LABORATORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMOINFORMATICS
In our research we develop and apply advanced methods of chemometrics, statistics and computational chemistry to environmental problems. By employing computational resources, we are able to extract useful information from multivariate environmental data. Moreover, we can successfully model processes and phenomena that are important from the environmental point of view. Our studies are especially focused on developing Quantitative Structure – Activity Relationships (QSARs) to predict toxicity and phys/chem properties of novel chemicals. In consequence, a comprehensive risk assessment for new substances becomes possible without a vast number of experiments performed on living animals. Moreover, costs and time of the risk assessment procedures can be significantly reduced.
We are interested on both types of potentially harmful chemicals: intentionally synthetised novel compounds (e.g., engineered nanomaterials) and compounds that currently have been identified as emerging environmental pollutants, unintentionally released to the environment in effect of human activity (e.g., new representatives of Persistent Organic Pollutants). Alternative methods of risk assessment (including QSAR) are strongly recommended by the European system of controlling chemicals, so-called REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of CHemicals). According to the REACH regulation (EC No 1907/2006) that entered into force in 2007, producers and/or importers of articles are obliged to register or notify those substances in their articles which meet the criteria for classification as dangerous, are present in a quantity of more than 1 tonne per producer or importer per year per article type and are either intentionally or unintentionally released.
Job offer for a research assistant in Horizon 2020 project
With the consent of the Rector of the University of Gdańsk a recruitment procedure for the position of research assistant is open in the Team of Environmental Chemometrics within the Department of Environmental Chemistry and Radiochemistry. The person hired for this position will carry out the tasks of scientific research as part of the "NanoInformaTIX" project financed by the Framework Programme EU HORIZON 2020 (www.nanoinformatix.eu).read more
Congratulations to the new H2020 HARMLESS Project consortium
Congratulations to the new Horizon 2020 HARMLESS Project consortium and our colleague - Dr. Agnieszka Gajewicz-Skrętna! Project HARMLESS, implemented by the consortium of 19 partners, coordinated by the Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH ), Germany, received funding from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme.read more
Lirene Dermoprogram Award for Dr. Agnieszka Gajewicz-Skrętna
Congratulations to our Colleague – Dr. Agnieszka Gajewicz–Skrętna, who was awarded amongst the three Finalists of The Woman – Innovation – Nature poll organized by Lirene Dermoprogram.