Research interests:

The research topics carried by the Environmental Chemistry Research Group are concerned on the broadly understood environmental chemistry. The accomplished study is focused on the assessment of the impact of municipal waste landfills and municipal wastewater treatment plants on the quality of the aquatic environment with particular emphasis on the presence of endocrine disrupting compounds and their penetration into the aqueous environment. The second direction of realized investigations are chemotaxonomic studies concerned on the identification of plant and animal metabolites (primary and secondary). The obtained results are applied to the determination of chemical similarity/differences between exact species within a genus. The next subject of study is food tests for the content of selected lipophilic antioxidants such as lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, α-tocopherol and all-trans retinol.

Experiments  are realized by newly developed isolation procedures using liquid-liquid (LLE),  solid phase (SPE) and solid micro extraction (SPME) techniques. Gas chromatography with MS detector is used for quantification of assayed compounds. Chromatographic data collected over a dozen years allowed to build a database of analytical parameters (chromatographic retention indices and mass spectra), which are used to identify the analytes present in the tested environmental samples. In addition to chromatographic methods, chemometric techniques are also used for analytical purposes.


Current projects:

  • Dr Urszula Kotowska  - a trainer of the project "Green technologies and water purification, physical and chemical analysis of water", implemented as a part of the EU project "Smithy of Biology and Chemistry Department students’ competences” in 2018-2020.The project is dedicated to students of the 3rd year of the 1st degree and 2nd  year of the 2nd degree of Chemistry (academic year 2017/2018);
  • Dr hab. Joanna Karpińska and dr Urszula Kotowska – the trainers of the EU project POWR.03.01.00-00-N157/16 “Forensic chemistry – the new field of study in University of Bialystok “tailored” to socio-economic needs”;
  • Róża Sawczuk, MS (principal investigator), dr hab. Joanna Karpińska (scientific supervisor), “Evaluation of pro-health properties of brood drone homogenate” – scientific project Preludium supported financially by National Centre of Science Poland, 2017-2019.


Finished Projects:

  • Justyna Kapelewska, MS (principal investigator), prof. Valery A. Isidorov  (scientific supervisor), dr Urszula Kotowska (main co-investigator); “Leachates from municipal waste landfills as a potential source of contamination of the aquatic environment with endocrine compounds” - scientific project Preludium supported financially by National Centre of Science Poland, 2014-2018;
  • Valery A. Isidorov, prof. (principal investigator), “Studies on the effect of plant extracts on selected etiological factors of bacteriosis of honeybee and the correlation between their activity and the chemical composition”, scientific project Opus supported financially by National Centre of Science Poland, 2011-2015;
  • Monika Turkowicz, MS, dr hab. Joanna Karpińska (scientific supervisor), “The content of coenzyme Q10 and lipoic acid in selected food products and estimation of their daily intake” - scientific project Preludium supported financially by National Centre of Science Poland, 2011-2015;
  • Valery A. Isidorov, prof. (principal investigator), “Assessment of emissions of photochemically active VOCs to the atmosphere by organic precipitation and vegetation of the undergrowth in selected forest regions of Poland” granted by Polish Ministry of Science.
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ROK 2020:

  1. Piotrowska-niczyporuk A., Bajguz A., Kotowska U., Zambrzycka-Szelewa E., Sienkiewicz A., Auxins and Cytokinins Regulate Phytohormone Homeostasis and Thiol-Mediated Detoxification in the Green Alga Acutodesmus obliquus Exposed to Lead Stress, Scientific Reports, 2020, 10, IF=4,011, 140 pkt. MNiSW.

  2. Kucharska-Ambrożej K., Karpińska J., The application of spectroscopic techniques in combination with chemometrics for detection adulteration of some herbs and spices, Microchemical Journal, 2020, 153, 104278, IF=3,206, 70 pkt. MNiSW.

  3. Turkowicz M., Jastrzebska I., Hryniewicka M., Kotowska U., Gudalewska D., Karpińska J.,Investigation of lipoic acid – 4-methoxybenzyl alcohol reaction and evaluation of its analytical usefulness, Food Chemistry, 2020, 309, 125750, IF=5,399, 200 pkt. MNiSW.

ROK 2019:

  1. Karpińska J., Kotowska U., Removal of organic pollution in the water environment, Water, 2019, 11, 2017, IF=2,524, 70 pkt. MNiSW.

  2. Kotowska U., Kapelewska J., Kotowski A., Pietuszewska E., Rapid and sensitive analysis of hormones and other emerging contaminants in groundwater using ultrasound-assisted emulsification microextraction with solidification of floating organic droplet followed by GC-MS detection, Water, 2019, 11, 1638. IF=2,524, 70 pkt. MNiSW.

