Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering
University of Miskolc
2017. 09. 04.
Institutes and Departments

Institute of Mineralogy and Geology

In the BSc Earth Science and Engineering program the institute is in charge of the geology specialization, which provides knowledge in the fields of geological and geophysical engineering. The institute is also responsible for the MSc in Earth Sciences Engineering, primarily in the geological engineering module, which is the only course of its kind in the country. In addition, it teaches the core subjects of Principles in Mineralogy and Petrology and of Geology within all three BSc programs, while Geology of Hungary and Environmental Geology are to all students in certain programs. The main areas taught by the departments of the institute are: basic mineralogy and geology within different programs at the BSc and MSc level; more specialized subjects in petrology and geology in geology programs and specializations (in geology, geophysics, and hydrogeology); ore deposits and industrial minerals; geology and exploration of coal; petroleum geology, hydrocarbon exploration; environmental geology and mineral resource management. From the 1990s environmental geology emerged as a new direction for research, followed in the next decade by environmental mineralogy, environmental geochemistry, and the geochemistry of mining waste.

Director of Institute: Dr. Ferenc MÁDAI, Associate Professor
Department of Mineralogy and Petrography, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. Sándor SZAKÁLL, Associate Professor

Address: H-3515 Miskolc-Campus, University of Miskolc Department of Mineralogy and Petrography
Telephone: +36-46-565-111
Fax: +36-46-565-492

Department of Geology and Mineral Resources, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. György LESS, Professor

Address: H-3515 Miskolc-Campus, University of Miskolc Department of Geology and Mineral Resources
E-mail: foldadm@gold.uni-miskolc.hu
Telephone: +36-46-565-060, +36-565-111
Fax: +36-565-060

Websites:
Institute of Mineralogy and Geology
Department of Mineralogy and Petrography
Department of Geology and Mineral Resources

Research

A considerable portion of the research being conducted in the institute is related to various areas of raw material exploration: mineral paragenesis; geochemistry; geology of mineral deposits; structural geology, tectonics, effects of raw material exploitation on the environment; and the geology of alternative energy sources. These areas are integrated in the CriticEl project currently in progress. Our research findings are known both nationally and internationally in the areas of descriptive and topographic mineralogy and archeometry and in the age- determination of Paleogene rocks using giant unicellulars. The institute carries out geological field investigations for both basic and applied research purposes. The major laboratory instruments electron microprobe, x-ray diffractometer, X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, Gandolfi camera, derivatograph – provide a solid basis for mineral testing. In the past six years four species of minerals have been acknowledged by the International Mineralogical Association as new discoveries, and others are in progress.

Industrial and university partnerships

The institute has connections with prestigious European and Hungarian professional associations, research institutes and companies: the European Federation of Geologists; the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary; Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland); Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary); Kjeøy Research and Education Center (Norway); Department of Geological Engineering, Istanbul Technical University (Turkey); Rotaqua Ltd. (Hungary); and Wildhorse Energy Hungary Kft.

Institute of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering

The institute is in charge of the mining and geotechnology specialization of the BSc program in Earth Science and Engineering, and for the Mining and Geotechnological Engineering MSc program. The main topic areas in teaching are: assessment of mineral deposits; construction materials; energy sources; opening and constructing mines; mining technology and machinery; technical drawing and principles of machines; pumps; compressors; geomechanics; rock mechanics; mine safety; maintenance and diagnostics of machines; design of shells and plates; and noise and vibration. Subjects in these areas are also taught in other programs in the Faculty, and even in the Energetics Engineering program of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Informatics. In addition to BSc and MSc teaching, the institute also takes part in the doctoral school, and also teaches additional training courses to meet the practical needs of industry. Specialists from outside the university and from industry also help to pass on specific practical knowledge.

Director of Institute: Dr. József MOLNÁR, Associate Professor
Department of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. Ákos DEBRECZENI, Associate Professor
Department of Geotechnical Equipment, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. Gábor LADÁNYI, Associate Professor

Address: H-3515 Miskolc-Campus, University of Miskolc Department of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering building A/4. room 242.
Administrator: Lilla Szegediné Körmöndi
Telephone: +36-46-565-068 +36-46-565-111
Fax: +36-46-565-069

Websites:
Institute of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering

Research

The institute has participated and continues to take part in Social Renewal Operational Program research projects in various topics. Earlier we dealt with sustainable natural resource management, and current projects are CriticEl, which researches the reserves of critical elements, and Kútfő, which deals with surface and groundwaters. Some recent industrial research projects include designing the parts of a dredger for optimal comminution of rocks; diagnostic and safety testing of mining  equipment; mechanical testing of rocks and geopolymers; and slope stability of open pit mines. Research is assisted by laboratories for geomechanics, rock mechanics, safety technology, CAD for rock machining, and noise and vibration testing. In recent years considerable development has taken place in the rock mechanics laboratory, which is now capable of modeling the stresses that occur deep in the Earth. The vibration testing equipment and dust measurement technology have also been updated.

