Background and activities

Research in the field of mineral processing and engineering, physicochemistry of surfaces as well as chemical metallurgy. 


M.Sc. Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, May 2008
Ph.D. Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, May 2012
D.Sc. (Habilitation) Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland, October 2016

A list of selected papers


Larsen E., Kowalczuk P.B., Kleiv R.A., 2019. Non-HF collectorless flotation of quartz. Miner. Eng. 133, 115-118.


Polowczyk I., Kruszelnicki M., Kowalczuk P.B., 2018. Heterocoagulation of shale particles and bubbles in the presence of ionic surfactants. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 554, 180-186.

Polowczyk I., Kruszelnicki M., Kowalczuk P.B., 2018. Oil agglomeration of metal-bearing shale in the presence of mixed cationic-anionic surfactants. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 54(4), 1052-1059.

Kowalczuk P.B., Manaig D.O., Drivenes K., Snook B., Aasly K., Kleiv R.A., 2018. Galvanic leaching of seafloor massive sulphides using MnO2 in H2SO4-NaCl media. Minerals 8(6), 235.

Szczerkowska S., Wiertel-Pochopien A., Zawala J., Larsen E., Kowalczuk P.B., 2018. Kinetics of froth flotation of naturally hydrophobic solids with different shapes. Miner. Eng. 121, 90–99.

Drzymala J., Kowalczuk P.B., 2018. Classification of flotation frothers. Minerals 8(2), 53.

Kowalczuk P.B., Snook B., Kleiv R.A., Aasly K., 2018. Efficient extraction of copper and zinc from seafloor massive sulphide rock samples from the Loki’s Castle area at the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge. Miner. Eng. 115, 106–116.

Kosior D., Kowalczuk P.B., Zawala J., 2018. Surface roughness in bubble attachment and flotation of highly hydrophobic solids in presence of frother-experiment and simulations. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 54(1), 63–72.

Kowalczuk P.B., Siedlarz M., Szczerkowska S., Wojcik M., 2018. Facile determination of foamability index of non-ionic and cationic frothers and its effect on flotation of quartz. Sep. Sci. Techn. 53(8), 1198–1206.


Kowalczuk P.B., Zawala J., Drzymala J., 2017. Concentration at the minimum bubble velocity (CMV) for various types of flotation frothers. Minerals 7(7), 118.

Drzymala J., Ratajczak T., Kowalczuk P.B., 2017. Kinetic separation curves based on process rate considerations. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 53(2), 983–995.

Kowalczuk P.B., Akkaya C., Ergun M., Janicki M., Sahbaz O., Drzymala J., 2017. Water contact angle on corresponding surfaces of freshly fractured fluorite, calcite and mica. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 53(1), 192–201.

Kowalczuk P.B., Drzymala J., 2017. Selectivity and power of frothers in copper ore flotation. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 53(1), 515–523.


Iyakwari S., Glass H.,  Rollinson G.K., Kowalczuk P.B., 2016. Application of near infrared sensors to preconcentration of hydrothermally-formed copper ore. Miner. Eng. 85, 148–167.

Kowalczuk P.B., Drzymala J., 2016. Some remarks on attachment of a gas bubble to another phase both immersed in a water. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 52(1), 147–154.

Kowalczuk P.B., Zawala J., Kosior D., Drzymala J., Malysa K., 2016. Three-phase contact formation and flotation of highly hydrophobic polytetrafluoroethylene in the presence of increased dose of frothers. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 55(3), 839–843.

Kowalczuk P.B., Zawala J., 2016. A relationship between time of three-phase contact formation and flotation kinetics of naturally hydrophobic solids. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 506, 371–377.

Kowalczuk P.B., Drzymala J., 2016. Physical meaning of the Sauter mean diameter of spherical particulate matter. Part. Sci. Technol., 34(6), 645–647.

Janicki M.J., Drzymala J., Kowalczuk P.B., 2016. Structure and surface energy of both fluorite halves after cleaving along selected crystallographic planes. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 52(1), 451–458.

