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  • Our research group will be introduced at the I. BME Competence Fair organised by BME on 17. June 2022

    The 1st BME Competence Fair, organised by BME on 17. June 2022 is a first of its kind program for showcasing research and creativity, disseminating results and facilitating multidisciplinary cooperation.

    The aim of the event is to facilitate the meeting of like-minded experts from all over Europe for future research collaborations and European grant applications.

    The hybrid (online and in-person) event will provide various opportunities for building connections: research pitches, thematic breakout room discussions and networking sessions. The program will also feature panel discussions on trending topics of the European Research Area.

    The networking will be facilitated by an innovative mobile application (Whova) for setting up smart profiles, initiating 1:1 or group discussions around topics of interest and organizing meetups.

    There will be 4 pitching sessions, each of them introducing 2 research groups of BME during 2*3 minutes.

    Our research group will be presented by Dr Viktória Feigl in Pitching Session 2.

    Further information about the event, schedule and registration could be reached at: https://innovacio.bme.hu/innovacios-nap/

    Posted at 2022-06-14 » By : » Categories : News »
  • Scientific articles published by our research group during 2021-2022

    The scientific  publications of our research group  in cooperation with national and/or international scientists  during 2021-2022 in various  scientific journals include the following:

     

    • Dell’Armi, E., Zeppilli, M., Di Franca, M. L., Matturro, B., Feigl, V., Molnár, M., Berkl, Zs., Németh, I., Yaqoubi, H., Rossetti, S., Papini, M. P., Majone, M. (2022) Evaluation of a bioelectrochemical reductive/oxidative sequential process for chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons (CAHs) removal from a real contaminated groundwater, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 49, 103101, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2022.103101

     

    • Cruz Viggi, C., Tucci, M., Resitano, M., Matturro, B., Crognale, S., Feigl, V., Molnár, M., Rossetti, S., Aulenta, F. (2022) Passive electrobioremediation approaches for enhancing hydrocarbons biodegradation in contaminated soils, Science of The Total Environment, 845, 157325, ISSN 0048-9697. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.157325.

     

    • Berkl, Z.; Fekete-Kertész, I.; Buda, K.; Vaszita, E.; Fenyvesi, É.; Szente, L.; Molnár, M. (2022) Effect of Cyclodextrins on the Biofilm Formation Capacity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. Molecules, 27, 3603. https://doi.org/10.3390/ molecules27113603

     

    • Kerekes, I. K., Pusztai, Éva, Feigl, V., Kemény, S. (2022) Acute Ecotoxicological Effects of Bauxite Residue Addition on Mortality and Motion-frequency of Dendrobaena veneta and Enchytraeus albidus (Annelida) in Three Types of Soils, Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, 66(3), 512–524. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPch.19868

     

    • Németh, I., Molnár, S., Vaszita, E., Molnár, M. (2021) The Biolog EcoPlate™ Technique for Assessing the Effect of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles on Freshwater Microbial Communities, Nanomaterials , 11(7), 1777. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11071777

     

    • Farkas, E., Feigl, V., Vaszita, E., Uzinger, N., Rékási, M., Gruiz, K., Molnár, M. (2021) Screening and Ranking Methodology Applied to Biochars Aimed at Acidic and Calcareous Sandy Soil Improvement, Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, 65(3), 361-377. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPch.17163

     

    • Hirsch, E., Pantea, E., Vass, P., Domján, J., Molnár, M., Suhajda, Á., Andersen, S. K., Vigh, T., Verreck, G., Marosi, Gy. J. et al. (2021) Probiotic bacteria stabilized in orally dissolving nanofibers prepared by high-speed electrospinning, Food and Bioproducts Processing, 128, 84-94, 11 p. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fbp.2021.04.016

     

    Posted at 2022-06-14 » By : » Categories : News »
  • The PhD students from our group were awarded the 1st and the 2nd prize at the Spring Wind Conference in Pécs

    Congratulations to the PhD students from our group, who participated and were awarded prizes at the multidisciplinary regular annual scientific conference labelled as the Spring Wind Conference in Pécs, organized by the Association of Hungarian PhD and DLA Candidates (DOSZ) between 6-8th of May 2022.

    The event provided an opportunity for young researchers and doctoral candidates from all scientific disciplines to present their research outcomes in Hungarian and English, also in oral or poster sessions.