  3. Godlewska-Żyłkiewicz B., Sawicka S., Karpińska J.Removal of platinum and palladium from wastewater by means of biosorption on fungi aspergillus sp. and yeast saccharomyces sp., Water, 2019, 11, 1522. IF=2,524, 70 pkt. MNiSW.

  4. Karpińska J., Kapelewska J., Kotowska U., Wykorzystanie nanomateriałów w technologii uzdatniania wody i oczyszczania ścieków, rozdział w monografii pokonferencyjnej Nauka i Przemysł metody spektroskopowe w praktyce, nowe wyzwania i możliwości, Wyd. UMCS Lublin 2019, ISBN: 978-83-227-9219-3. 4 pkt. MNiSW.

  5. Kapelewska J., Kotowska U., Karpińska J., Co wiemy o "trudnych ściekach", czyli kilka słów o odciekach składowiskowych, rozdział w monografii pokonferencyjnej Nauka i Przemysł metody spektroskopowe w praktyce, nowe wyzwania i możliwości, Wyd. UMCS Lublin 2019, ISBN: 978-83-227-9219-3. 4 pkt. MNiSW.

  6. Kotowska U., Zastosowanie mikroekstrakcji w układzie ciecz-ciecz w analizie zanieczyszczeń środowiska wodnego, rozdział w monografii pokonferencyjnej Nauka i Przemysł metody spektroskopowe w praktyce, nowe wyzwania i możliwości, Wyd. UMCS Lublin 2019, ISBN: 978-83-227-9219-3. 4 pkt. MNiSW.

  7. Świsłocka R., Regulska E., Karpińska J., Swiderski G., Lewandowski W., Molecular structure and sntioxidant properties of alkali metal salts of rosmarinic acid. Experimental and DFT studies, Molecules, 2019, 24, 2645; IF= 3.098; 100 pkt. MNiSW.

  8. Regulska E., Rivera-Nazario D.M., Karpinska J., Plonska-Brzezinska M.E., Echegoyen L., Zinc Porphyrin-Functionalized Fullerenes for the Sensitization of Titania as a Visible-Light Active Photocatalyst: RiverWaters and Wastewaters Remediation. Molecules, 2019, 24, 1118; doi:10.3390/molecules24061118. IF= 3.098; 100 pkt. MNiSW.

  9. Karpińska J., Spectrophotometry | Derivative Spectroscopy. In Worsfold P., Poole C., Townshend A., Miró M., (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Analytical Science, (3rd ed.), 2019, vol. 9, 214–220, Elsevier, ISBN: 9780081019832.

  10. Karpinska J., Sokol A., Koldys J., Ratkiewicz A., Studies on the Kinetics of Doxazosin Degradation in Simulated Environmental Conditions and Selected Advanced Oxidation Processes, Water, 2019, 11, 1001. IF=2,069, 70 pkt. MNiSW.

  11. Daniluk U., Filimoniuk A., Kowalczuk‐Krystoń M., Alifier M., Karpińska J., Kaczmarski M.G., Lebensztejn D.M., Association of antioxidants and vitamin D level with inflammation in children with atopic dermatitis, International Journal of Dermatology, 2019, doi: 10.1111/ijd.14438. IF= 1,560; 70 pkt. MNiSW.

  12. Sawczuk R., Karpińska J., Miltyk W., What do we know and what we would like to know about drone homogenate, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2019, doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2018.10.042. IF=3,115; 140 pkt. MNiSW.

  13. Kapelewska J., Kotowska U., Karpińska J., Astel A., Zieliński P., Suchta J., Algrzym K., Water pollution indicators and chemometric expertise for the assessment of the impact of municipal solid waste landfills on groundwater located in their area, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2019, 359, 790-800, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2018.11.137. IF=6,735; 200 pkt. MNiSW.

ROK 2018:

  1. Kotowska U., Karpińska J., Kapelewska J., Kowejsza E.M., Piotrowska-Niczyporuk A., Piekutin J., Kotowski A., Removal of phthalates and other contaminants from municipal wastewater during cultivation of Wolffia arrhiza, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 2018, 120, 268-277, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2018.09.019.

  2. Piotrowska-Niczyporuk A., Bajguz A., Kotowska U., Bralska M., Talarek-Karwel M., Growth, metabolite profile, oxidative status, and phytohormone levels in the green alga Acutodesmus obliquus exposed to exogenous auxins and cytokinins, Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 2018, 1-16, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00344-018-9816-9.

