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FUNash project – settled!!!

I am extremely pleased to inform you of the substantive and financial settlement of the project entitled “Fly ashes as the precursors of functionalized materials for applications in environmental engineering, civil engineering and agriculture”. The project was funded by the Foundation for Polish Science within the TEAM-NET programme. We carried it out for 4 years as part of a scientific consortium of Lublin University of Technology (leader), AGH University of Science and Technology and Warsaw University (consortium members). The research work on the project involved more than 50 people at various stages of their scientific careers (students, PhD students, post-docs and experienced researchers). As a result of the project, 52 scientific articles were published in prestigious JCR-listed journals. Two technological solutions developed as part of the project received patent protection from the Polish Patent and Trademark Office. Two individuals have obtained doctoral degrees and another two are in the final stages of their doctoral dissertations. A spin-off company called Demetrius LAB ( has been established to provide the services that result from the FUNash project.

To everyone involved in the project, many thanks for your cooperation!!!

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First implementation dissertation at MSAGroup

Robert Hunek, M.Sc. our new member of the MSAGroup, was the first to start pursuing an implementation doctorate entitled "Experimental and in situ studies of the durability of anti-corrosion coatings applied to a reinforced concrete cooling tower at PGE Energia Ciepła S.A.". The doctoral thesis will be carried out in cooperation with PGE Energia Ciepła S.A. The promoter of the doctoral thesis is Prof. Wojciech Franus, while the role of assistant supervisor will be performed by Dr. Katarzyna Gogacz-Chołuj, Eng. The aim of the project is to obtain anticorrosive seal coatings modified with biodegradable methyl esters and stearic acid of higher fatty acids of plant and animal origin for reinforced concrete cooling towers. We will keep you updated on the progress of our PhD student's work!!!

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About the roads in the Bialowieza Forest

A research team of three universities, led by Prof. Wladyslaw Gardziejczyk, presented the results of research obtained during the realization of the ISKRA project titled "Mineral composites as a component of durable, safe asphalt pavements reducing negative environmental impact" at the 15th technical seminar of the Association of Engineers and Technicians of Transportation of the Republic of Poland, Bialystok branch. The seminar, held on 07-09.02.2024 in Bialowieza, was an opportunity to present the results of the ongoing project to a wide range of people involved in the road construction process from investors, designers, contractors to users. The second day of the event included a special session titled

"Pro-environmental solutions for top layers of pavement," which consisted of 3 papers discussing recent research findings: „Mineral composites in the production technologies of mineral-asphalt mixes reducing the negative impact on the environment” A. Woszuk, S. Malinowski, R. Panek – Lublin University of Technology,

„Effect of mineral additive on the properties of SMA LA type warm mixes” M. Wasilewska, W. Gardziejczyk, P. Gierasimiuk, R.Pacholak - Bialystok University of Technology

„Asphalt pavements on bridges” L. Bichajło –Rzeczów University of Technology.

Members of the research teams at the meeting discussed and planned the next study activities to be implemented in 2024.

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Aggregates from waste materials – latest research results

MSAGroup team members comprising: Lidia Bandura and Wojciech Franus, together with Magdalena Leśniak (AGH) and Krzysztof Pałka, published a paper entitled. "Microstructural characterisation and the influence of the chemical composition of the raw material mix on the physicochemical characteristics of waste-derived ceramic aggregates". The analyses investigated the influence of variations in the composition of the raw material mix consisting of fly ash, waste rock and cullet on the physicomechanical properties of ceramic aggregates obtained by microwave radiation firing. The results of the work were published in the prestigious Journal of Building Engineering IF =6.4. The research was carried out as part of a research project entitled. "Use of waste materials in microwave technology for obtaining ceramic aggregates" No POIR.04.01.04-00-0019/20 funded by NCBiR under the Application Projects programme.

More details can be found under the link:

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Can lightweight aggregate be produced from waste materials using microwave radiation?

Members of the MSAGroup - Materials/Synthesis/Application team consisting of: Malgorzata Franus, Jaroslaw Madej, Rafal Panek, Ewelina Grabias-Blicharz have published a paper entitled. "Effect of microwave radiation temperature and content of different solid waste on the microstructure and physicomechanical properties of lightweight aggregates", which investigated the effect of microwave exposure temperature and raw material composition on the physicomechanical, structural and morphological properties of aggregates. The research, published in the prestigious international journal Ceramics International (IF =5.2), included an evaluation of changes in the physicochemical properties of lightweight aggregates containing varying amounts of waste raw materials namely fly ash (60, 70, 80 wt%), waste rock (10, 20 and 30 wt%), glass cullet (10 wt%) and waste solution after hydrothermal zeolite synthesis. The conducted research and determined parameters showed that the proposed technology makes it possible to obtain a full-fledged and environmentally friendly lightweight aggregate during short thermal processing of raw materials, thus saving energy while fitting in with the principles of sustainable development. The research was carried out within the framework of the research project entitled. "The use of waste materials in the microwave technology of lightweight aggregates production" No. POIR.04.01.04-00-0019/20 funded by the National Center for Research and Development.