    Based on the previously sent abstracts, the presentations were classified into 21 scientific sections and 61 various subsections and two poster sessions according to the scientific disciplines. The conference hosted altogether 500 presenters and 90 participants in the audience.

    Two of our PhD students participated with 2 oral presentations at two different scientific subsections and were awarded the 1st and the 2nd prize:

    Medical molecular biology subsection

    Berkl, Zsófia (1st prize): The effect of cyclodextrines on bacterial communication in the Chromobacterium violaceum model system (PhD Supervisor: Dr. Molnár, Mónika)

    Biotechnology and microbiology subsection

    Németh, Imre (2nd prize): Ecotoxicity study of nanoparticles by various test systems (PhD Supervisor: Dr. Molnár, Mónika)

    The additional two of our PhD students presented their research results in the poster session, where Rita Márton’s poster won the 1st prize and Szabina Molnár’s poster the 2nd prize:

    Poster session 2.

    Márton, Rita (1st prize): Biofilm formation by Candida boidinii and the assessment of the effect of quorum sensing molecules on the process (PhD Supervisor: Dr. Molnár, Mónika)

    Poster session 1.

    Molnár, Szabina (2nd prize): Qualification of beech-wood biochar and investigation of its applicability in sandy soil. (PhD Supervisor: Dr. Molnár, Mónika)

    Posted at 2022-06-14 » By : » Categories : News »
  • HUNPROTEXC: The HUNgarian Integrated PROTein Science Program, Centre of EXCellence

    Project title: HUNPROTEXC: Protein Science and its application National Programme

    Project website: HunProtExc – Introduction – Med in Prot (elte.hu)

    Project identification No: 2018-1.2.1-NKP-2018-00005

    Funding Agency: National Research, Development and Innovation Fund

    Category: Competitive and Excellence cooperation

    Programme denomination: 2018-1.2.1-NKP

    Sub-programme: “E” sub-programme- Protein Science and its applications National Programme

    Project duration: 2019. 03. 01 – 2023. 02. 28

    Project type: consortium

    Project partners: Eötvös Lóránd University ELTE (consortium leader), Budapest University of Technology and Economics, TTK Research Centre for Natural Sciences (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

    Project summary:

    The HUNgarian Integrated PROTein Science Program, Centre of EXCellence (in short: HunProtExc) is a unique and new initiative in Hungary with the following aims:
    1) Interconnection of different expertise and research fields within protein science, network initialization and support.
    2) Adapting the notion of competitive research collaboration, its support and the dissemination of results.
    3) Synergy of research fields of protein science to further scientific excellence by facilitating collaborative research of well-renowned scientists on topics concerning medicinal biology, environmental protection / technology and state-of-the-art instrumentation (Synergy Modules).
    4) Providing opportunities for young researchers (Start-up Modules),
    5) Initiating formation of critical scientific mass on the shared Buda-campus of the 3 participating institutions.
    6) Establishing of a protein science knowledge centre (Integrated Protein Facility, IPF), where besides basic and advanced research and development, service of recombinant protein production will be available.

    The research topics covered by this program comprises cutting edge research exploring cancer, allergy, stroke (complement system), diabetes, Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases, the Frank-Ter Haar syndrome, non-aging (germline and tumour) cell-lines, proteomics, and enzymatic remediation (environmental protection), etc. all could lead to important discoveries. Training of young talents, as one of the key goals of our scientific excellence, will get greater emphasis through improvement of MSc and PhD programs, the support of a medicinal-biotechnology specialization, the establishment of new protein science research courses at our Universities both in Hungarian and in English

    The leaders of this project are connected by years of scientific partnership and successful research collaboration (https://medinprot.chem.elte.hu/hunprotexc), Professors András Perczel (a chemist), Beáta G. Vértessy (a biochemist), László Buday (a medical doctor & molecular biologist) and László Nyitray (a biologist) are ready to face new challenges at a high level of excellence.

    A KMBCS research group is involved in the research on the development of ecological remediation technologies utilising efficient microbial inoculants.

    The aim of the research is to enhance the efficiency of biodegradation-based methods for remediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils using microorganisms and enzymes with specific degradation activity. In the first phase of the research, we assessed the biodegradation potential and the microbiological activity in different soils contaminated with not readily biodegradable hydrocarbons (e.g. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH); we established a microbiological methodology supporting the characterization of the environmental risk of these contaminated sites and planning of biodegradation-based bioremediation technologies. The potential PAH-degrading enzymes for experimental purposes were selected based on the analysis of contaminated soil samples and the scientific literature.