  3. Kapelewska J.,Kotowska U.,Karpińska J., Kowalczuk D., Arciszewska A., Świrydo A., Occurrence, removal, mass loading and environmental risk assessment of emerging organic contaminants in leachates, groundwaters and wastewaters, Microchemical Journal, 2018, 137, 292-301, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2017.11.008.

  4. Karpińska J., Kotowska U., Kapelewska J., Nadtlenowe kwasy organiczne - alternatywne utleniacze w zaawansowanych procesach utleniania, rozdział w monografii pokonferencyjnej Nauka i przemysł metody spektroskopowe w praktyce, nowe wyzwania i możliwości, Wyd. UMCS Lublin 2018, ISBN: 978-83-945225-4-4.

  5. Kotowska U., Wawrzkiewicz M., Kapelewska J., Karpińska J., Wykorzystanie roślin wodnych w oczyszczaniu ścieków z przemysłu tekstylnego, rozdział w monografii pokonferencyjnej Актуальные проблемы экологии: (сб. науч. ст. по материалам XIII Междунар. науч.-практ. конф.,) JursaPrint Grodno 2018, 209-211, ISBN: 978-985-7134-42-6.

  6. Karpińska J., Kotowska U., Kapelewska J., Nadtlenowe kwasy nieorganiczne i organiczne - nowe utleniacze w zaawansowanych procesach utleniania, rozdział w monografii pokonferencyjnej Актуальные проблемы экологии: (сб. науч. ст. по материалам XIII Междунар. науч.-практ. конф.,) JursaPrint Grodno 2018, 202-205, ISBN: 978-985-7134-42-6.

ROK 2017:

  1. Pietrucha B., Heropolitańska-Pliszka E., Maciejczyk M., Car H., Sawicka-Powierza J., Motkowski R., Karpińska J., Hryniewicka M, Zalewska A., Pac M, Wolska-Kusnierz B., Bernatowska E., Mikoluc B., Comparison of Selected Parameters of Redox Homeostasis in Patients with Ataxia-Telangiectasia and Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6745840.

  2. Kapelewska J.,Kotowska U.,Karpińska J., Funkcjonowanie składowisk odpadów komunalnych - problemy i wyzwania, Analityka, 2017, 3, 58-62.

  3. Kiszkiel-Taudul I., Starczewska B., Karpińska J., Kasabuła M., Application of micellar extraction for isolation of famotidine from aqueous samples prior its chromatographic determination. J. Surfact. Deterg. 2017, 20, 1401–1409.

  4. Karpińska J., Świsłocka R., Lewandowski W., A mystery of a cup of coffee; an insight look by chemist. BioFactors, 2017, 43, 631-632.

  5. Regulska E., Rivera-Nazario D.M., Karpinska J., Plonska-Brzezinska M.E., Echegoyen L., Enhanced photocatalytic performance of porphyrin/ phthalocyanine and bis(4-pyridyl)pyrrolidinofullerene modified titania. ChemistrySelect, 2017, 2, 2462-2470.

  6. Wołyniec E., Karpińska J., Leśniewska B., Profesorowie Zbigniew J. Galus i Adam A. Hulanicki doktorami honoris causa Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku. Analityka, 2017, 18(3), 72-73.

  7. Sokół A., Borowska K., Karpińska J., Investigating the Influence of Some Environmental Factors on the Stability of Paracetamol, Naproxen, and Diclofenac in Simulated Natural Conditions. Pol. J. Environ. Stud., 2017, 26, 293-302.

  8. Odachowska A., Godlewska M., Turkowicz M., Iwanowicz M., Karpińska J., Studies on reaction of reduced lipoic acid with Mukaiyama reagent and its application for pharmaceutical and food analysis. J. Liquid Chrom & Related Techn., 2017, 40, 126-132.

​ROK 2016:

  1. Kapelewska J.,Kotowska U., Wiśniewska K., Determination of personal care products and hormones in leachate and groundwater from Polish MSW landfills by ultrasound-assisted emulsification microextraction and GC-MS, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2016, 23(2), 1642-1652. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-5359-9.

  2. Kotowska U., Kapelewska J., Karpińska J., Analiza LZO emitowanych z odcieków składowiskowych techniką HS-SPME/GC-MS, Mikrobiologia oraz metody analityczne w nauce, Wyd. Tygiel, 2016, 24-37.

  3. Karpińska J., Kotowska U., Kapelewska J., Pułapki ilościowego oznaczania kwasu liponowego w próbkach biologicznych, Wybrane zagadnienia z zakresu chemii, biologii i fizyki, Wyd. Tygiel, 2016, 152-164. 

