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Dr. Marek Szczerba
Principal research interests:
Clay Mineralogy, Spectroscopy, Molecular modelling
 
Address:
Instytut Nauk Geologicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Ośrodek Badawczy w Krakowie
ul. Senacka 1, 31-002 Kraków, POLAND

Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences
- Research Centre in Cracow

Position: Adjunct

phone: (+48) 12 422 19 10; fax (+48) 12 422 16 09
          (+48) 12 3705 232
e-mail: ndszczer@cyf-kr.edu.pl

home page: www.ing.pan.pl/str_prac/Szczerba_M/Szczerba.htm

Academic degrees

Professional career
  • 2001 - 2006
    Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
    MSc Thesis (2006):
    Some mineralogical and geochemical aspects of oxidation zone in Zn-Pb ore deposits from the "Pomorzany" mine rear Olkusz
    Supervisor: Dr hab. Zbigniew Sawłowicz
  • 2002 - 2007
    Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
    MSc Thesis (2007):
    Modelling of infrared and Raman scaterring spectra of chosen phosphonic derivatives of proline.
    Supervisor: Prof. dr hab. Leonard M. Proniewicz
  • 2007 - 2009
    Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Applied Computer Science, Cracow University of Technology, Kraków part-time student of Computer Sciences.
  • 2009 - 2011
    Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Warsaw, part-time student of Computer Sciences.
  • BSc Eng. Thesis (2011)
    Supervisor: Dr Krzysztof Barteczko
  • 2007 - 2011  -  PhD student;
    Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Science

  • PhD Thesis (2011):
    Interpretation of K-Ar ages measured for mineral mixtures
    Supervisor : Prof. dr hab. Jan Środoń

  • 2009 - present
    Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences - Researcher
  • 05-2016 - present
    Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, head of the Clay Minerals Laboratory
Articles

M. Szczerba, A. Kuligiewicz, A. Derkowski, V. Gionis, G.D. Chryssikos, A.G. Kalinichev, 2016: Structure and dynamics of water-smectite interfaces: Hydrogen bonding and the origin of the sharp O-Dw/O-Hw infrared band from molecular simulations. Clays and Clay Minerals, in press.
M. Szczerba, A. Derkowski, A.G. Kalinichev, J. Środoń, 2015: Molecular modeling of the effects of 40Ar recoil in illite particles on their K-Ar isotope dating, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 159, 162-176.
A. Kuligiewicz, A. Derkowski, M. Szczerba, V. Gionis, G.D. Chryssikos, 2015: Water-smectite interface by infrared spectroscopy.  Clays and Clay Minerals, 63, 15-29.
M. Szczerba, Z. Kłapyta, A. Kalinichev, 2014: Ethylene glycol intercalation in smectites. Molecular dynamics simulation studies, Applied Clay Science,91-92, 87-97
A. Derkowski, M. Szczerba, J. Środoń, M. Banaś, 2014: Radiogenic Ar retention in residual silica from acid-treated micas, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 128, 236-248.
Y. Deng, L. Liu, A.L. Barrientos Velázquez, M. Szczerba, J.B. Dixon, 2013: Interactions of Aflatoxin B1 with Smectites: Interlayer Accessibility, Bonding Mechanisms, and Size Matching, in: Aflatoxin Control: Safeguarding Animal Feed with Calcium Smectite, J.B. Dixon, A.L. Barrientos Velázquez, Y. Deng (eds). pp. 67. American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America, Madison, USA
Y. Deng, M. Szczerba, 2011: Computational evaluation of bonding between aflatoxin B1 and smectite, Applied Clay Science, 54, 26-33.
M. Skiba, M. Szczerba, S. Skiba, D.L. Bish, M. Grybos, 2011: The Nature Of Interlayering In Clays From A Podzol (Spodosol) From The Tatra Mountains, Poland, Geoderma, 160, 425-433.
M. Szczerba, M. Rospondek, Controls of distributions of methylphenanthrenes in sedimentary rock extracts: insights from molecular modelling and critical evaluation of existing geological data, Organic Geochemistry, 41, 1297-1311.
M. Szczerba, J. Środoń, M. Skiba, A. Derkowski, 2010: One dimensional structure of exfoliated polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites: a polivynylpyrrolidone (PVP) case study, Applied Clay Science, 47, 235-241.
M. Szczerba, Z. Sawłowicz, 2009: Origin of cerussite in the Upper Silesian Zn-Pb deposits, Poland, Mineralogia, 40, 54-64.
M. Szczerba, J. Środoń, 2009: Extraction of diagenetic and detrital ages and of 40Kdetrital/40Kdiagenetic ratio from K-Ar ages of clay fractions, Clays and Clay Minerals, 57, 46-56.
M. Rospondek, M.Szczerba, K. Małek, M. Góra, L. Marynowski, 2008: Comparison of phenyldibenzothiophene distributions predicted from molecular modelling with relevant experimental and geological data, Organic Geochemistry, 39, 1800-1815.

Awards
 

2014 - the 3-years fellowship for the young outstanding researchers awarded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education

2013 - the "Giovanni Novelli" prize of Associazione Italiana per lo Studio delle Argille

2012 - the Prime Minister Award for the PhD thesis

2011 - the Start Programme - prolongation of the stipend for young researchers awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science.

2010 - the Start Programme - stipend for young researchers awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science.

2010 - The Clay Minerals Society, Conference grant for young scientists, Sevilla, Spain.

2009 - Bradley Award of The International Association for the Study of Clays (AIPEA) for the article: M. Szczerba, J. Środoń and M. Skiba: One dimensional structure of exfoliated polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites: a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) case study.

2009 - American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Grant-in-Aid.

2009 - International Union of Crystallography, Conference grant for young scientists, Zvenigorod, Russia.

2009 - The Clay Minerals Society, Conference grant for young scientists, Billings MT, USA.

2006 - 1st prize of Polish Mineralogical Society for Master thesis in mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry.

Industrial applications

Q-MIN - a computer program used for quantitative analysis of clay-bearing rocks from random preparations. The programs is a whole-pattern fitting program, which models experimental XRD pattern as sum of mineral standards using genetic algorithms as an optimization engine.



Downloads

>MODELAGE< - a Java program for extraction of diagenetic and detrital ages and of
  40Kdetrital/40Kdiagenetic ratio from K-Ar dates of clay fractions

>MODELAGE source code<

>instruction to MODELAGE<


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