    Posted at 2022-05-27 » By : » Categories : Ongoing Projects »
  • We participated at the 11th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management (ICEEM11) (Muttenz, Switzerland, 8-10 September 2021)

    On 8-10 September 2021 our group was represented again at the ICEMM11 conference (11th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management) with an on-line presentation. The presentation was held by Dr.Viktória Feigl, who presented the results of direct mutagenicity testing conducted on complex environmental samples. The abstract of the lecture was published in the Book of Abstracts under the following details:

    Rita Márton, Viktória Feigl, Ildikó Fekete-Kertész, Mónika Molnár: DIRECT MUTAGENICITY TESTING AS PART OF THE ECOTOXICITY TEST BATTERY FOR THE ASSESSMENT COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES, 2021, 11th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management, ICEEM11, 8 – 10 SEPTEMBER 2021 MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND, Book of abstracts, 231-232, ECOZONE Publishing House, Iasi, ISSN 2457-7049, ISSN-L 2457-7049

    Under the tagline Environmental Engineering for a Clean and Healthy Planet, ICEEM11 aimed to be a platform for scientific dissemination boosting internationalization, multi-disciplinarity and collaboration in research.

    Information about the programme of the conference, about the organisers and other details can be reached through the conference webpage: http://iceem.ro/

    Posted at 2021-12-09 » By : » Categories : News »
  • The over 4 years long SCALE project, funded by H2020-EU.3.5.3, was successfully completed on 31.05.2021

    The SCALE project (Production of Scandium compounds and Scandium Aluminum alloys from European metallurgical by- products) funded by the EU Research and Innovation programme H2020-EU.3.5.3 was successfully completed on 31.05.2021.

     

    The main achievements:

    Posted at 2021-07-09 » By : » Categories : News »
  • Popular Science article about the Ajka red mud disaster in 2010

    Our colleague, William Mayes, an environmental scientist from the University of Hull in England, summarised in a short article published on the 15th February, 2021 at the Popular Science website, the lessons  learned from the Ajka 2010 red mud disaster in Hungary.

    Posted at 2021-03-08 » By : » Categories : News »
  • We participated at the 1st International Greenering Conference between 15-17. 02. 2021

    We participated with a poster presentation at the first international online Greenering conference, organised between 15-17 February, 2021.

    The conference was organised within the GREENERING COST action, that had the objective to join academics, researchers and companies in an international forum to promote industrial application of green chemistry and sustainable technologies into industries, with environmental, innovation, economic and policy aspects in focus.

    The title of the poster presented on behalf of our reserach group is:

    Poster: ECOTOXICITY ASSESSMENT TO SUPPORT THE SELECTION OF TECHNOLOGY ALTERNATIVES FOR SCANDIUM EXTRACTION FROM BAUXITE RESIDUE IN SCALED-UP EXPERIMENTS

    Authors: Feigl V., Molnár M., Berkl Zs., Vaszita E., Fekete-Kertész I.

    Posted at 2021-03-08 » By : » Categories : News »
  • Éva Farkas defended her PhD dissertation

    Congratulations to Éva Farkas for sucessfully defending her PhD thesis on 15. 01. 2021.

    The title of the PhD dissertation is:

    “Complex assessment and evaluation of the long-term effects of biochar to improve sandy soils – from laboratory to field application “

    The PhD dissertation and the thesis book (both in Hungarian and English) are available in the digital archive of the university.

    Posted at 2021-03-08 » By : » Categories : News »
  • We are pleased to welcome in our group two new PhD students

    We are pleased to welcome in our group two additional PhD students, who won a scholarship from the

    George A. Olah Doctoral School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology:

    Rita Márton (bioengineer M.Sc., BME VBK) and Molnár Szabina (environmental engineer M.Sc., BME VBK).

    Rita Márton’s PhD research topic is: studying and influencing quorum sensing in fungi.

    Szabina Molnár’s PhD research topic is: the effect of biochar ageing on biochar properties and on its applicability in soil.

    We wish much success to their research activity!

    Posted at 2021-03-08 » By : » Categories : News »