the International Advisory Board international conference on Environmental Catalysis (Beijing, 2010) and international conference on Environmental Catalysis (Lyon, 2012)
  • Coordinator of the Polish International GDRI Catalyse programme based on the PAS and CNRS Agreement 2013-2014.

More recent scientific publications (last 20 years), all with UKSW affiliation:


  1. W. Juszczyk, Z. Karpiński, D. Łomot and J. Pielaszek, „Transformation of Pd/SiO2 into palladium silicide during reduction at 450 and 500°C”, J. Catal., 220, 299–308 (2003).

  2. M. Legawiec-Jarzyna, A. Śrębowata, W. Juszczyk and Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of dichlorodifluoromethane (CFC-12) on Pd-Pt/Al2O3 catalysts”, Catal. Today, 88, 93–101 (2004).

  3. M. Legawiec-Jarzyna, A. Śrębowata, W. Juszczyk and Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination over Pd-Pt/Al2O3 catalysts. A comparative study of chlorine removal from dichlorodifluoromethane, carbon tetrachloride and 1,2-dichloroethane”, Appl. Catal. A: General, 271, 61–68 (2004).

  4. M. Skotak, Z. Karpiński, W. Juszczyk, J. Pielaszek, L. Kępiński, D.V. Kazachkin, V.I. Kovalchuk and J.L. d’Itri, „Characterization and catalytic activity of differently pretreated Pd/Al2O3 catalysts. The role of acid sites and palladium-alumina interactions”, J. Catal., 227, 11–25 (2004).

  5. M. Legawiec-Jarzyna, A. Śrębowata, W. Juszczyk and Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of dichlorodifluoromethane, carbon tetrachloride and 1,2-dichloroethane over Pt/Al2O3 catalysts”, J. Mol. Catal. A: Chemical, 224, 171–177 (2004).

  6. M. Legawiec-Jarzyna, A. Śrębowata, W. Juszczyk and Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of chloroalkanes on supported platinum catalysts”, React. Kinet. Catal. Lett. 87, 311–317 (2006).

  7. W. Raróg-Pilecka, E. Miśkiewicz, S. Jodzis, J. Petryk, D. Łomot, Z. Kaszkur, Z. Karpiński and Z. Kowalczyk,;„Carbon – supported ruthenium catalysts for NH3 synthesis doped with caesium nitrate.;Activation process, working state of Cs-Ru/C”, J. Catal. 239, 313–325 (2006).

  8. A. Śrębowata, M. Sadowska, W. Juszczyk, Z. Kaszkur, Z. Kowalczyk, M. Nowosielska and Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane over silica-supported nickel-ruthenium catalysts”, Catal. Commun., 8, 11–15 (2007).

  9. A. Śrębowata, W. Juszczyk, Z. Kaszkur, J. W. Sobczak, L. Kępiński and Z. Karpiński,„Hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane and dichlorodifluoromethane over Ni/C catalysts: The effect of catalyst carbiding”, Appl. Catal. A: General 319, 181–192 (2007).

  10. A. Śrębowata, W. Juszczyk, Z. Kaszkur, and Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane on active carbon supported palladium-nickel catalysts”, Catal. Today, 124, 28–35 (2007).

  11. M. Bonarowska and Z. Karpiński, „Characterization of supported Pd-Pt catalysts by chemical probes”, Catal. Today, 137, 498–503 (2008).

  12. M. Legawiec-Jarzyna, W. Juszczyk, M. Bonarowska, Z. Kaszkur, L. Kępiński, Z. Kowalczyk and Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of CCl4 on Pt-Au/Al2O3 Catalysts”, Top. Catal., 52, 1037–1043 (2009).

  13. A. Drelinkiewicz, A. Zięba, J. W. Sobczak, M. Bonarowska, Z. Karpiński, A. Waksmundzka-Góra and J. Stejskal, „Polyaniline stabilized highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles. Preparation, characterization and catalytic properties”, React. Funct. Polym., 69, 630–642 (2009).

  14. Z. Karpiński, M. Bonarowska, D. Łomot, A. Śrębowata, P. Da Costa, J. A. Rodrigues, „Hydrogenolysis of carbon-halogen and carbon-carbon bonds over Pd/Nb2O5-Al2O3 catalysts”, Catal. Commun., 10, 1757–1761 (2009).

  15. M. Bonarowska, Z. Kaszkur, L. Kępiński, Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of tetrachloromethane on alumina- and silica-supported platinum catalysts”, Appl. Catal. B: Environmental, 99, 248–256 (2010).

  16. M. Bonarowska, A. Śrębowata, Z. Karpiński, „Synergistic effects in hydrodechlorination of organic compounds catalyzed by metals”, Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Skłodowska. Sectio AA : Chemia, 65, 1–8 (2010).

  17. W. Juszczyk, J.C. Colmenares, A. Śrębowata, Z. Karpiński, „The effect of copper and gold on the catalytic behavior of nickel/alumina catalysts in hydrogen-assisted dechlori-nation of 1,2-dichloroethane”, Catal. Today, 169, 186–191 (2011).

  18. M. Bonarowska, W. Raróg-Pilecka, Z. Karpiński, „The use of active carbon pretreated at 2173K as a support for palladium catalysts for hydrodechlorination reactions”, Catal. Today, 169, 223–231 (2011).

  19. W. Juszczyk, Z. Karpiński, „Transformation of alumina supported nickel catalysts during hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane”, Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Skłodowska. Sectio AA : Chemia, 66, 4–11 (2011).