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The wave of successes of our Chief continues!!!

A few days ago #Wojciech Franus head of our #MSAGroup research team was honoured by the Minister of Education and Science with the silver medal "Meritorious for Polish Science - Sapientia et Veritas". This medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to higher education and science. The award covers achievements in scientific, teaching or organisational activities.

But it doesn't end there!!!

Another distinction is the election of our Head as a member of the Committee on Civil and Hydraulic Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences, which are elected every 4 years, act as advisory and opinion-giving bodies. They develop scientific positions and expert opinions for the state administration, and assist in solving specific scientific problems. They give opinions on normative acts concerning science, its applications and education.

Congratulations Chief!!!

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Waste from which lightweight aggregates can be produced

The prestigious Routledge publishing house, as part of its Innovations in Environmental Engineering series, has published a book entitled. "Application of waste materials in lightweight aggregates", authored by #Malgorzata Franus. Compiled by a member of our #MSAGroup team presents the current state of knowledge on aggregates production mehods, their characteristics, current standards and legal regulations. In addition, the book briefly discusses the issue of the presence of different types of waste in the environment (including municipal, energy and mining industries), their characteristics and uses for the production of lightweight aggregates. This book serves as a source of academic information on the course and conditions of using various waste treatment processes for lightweight aggregates. More details at the link

Congratulations Gosia!!!

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Maciej Szeląg with scientific promotion

On November 15, 2023, MSAGroup member, Maciej Szeląg obtained a post-doctoral degree in engineering and technical sciences. The degree was awarded on the basis of the scientific achievement entitled: "Analysis of thermally induced cracking patterns of modified cement pastes" by the Council of the Scientific Discipline of Civil Engineering, Geodesy and Transport of the Lublin University of Technology. The reviewers in the proceedings were prof. Zbigniew Giergiczny (Silesian University of Technology), prof. Michał Antoni Glinicki (Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences), prof. Marcin Koniorczyk (Łódź University of Technology) and dr hab. Agnieszka Ślosarczyk (Poznań University of Technology). The chairman of the habilitation committee was prof. Maria Kaszyńska (West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin).

Additionally, it is worth emphasizing that Maciek is not yet 35 years old, and obtaining post-doctoral degree in the field of engineering and technical sciences at such a young age is a very great achievement.

Big congratulations and we wish you further success!

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Can the aging processes of asphalt be inhibited?

Members of the MSAGroup team including: Szymon Malinowski, Agneszka Woszuk and Wojciech Franus published a paper entitled: "Modern two-component modifiers inhibiting the aging process of road bitumen", exploring the possibility of inhibiting the bitumen aging process by using two-component polymer composites based on chitosan. The studies, published in the prestigious international journal Construction and Building Materials (IF =7.4) included an evaluation of changes in the bitumen physicochemical properties due to technological ageing. Moreover, the authors investigated in this paper how the chemical structure of road bitumen changes during the production of the asphalt mixture. The performed studies and determined indicators showed that composites rich in amine groups, i.e. chitosan:polyaniline, inhibit the technological ageing processes of bitumen with the greatest efficiency and enable the maintenance of the original bitumen physicochemical properties at a level of up to 90%. For more details, please read: The research was carried out within the framework of the research task MINIATURA 5 (No. 2021/05/X/ST8/00161) funded by the National Science Centre.

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MSAGroup at the 8th Intelligent Development Forum

On October 19-20, 2023, members of our research team: Malgorzata Franus, Joanna Fronczyk, Joanna Styczeń, Rafał Panek, Martyna Janek, Jarosław Madej and Wojciech Franus participated in the deliberations of the 8th Intelligent Development Forum, held in Uniejów.

Participation in the Forum was an excellent opportunity to present the achievements and research areas of our MSAGroup team to date, as well as to establish cooperation with industrial and scientific partners, who attended the event in great numbers.

Our presence at the 8th Smart Growth Forum was also connected with the reception of the Scientist of the Future 2023 award in the category: Woman of Science Who Changes the World, whose Laureate was Malgorzata Franus. The award was given for scientific achievements and realization of innovative R&D projects implemented into economic practice, as well as for creating a positive and interesting image of Polish science and R&D work among the public.

But this is not the end of the successes - our MSAGroup team was also the Laureate of the Scientist of the Future 2023 award in the category: Research Team of the Future, for the implementation of projects on the problems of synthesis and application of porous materials in construction and environmental engineering, as well as for the promotion and dissemination of the results of the work done so far to the society at large.

We are very pleased to be noticed and appreciated for our activities - thank you