  4. Fik M.A., Kubicki M., Odachowska A.E., Karpińska J., Patroniak V., Helicity in photocatalysis:facility or obstacle? Studies on novel silver complexes:synthesis, structure and photocatalytic activity, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2016, DOI:/10/1002/ejlic.201600809.

  5. Hryniewicka M., Karpińska A., Kijewska M., Turkowicz M.J., Karpińska J., LC/MS/MS analysis of α-tocopherol and coenzyme Q10 content in lyophilized royal jelly, beebread and drone homogenate, Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 2016, 51, 1023-1029.

  6. Gołębiewska M., Imierska M., Karpińska J.Wykorzystanie procesów zaawansowanego utleniania do usuwania wybranych słodzików ze środowiska wodnego. Rozdział w książce str. 191-194  materiały pokonferencyjne, Nauka i Przemysł metody spektroskopowe w praktyce nowe wyzwania i możliwości, Lublin 2016 ISBN 978-83-945225-2-0.

  7. Karpińska J., Imierska M., Drugie Zycie pochodnych fenotiazyny, czyli o fotosensybilzacji słów kilka. Rozdział w książce str. 184-190, materiały pokonferencyjne Nauka i Przemysł metody spektroskopowe w praktyce nowe wyzwania i możliwości, Lublin, 2016, ISBN 978-83-945225-2-0.

ROK 2015:

  1. Regulska E., Brus D.M., Rodziewicz P., Sawicka S, Karpinska J., Photocatalytic degradation of hazardous Food Yellow 13 in TiO2 and ZnO aqueous and river water suspensions, Catalysis Today, 2015, 266, 72-81.

  2. Karpinska A., Sokół A., Karpinska J., Studies on the kinetics of carbamazepine degradation in aqueous matrix in the course of modified Fenton’s reactions, Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, 2015, 106 (15),  46-51.

  3. Godlewska M., Odachowska A., Turkowicz M., Karpinska J., Analysis of Reaction between alpha-Lipoic Acid and 2-Chloro-1-methylquinolinium Tetrafluoroborate Used as a Precolumn Derivatization Technique in Chromatographic Determination of alpha-Lipoic Acid. J. Anal. Meth. Chem. Article Number: 535387, DOI: 10.1155/2015/535387, 2015.

ROK 2014:

  1. Kotowska U.,Kapelewska J., Sturgulewska J., USAEME-GC-MS determination of pharmaceuticals and phenols in municipal wastewater, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2014, 21(1), 660-673. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-013-1904-6.

  2. Daniluk U., Kowalczuk-Kryston M., Alifier M., Karpińska J., Kaczmarski M. G., Cudowska B., Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin D3 concentration and its relation to inflammation in children with atopic dermatitis, ALLERGY, 2014,69, 240-240 .

  3. Regulska E., Karpińska J., Investigation of novel material for effective photodegradation of bezafibrate in aqueous samples,  Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2014, 21, 5242-5248.

  4. Regulska E., Karpińska J., Photocatalytic activity of C60/TiO2 nanocomposites, Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 2014, 23(6), 2175-2182.

  5. Miłosek E., Kuźmicka L., Karpińska J., Investigation of direct and forced photodegradation process of sodium dodecylsulphate and tetraoctylammonium bromide, Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry, 2014, 96(1),  27-40.

ROK 2013:

  1. Regulska E., Bruś D.M., Karpińska J., Photocatalytic decolourization of Direct Yellow 9 on titanium and zinc oxides, International Journal of Photoenergy, 2013, doi/ 10. 1155/ 2013/ 975356.

  2. Krebs A., Starczewska B., Karpińska J., Studies on preconcentration and isolation process of bezafibrate onto different types of sorbents by the SPE, Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences (JAPS), 2013, 3(5), 001-005.

  3. Turkowicz M.J.,Karpińska J., Analytical problems with the determination of coenzyme Q10 in biological samples, BioFactors, 2013, 39 (2), 176–185.

  4. Kotowska U., Bieńczyk K., Use of direct immersion solid-phase microextraction on polyacrylate and polydimethylsiloxane stationary phases for simultaneous determination of the neutral and basic pharmaceuticals in wastewater, Central European Journal of Chemistry, 2013, 11, 1634-1643. 

  5. Kotowska U., Piotrowska A., Isidorova A.G., Bajguz A., Isidorov V.A., Gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric investigation of the chemical composition of aquatic plant Wolffia arrhiza (Lemnaceae), Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, 2013, 42, 181-187.

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