Kowalczuk P.B., Zawala J., Drzymala J., Malysa K., 2016. Influence of hexylamine on kinetics of flotation and bubble attachment to the quartz surface. Sep. Sci. Techn., 51(15-16), 2681–2690.

Drzymala J., Swebodzinska A., Duchnowska M., Bakalarz A., Luszczkiewicz A., Kowalczuk P.B., 2016. Preliminary study on collectorless flotation of chalcocite, bornite and copper-bearing shale in the presence of selected frothers. E3S Web of Conferences 8, 01031.

Ratajczak T., Drzymala J., Kowalczuk P.B., 2016. Local and global assessment of flotation kinetics. E3S Web of Conferences 8, 01033.

Pazik P.M., Chmielewski T., Glass H.J., Kowalczuk P.B., 2016. World production and possible recovery of cobalt from Kupferchiefer stratiform copper ore. E3S Web of Conferences 8, 01063.


Kowalczuk P.B., Zaleska E., Danczak O., 2015. Flotation of carbonaceous copper shale-quartz mixture with poly(ethylene glycol) alkyl ethers. Trans. Nonferrous Met. Soc. China 25(1), 314–318.

Kowalczuk P.B., Mroczko D., Drzymala J., 2015. Influence of frother type and dose on collectorless flotation of copper-bearing shale in a flotation column. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 51(2), 547–558.

Kowalczuk P.B., 2015. Flotation and hydrophobicity of quartz in the presence of hexylamine. Int. J. Miner. Process., 140, 66–71.


Tasdemir A., Kowalczuk P.B., 2014. Application of statistical process control for proper processing of the Fore-Sudetic Monocline copper ore. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 50(1), 249–264.

Kowalczuk P.B., Buluc B., Sahbaz O., Drzymala J., 2014. In search of an efficient frother for pre-flotation of carbonaceous shale from the Kupferschiefer stratiform copper ore. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 50(2), 835–840.


Iyakwari S., Glass H., Kowalczuk P.B., 2013. Potential for near infrared sensor-based sorting of hydrothermally-formed minerals. J. Near Infrared Spectrosc. 21(3), 223–229.

Drzymala J., Kowalczuk P.B., Oteng-Peprah M., Foszcz D., Muszer A., Henc T., Luszczkiewicz A., 2013. Application of the grade-recovery curve in the batch flotation of Polish copper ore. Miner. Eng. 49, 17–23.

Kowalczuk P.B., 2013. Determination of critical coalescence concentration and bubble size for surfactants used as flotation frothers. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 52(33), 11752–11757.


Kowalczuk P.B., Drzymala J., 2012. Surface flotation of particles on liquids. Principles and applications. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 393, 81–85.

Watanabe M., Kowalczuk P.B., Drzymala J., 2011. Analytical solution of equation relating maximum size of floating particle and its hydrophobicity. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 46, 13–20.

Kowalczuk P.B., Sahbaz O., Drzymala J., 2011. Maximum size of floating particles in different flotation cells. Miner. Eng. 24(8), 766–771.

Kowalczuk P.B., Drzymala J., 2011. Contact angle of bubble with an immersed-in-water particle of different materials. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 50(7), 4207–4211.

Kowalczuk P.B., Drzymala J., 2011. A proposition of symbolism of non-ideal separations followed by analytical procedures for description of separation processes. Miner. Process. Extr. Metall. Rev. 32(4), 278–288.

Kowalczuk P.B., Chmielewski T., 2010. Change of electrode potential in the non-oxidative leaching. Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 44, 115–126.


Professional membership

Editor-in-Chief: Physicochemical Problems of Mineral Processing

Editor: Minerals

Deputy-in-Chief: Journal of the Polish Mineral Engineering Society

Editorial Board: Current Chemistry Letters

Co-Editor: E3S Web of Conferences, Vol. 8, 2016, Mineral Engineering Conference MEC2016

Editor: Proceedings of the Mineral Engineering Conference MEC2013, 16-19 September 2013, Swieradow-Zdroj, Poland

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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