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Name: László Bencs

Place of birth: Budapest, Hungary

Workplace: Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics,

                   Wigner Research Centre for Physics (Wigner RCP),

Address:      H-1121 Budapest, Konkoly-Thege Miklós út 29-33.

Education and qualifications

  1987-92. Major: Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques at University of Veszprém, Hungary.

  1992. Diploma in chemical engineering at University of Veszprém (supervisor: Dr. Iván Fehér)

  1994-97. Postgraduate (PhD) course at the Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences (ELTE), Budapest (supervisor: Prof. Ottó Szakács)

  2000. PhD in Chemistry at ELTE

  2011. Habilitation at RISSPO

  2019. DSc in Chemistry at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS)


1992-1998. Research assistant at Research Laboratory for Crystal Physics (RLCP) of the HAS

1999-2011. Research fellow at Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics (RISSPO) of the HAS (the legal successor of RLCP)

2001. Oct. - 2003. March: Postdoctoral research fellow at the Micro and Trace Analysis Centre (MiTAC), Department of Chemistry, Campus Drie Eiken, University of Antwerp (UA) (18 months)

2003- Leader of the chemical laboratory at RISSPO

2003. Nov. - 2007. Aug.: Guest researcher at MiTAC, UA (4-times 3 months, 1 time 7 months)

2008. Nov. - 2011. June: Guest researcher at MiTAC, UA (32 months)

2012. January - 2019. September: Senior researcher at Wigner RCP

2019. October – Scientific advisor at Wigner RCP


1995. Optical spectroscopy laboratory practice for undergraduate chemist students at ELTE.

2001- Supervisor of students (8 PhD + 2 MSc) at UA, RISSPO and Wigner RCP.

2017- Independent Task I. and II. laboratory practice for chemical engineer (MSc) students at BME.

Other appointments and affiliations

Current research interest

  1. Development of solid and solution sampling spectrochemical methods for the determination of the constituents of oxide based nano and bulk crystals.
  2. Studies on the atomization processes in the electrolyte cathode atmospheric glow discharge (ELCAD).
  3. Characterization of ship emission related atmospheric pollutants over North Sea waters and the coastal region.
  4. Preparation and analysis of nano-materials for biomarker applications.
  5. Studies on the composition of atmospheric aerosols and their source apportionment.


P1. OTKA: Development and study of spectrochemical methods for the determination of dopant and trace elements in bismuth oxide based crystals. (1997-1999, project leader: Prof. Ottó Szakács, project number: T23737).

P2. OTKA: Application of spectrochemical methods for crystal growth studies. (1998-2001, project leader: Prof. Tibor Kántor, at ELTE, project number: T26619).

P3. OTKA: Development of laser ablation and electrothermal sample introduction methods for the atom spectrochemical study of element distributions. (2002-2005, project leader: Prof. Tibor Kántor, at ELTE, project number: T38017).

P4. Flemish Environmental Institute (Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij): Measurement of PM2.5 in Flanders, 2001-2003, Flanders, Belgium, 2001-2003 (project leader: Prof. René Van Grieken, at UA; contract number: LUC/2001/126).

P5. Administration for Science and Innovation (AWI): Methodology for the estimation of the impact of PM2.5 and gases in the development of asthma and allergy on young adults. Flanders, Belgium, 2001-2003, (project leader: Prof. René Van Grieken, at UA; contract number: PBO/99A/21/51).

P6. EC-project: Friendly Heating: both comfortable for people and compatible with conservation of art works preserved in churches. (WP3 - Air flow and leakage studied by tracers) (2002-2005, project leader: Prof. René Van Grieken, at UA, project number: EVK4-CT-2001-00067).

P7. Polish-Flemish Bilateral project: Proper heating of historic wooden churches - characterisation of air flows, particulate deposition and strains in the wood. (2004-2006, project leader in Flanders: Prof. René Van Grieken, at UA, project number: FA0702-4/60-612510)).

P8. Belgian Science Policy (Belspo): Atmospheric nitrogen input into the North Sea: Inorganic and organic nutrient fluxes. (2003-2006, project leader: Prof. René Van Grieken, at UA, contract number: EV/06/39A).

P9. Project of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Environmental study of the atmosphere inside and outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). (2005-2007, project leader: Prof. René Van Grieken, at UA, project No. at UA: 1157).

P10. OTKA: Study on solid sampling spectrochemical methods for the analysis of optical crystals. (2007-2010, project leader: László Bencs, at RISSPO, project number: F67647).

P11. OTKA: Investigations of atomization processes in an electrolyte cathode atmospheric glow discharge. (2007-2012, project leader: Dr. Pál Mezei, at RISSPO, project number: K68390).

P12. Belspo: Atmospheric deposition fluxes to the Belgian marine waters originating from ship emissions. (2009-2011, project leader: Prof. René Van Grieken, contract number: SD/NS/07A).

P13. OTKA: Design, fabrication and analysis of luminescent silicon carbide nanocrystals for in vivo biomarker applications. (2012-2015, project leader: Dr. Ádám Gali, at Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Wigner RCP of the HAS, project number: K101819).

P14. GINOP: Application of national volcanic raw materials for environmental protection. (2018-2019, project leader: Prof. Rita Földényi, Pannon University/Biocentrum ltd., project number: GINOP-2.2.1-15-2017-00037).

P15. GINOP: Development of a sampler and establishment of the related material testing and biological system for online monitoring of the mobile sedimentary phases of surface water bodies. (2017-2021, consortium leader: Dr. Tamás Cserfalvi, AquaTerra Lab ltd., Veszprém, Hungary, project number: GINOP-2.2.1-15-2017-00070).


  1. Young Researcher Scholarship of the HAS, at RLCP, Hungary, 1993-1996. (supervisor: Prof. Ottó Szakács)
  2. Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs (OSTC), Belgium 2001-2002. One year postdoctoral grant, in MiTAC, UA (supervisor: Prof. René Van Grieken)
  3. AWI, Belgium, 2002-2003. Half a year, postdoctoral grant at MiTAC, UA (supervisor: Prof. René Van Grieken)
  4. NATO – Research Fellowship Program, 2003. Nov. – 2004. Jan.: Two months grant at UA (4016/NATO/03) (supervisor: Prof. René Van Grieken).

Hobbies/sports: sailing, bicycling, old radios.

Updated: November 24th, 2022.