Dr. Oleszczuk is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Head of Environmental Chemistry Department at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland. His research interest includes: (1) ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry, (2) fate of organic and inorganic contaminants in environmental (soil, water, sediments) and anthropogenic samples (sewage sludges, composts, food); (3) nanoparticles in the environment (fate, determination, sorption of organic contaminants, toxicity); (4) waste (mainly sewage sludge and compost) management and utilization; (5) biochar properties and applications. Dr. Oleszczuk has more than eighteen years of research experience on contaminants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, nanomaterials and heavy metals in natural and engineered environment. He has published more than one hundred peer-reviewed high impact journal papers on the above topics and is a frequent invited speaker at many international conferences and universities.
Dr. Oleszczuk obtained MS degree from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland in 1999 and Ph.D degree from University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland in 2004. After the graduation, Dr. Oleszczuk worked in University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland seven years from 2000 to 2007 and then moved to University of Massachusetts in Amherst, USA as a postdoc research associate between 2007 and 2009. Dr Oleszczuk joined Maria Curie-Sklodowska University as a professor since September 2012. Dr. Oleszczuk received several awards including Award from Prime Minister of Polish Government, The Polityka Foundation “Stay with us”, Group Award of Polish Minister of the Environment, Award for “Young Scientist” from Polish Academy of Science, Fellowship for “Start” from the Foundation for Polish Science. As a principal investigator, Dr. Oleszczuk is being in charge of more than 10 Federal projects.