Industrial and university partnerships

There are several companies that have entrusted the institute with research projects or that are partners in teaching or providing internships: Colas Északkő Mining Ltd.; Department of Mining Engineering, Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey); Mátra Power Plant Company; Mecsek-Öko Ltd.; and MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company.

Institute of Geography and Geoinformatics

The institute is in charge of teaching BSc in Geography and its specializations in Geoinformatics Research and Teaching of Geography. The objective of the program is to train geographers who are able to study independently in their fields, building on their modern scientific perspective and foreign language knowledge. They acquire the theoretical and methodological foundation needed for understanding the natural, socio-economic and settlement environment and also knowledge of how the environment works and natural and socio-economic environments. In the MSc program in Geography, a geoinformatics specialization can be selected. The aim of the master’s course is to train specialists who, based on their understanding of the geographical consequences of natural, environmental, technical and social phenomena, are capable of developing and applying original professional solutions, of presenting results, and of communicating with both experts and laymen.

Director of Institute: Dr. Károly KOCSIS, Professor
Department of Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences, Head of Dept.: Dr. Endre DOBOS, Associate Professor
Department of Human Geography, Head of Dept.: Dr. Beáta SISKÁNÉ SZILASI, Associate Professor

Az Intézet elérhetőségei:
Address: H-3515 Miskolc-Campus, University of Miskolc Institute of Geography and Geoinformatics A4 building, III. floor., room: 302.
Telephone: +36-46-565-111
Tel./Fax: +36-46-565-074
E-mail: ecosagan@uni-miskolc.hu

Websites:
Institute of Geography and Geoinformatics
Természetföldrajz – Környezettan Intézeti Tanszék
Társadalomföldrajz Intézeti Tanszék

Research

The most important research being conducted at the institute is concerned with international projects on geoinformatics modeling, mapping and database development in the topics of soil science, defenses against flooding, optimization of land use, and the environment, and research into the geographical analysis, evaluation and description of socio-economic processes. The institute works in close cooperation with other institutes of the university on several projects. One area of special importance is the micro-level analysis of social effects. Major projects include: V4 soil (Validation of the Central European soil database); Floodlog (Flood modeling and logistic model development for flood crisis management); e-SOTER (Regional pilot platform as EU contribution to a Global Soil Observing System); GS Soil (Assessment and strategic development of INSPIRE-compliant Geodata Services for European Soil Data); “The Cross Border Knowledge Bridge in the Renewable Energy Sources Cluster in East Slovakia and North Hungary” (KNOWBRIDGE) project; “Study of municipalities’ and other entities’ readiness to address flood protection, increase their knowledge level in accordance with legislation” HUSK/1011/2.1.2/0058; and numerous projects supported by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund.

Industrial and university partnerships

The research partners of the institute are the Geographical Institute, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Szent István University; the Institute for Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; the European Commission Joint Research Center; Institute of Environment and Sustainability (Ispra, Italy); Technical University of Košice (Slovakia).

Institute of Geophysics and Geoinformatics

The Department of Geophysics carries out the teaching of geophysics subjects in the Earth Science specialization of the BSc in Earth Science and Engineering, and is responsible for the MSc in Earth Sciences Engineering and for the specializations of Geophysical Engineering and Geoinformatics Engineering. The Department also provides several subjects in the BSc programs in Environmental Engineering and Geography, as well as in other specializations within Earth Science and Engineering, and for all MSc programs. The department leads the research topic of Applied geophysics research in the Mikoviny Sámuel Doctoral School of Earth Sciences. The rate of students gaining PhD degrees in this topic is nearly 50% (which is considered very high for this university and high nationally), demonstrating the effectiveness of the doctoral study program in this area. The Department of Geodesy and Mine Surveying instructs every student of the Faculty at the BSc level and the majority of MSc students as well.