  20. O. Machynskyy, D. Łomot, K. Teinz, E. Kemnitz, Z. Karpiński, „ n-Pentane hydroisomerization catalyzed by metals supported on nanoscopic aluminum trifluoride”, Catal. Commun., 26, 235–238 (2012).

  21. M. Bonarowska, Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of tetrachloromethane over supported platinum catalysts. Effects of hydrogen partial pressure and catalyst’s screening protocol on the catalytic performance”, Top. Catal., 55, 846–852 (2012).

  22. M. Bonarowska, W. Juszczyk, Z. Karpiński, „Phase transformations in silica-supported Pd-Cu catalysts during reduction in hydrogen”, J. Catal., 301, 112–115 (2013).

  23. O. Machynskyy, E. Kemnitz, Z. Karpiński, „Aluminum fluoride supported platinum and palladium as highly efficient catalysts of n-pentane hydroisomerization”, ChemCatChem, 6, 592–602 (2014).

  24. M. Bonarowska, O. Machynskyy, D. Łomot, E. Kemnitz, Z. Karpiński, „Supported palladium-copper catalysts. Preparation and catalytic behavior in hydrogen-related reactions”, Catal. Today, 235, 144–151 (2014).

  25. O. Machynskyy, A. Śrębowata, E. Kemnitz, Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of carbon tetrachloride and 1,2-dichloroethane on palladium nanoparticles supported on metal fluorides”, Intern. J. Green Energy, 12, 780–786 (2015), DOI: 10.1080/15435075.2014.891219.

  26. M. Bonarowska, Z. Kaszkur, D. Łomot, M. Rawski, Z. Karpiński, „Effect of gold on catalytic behavior of palladium catalysts in hydrodechlorination of tetrachloromethane”, Appl. Catal. B: Environmental, 162, 45–56 (2015).

  27. Z. Karpiński, M. Bonarowska, W. Juszczyk, „Hydrodechlorination of tetrachloromethane over silica-supported palladium-gold alloys”, Polish J. Chem. Technol., 16., 101–105 (2014).

  28. M. Bonarowska, Z. Kaszkur, Z. Karpiński, „Effect of silver on the catalytic hydrodechlorination of tetrachloromethane over silica-supported palladium-silver catalysts”, Recycl. Catal., 2, 12–16 (2015).

  29. M. Bonarowska, Z. Karpiński, R. Kosydar, T. Szumełda, A. Drelinkiewicz, „Hydrodechlorination of CCl4 over carbon-supported palladium-gold catalysts prepared by the reverse "water-in-oil" microemulsion method”, C. R. Chimie, 18, 1143–1151 (2015).

  30. D. Łomot, Z. Karpiński, „Hydrogen oxidation over alumina-supported palladium-nickel catalysts”, Research on Chemical Intermediates, 41, 9171-9179 (2015).

  31. M. Bonarowska, Z. Karpiński, R. Kosydar, T. Szumełda, A. Drelinkiewicz, J. Szlachetko, D.L.A. Fernandes, J. Sá, Hydrodechlorination Using Pd–Au Nanoparticles to Convert Chloro-Containing Compounds to Useful Chemicals, Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering 2016, on-line, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.04063-7.

  32. D. Łomot, Z. Karpiński, „Catalytic activity of Pd-Ni in the oxidation of hydrogen for the safety of nuclear power plant”, Polish J. Chem. Technol., 18, 1–18 (2016).

  33. M. Bonarowska, Z. Kaszkur, G. Słowik, J, Ryczkowski, Z. Karpiński, „Tetrachloromethane as an Effective Agent to Transform Nanoparticles of Palladium and Gold in Supported Catalysts”, ChemCatChem, 8, 2625–2629 (2016), doi: 10.1002/cctc.201600605.

  34. M. Bonarowska, M. Wojciechowska, M. Zieliński, A. Kiderys, M. Zieliński, P. Winiarek, Z. Karpiński, „Hydrodechlorination of Tetrachloromethane over Palladium Catalysts Supported on Mixed MgF2-MgO Carriers”, Molecules, 21, 1620 (2016), doi:10.3390/molecules21121620.

  35. M. Radlik, W. Juszczyk, K. Matus, T. Szumełda, A. Drelinkiewicz, Z. Karpiński, „Generation of palladium silicide in the PdAu-SiO2 nanocomposites during heating in hydrogen”, J. Alloys Compd., 735, 349–354 (2018), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2017.11.142.

  36. M. Radlik, A. Małolepszy, K. Matus, A. Śrębowata, W. Juszczyk, P. Dłużewski, Z. Karpiński, “Alkane isomerization on highly reduced Pd/Al2O3 catalysts. The crucial role of Pd-Al species”, Catal. Commun., 123, 17–22 (2019), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catcom.2019.02.002.

  37. M. Radlik, A. Śrębowata, W. Juszczyk,. K. Matus, A. Małolepszy, Z. Karpiński, “n‑Hexane conversion on γ‑alumina supported palladium–platinum catalysts”, Adsorption, 25, 843–853 (2019), https://doi.org/10.1007/s10450-019-00083-9

  38. M. Radlik, K. Matus, Z. Karpiński, “n-Hexane hydrogenolysis behavior of alumina-supported palladium-platinum alloys”, Catal. Lett., 149, 3176–3183 (2019), https://doi.org/10.1007/s10562-019-02887-4.

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