Created in 1966 by Professor Jerzy Kroh as a teaching-research unit belonging to the Faculty of Chemistry of Lodz University of Technology, the Institute of Applied Radiation Chemistry (IARC) provides an education to students as well as other members of academic community and participates in research and science development.
In order to fulfill the role of the Institute in education its faculty members deliver lectures, tutorials, and laboratory classes for the following courses: physical chemistry, radiochemistry, photochemistry, spectroscopy, information technology, computer science, molecular modeling, polymer science, biophysics, biochemistry, and nanotechnology.
The institute is located at two sites. The main building (address: Wroblewskiego 15) hosts the administration offices and the following research laboratories: the pulse radiolysis lab, 60Co sources, Raman spectroscopy, Raman imaging, femtosecond laser laboratory, laser, and EPR spectroscopy labs, sonochemistry lab, computer center, and others. Photo- and radiochemical, the mass spectroscopy lab, biomedical chemistry, isotope effects, and molecular modeling laboratories are located in the building of the Faculty of Chemistry (address: Zeromskiego 116).
The IARC collaborates widely with many national and foreign scientific institutions as well asÂ industrial laboratories utilizing radiation technique. This collaboration comprises joint research projects, scientific publications, and exchange of researchers. In particular, the collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna results in numerous benefits in a form of technical missions and trainings delivered by the IARC employees. The Institute also frequently hosts foreign researchers and students as recommended by the IAEA.
The IARC staff co-edits international journals devoted to radiation, spectroscopy, and laser science aspects. The Institute also co-organizes numerous scientific conferences among which the PULS conference (Pulse Investigation in Chemistry, Biology and Physics), Marie Curie Excellence, and the Isotopes series are worldwide known events.
The IARC actively participates in many research projects focused on both fundamental and applied research funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the National Centre for Research and Development, the National Science Centre, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union within framework programs as well as within National Cohesion Strategy programs such as human capital or innovative economy. The research in the Institute is interdisciplinary and wide-ranging. Overarching goals of ongoing research projects include improving human health and diagnostic tools, monitoring the processes occurring in the environment, developing nanotechnology and novel advanced biomaterials for a myriad of applications, and unraveling problems associated with different sources of energy.
The Institute houses the Board of the Lodz Branch of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Polish Radiation Research Society.
The most important achievements include: 20 published textbooks and monographs, more than 1000 articles in scientific journals, more than 50 national and international patents, several technologies already applied or being applied in industry.