Director of Institute: Dr. Endre TURAI, Associate Professor
Department of Geophysics, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. Endre TURAI, Associate Professor
Department of Geodesy and Mine Surveying, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. István HAVASI, Associate Professor

E-mail: geofizika@uni-miskolc.hu
Address: H-3515 Miskolc-Campus, University of Miskolc Institute of Geophysics and Geoinformatics A/2 building. II. floor
Telphone: +36-46-565-064

Websites::
Institute of Geophysics and Geoinformatics
Department of Geophysics
Department of Geodesy and Mine Surveying

Research

Important research topics in the Department of Geodesy and Mine Surveying include: traditional geodesical-mine surveying, engineering geodesical and geometrical data acquisition procedures in GIS; GIS; geoinformatics; geodesical IT; geostatics; risk calculation. In the Department of Geophysics the primary research profile since its establishment has been prospecting for and exploiting raw materials, as well as covering basic and applied research, development of methods and instruments in connection with the protection of our environment. The department also played a significant role in the introduction of and further development of the telluric – and later the magnetotelluric – method to Hungary for application in hydrocarbon research. The department is also widely known for its results in developing in underground geophysical methods – particularly coal seam sounding – and in planning and constructing instruments used in coal and bauxite mining. The current focus of research is on methods for the efficient extraction of geological information hidden in measured data, researching and developing methods for inversion and tomographical, geostatistical, and geophysical data processing. Part of this research takes place within the MTA-ME Earth Science and Engineering Research Group.

Industrial and university partnerships

The major professional connections of the institute are with the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, the European Geophysical Society, Deutschen Geophysikalischen Gesellschaft, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, AGH University of Science and Technology (Krakow), the MTA Scientific Committee on Geophysics, the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary, MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company, International Society for Mine Surveying, and the MTA Scientific Committee on Geodesy.

Institute of Environmental Management

The institute teaches subjects in hydrogeology, geotechnical and engineering geology, and environmental engineering in practically every BSc and MSc program, and also leads the geoenvironmental engineering specialization in the Environmental Engineering BSc program as well as in the Hydrogeology Engineering and Environmental Engineering MSc programs. The institute is proud to offer two postgraduate specialist training programs, in Hydrogeology and in Thermal Waters Management.

Director of Institute: Dr. Tamás MADARÁSZ, Associate Professor
Department of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Head of Dept.: Dr. Péter SZŰCS, Professor
Department of Environmental Engineering, Head of Dept.: Dr. Tamás MADARÁSZ, Associate Professor

Address: H-3515 Miskolc-Campus, University of Miskolc Institute of Environmental Management
Telephone: +36-46-565-072
E-mail: hgedit@uni-miskolc.hu

Websites:
Hidrogeológiai – Mérnökgeológiai Intézeti Tanszék

Research

The most important research topics within the area of hydrogeology are: water exploration and acquisition, water protection planning; hydrology and hydrography; investigating characteristics of hydraulic fracturing; protection of water resources; karst hydrogeology; and hydrodynamics and transport modeling. Within the area of engineering geology, important topics for research are: engineering geology preliminary investigations for engineering works; researching dynamic geological processes; slope stability investigations; laboratory investigations in soil mechanics; civil engineering mapping; landfills; and in general, the geotechnics of environmental protection. The environmental management activities of the institute cover management for sustainable water supply; protection of vulnerable water resources; waste management, conservation of nature; protection of water quality; and problems related to the remediation of contaminated sites. The institute has been running the Bükk Karstic Water Monitoring System for more than twenty years. Implementing the KÚTFŐ project (developing international research potential related to groundwater) is of special importance; this project will involve essentially all Hungarian hydrogeological researchers in a joint investigation of the groundwater supply of the Northern Hungary region.

Industrial and university partnerships

A multilayered network of professional relationships has developed over the years in order to carry out practical and applied research tasks. Of these connections, the most important are: water conservancy directorates; inspectorates for environmental protection, natural protection and water management; water companies; PannErgy; Mecsekérc Environmental Protection Ltd.; Nitrokémia Ltd.; Tatai Environmental Protection Ltd.; Golder Associates (Hungary) Ltd.; and Michelin Hungária Ltd.

