Clay Minerals Research Group (ClayLab)

Head:   Arkadiusz Derkowski  PhD, DSc. Professor                                                            Manager:   Marek Szczerba  PhD, DSc.

Phone: (48) 12 3705 226 ; 12 422-89-20 ; Ext.: 226                                                             Phone: (48) 12 3705 232 ; Ext.: 232

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Fax: (48) 12 3705 205 ; 12 422-16-09


Institute of Geological Sciences P.A.S., Research Centre in Kraków                         

Instytut Nauk Geologicznych PAN., Ośrodek Badawczy w Krakowie 
Senacka 1, 31-002 Kraków Poland


The Laboratory of the Clay Minerals Research Group (ClayLab) is one of few in the world and the only one in Poland, fully equipped with all tools used to study minerals in the group of layered aluminosilicates. The laboratory deals with structural, quantitative, and qualitative analysis of rocks and soils containing clay minerals. Besides, the laboratory conducts research on the potential of high-pressure methane adsorption on shale and coal samples, geochronological measurements of rocks and silicate minerals, research on thermal transformations of minerals, supporting the interpretation of results by molecular modeling. ClayLab team consists of highly qualified members, who have the latest laboratory equipment and a cutting-edge science at their disposal.


  • X-ray Diffraction Laboratory (XRD)
  • Noble Gas Laboratory (K-Ar)
  • Thermogravimetry and Infrared Spectroscopy coupled to mass spectrometry Laboratory (TG-IR-MS)
  • High-pressure gas adsorption and rock porosimetry Laboratory (IsoSorp)
  • Molecular modeling
  • Chemical and clay minerals separation Laboratory

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ClayLab team members  

  • Jan Środoń                                    PhD, DSc. Professor




  • Arkadiusz Derkowski                   PhD, DSc. Professor                              Associate Professor

      Assistant Professor


       Assistant Professor


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