Institute of Petroleum and Natural gas

The University of Miskolc is the only educational institution in Hungary that offers a program in oil and gas engineering. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Institute is involved in programs at all levels of higher education; it is responsible for the oil and gas engineering specialization in the BSc program in Earth Science and Engineering; for the MSc program in Petroleum Engineering; and for the MS in Petroleum Engineering taught in English. For those who graduated from a different program or specialization, opportunities for further training are offered in postgraduate specialist training programs in Natural Gas Supply, Geothermal Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Drilling Engineering, as well as the Well Control Training School. Courses are taught by highly qualified experts using their practical experience in the field. The institute is responsible for the research topic of Fluid production and transport systems in the Mikoviny Sámuel Doctoral School of Earth Sciences.

Director of Institute: Dr. Zoltán TURZÓ, Associate Professor
Department of Petroleum Engineering, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. Zoltán TURZÓ, Associate Professor
Department of Natural Gas Engineering, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. István SZUNYOG, Associate Professor
Research Institute of Applied Earth Sciences in partnership with the Institute

Address: H-3515 Miskolc-Campus, University of Miskolc Institute of Petroleum and Natural gas
Telephone: +36-46-565-078
E-mail: gastitkar@kfgi.uni-miskolc.hu

Websites:
Institute of Petroleum and Natural gas
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Department of Natural Gas Engineering
Research Institute of Applied Earth Sciences

Research

The institute’s areas of research are primarily related to the oil, natural gas and renewable energy branches of industry: oil and gas production technology; multi-phase flow in oil and gas wells; rheology; design of oil pipelines; reservoir mechanics; measurement of special petrophysical properties; estimation of hydrocarbon supplies; well tests; enhanced recovery; drilling technology; well completion design; and blow-out prevention. Research projects are also in progress dealing with integrated hydrocarbon transport and storage systems, natural gas distribution and user systems; combined utilization of natural gas and renewable thermal energy; biogases; geothermal energy production and supply systems; and hydrocarbon storage. The institute particularly focuses on investigating current technological issues of geothermal energy, biogases, renewable gases, and carbon dioxide transport and storage. The research laboratory environment is very good, thanks to the Research Institute of Applied Earth Sciences, among others. Mainly reservoir mechanics and petrophysics measurements and research are conducted in the labs.

Industrial and university partnerships

The Institute of Petroleum and Natural Gas has established strong professional and research connections that go back for decades. The most important are with: MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company; FGSZ Ltd.; Rotary Drilling Ltd.; TIGÁZ Ltd.; TIGÁZ-DSO Natural Gas Distribution Ltd.; and TXM Exploration and Production LLC.

Institute of Raw Material Preparation and Environmental Processing

The Institute leads own programs and/or specializations at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and provide a significant number of subjects for other programs. The Institute is in charge of the specialization of Raw material processing in the Earth Science and Engineering BSc program and the Environmental Processing in the Environmental Engineering BSc program. In Master’s studies, the Institute is in charge of the Preparation Engineering program, and the Environmental Technology module in the Environmental Engineering program. Within the Doctoral School of Earth Sciences, four main topic groups are involved: mechanical processing, raw material and waste preparation, environmental processing, and geotechnics for environmental protection. The Institute participates in the European Geotechnical and Environmental and the European Mineral Engineering Courses of the Federation of European Mineral Programs, providing MSc subjects taught in English.

Director of Institute: Dr. Imre GOMBKÖTŐ, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Processing, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. József FAITLI, Associate Professor
Department of Bioprocessing and Reaction Techniques, Head of Dep’t.: Dr. Ljudmilla BOKÁNYI, Associate Professor

Address: H-3515 Miskolc-Campus, University of Miskolc Institute of Raw Material Preparation and Environmental Processing
Telephone/Fax: (36-46) 565-054
E-mail: ejttimar@uni-miskolc.hu

Websites:
Institute of Raw Material Preparation and Environmental Processing

Research

The research tasks carried out in the Institute are focused upon processing technologies – mechanical processing, as well as biological, chemical and thermal processing, of primary mineral raw materials and wastes. An important area is the environmental processing, decontamination of air, treatment of waste water and soil. Institute’s activities are acknowledged domestically and internationally. The laboratories of the Institute enlist the following units: Comminution-classification-agglomeration; Raw material and waste processing (gravity separation, flotation, magnetic-electric and optical separation); Nano-processing; Bioprocessing and Reaction Techniques; Wastewater technology; Powder technology and multi-phase flow, Aggregates and Process Control labs.

Industrial and university partnerships

The companies and educational institutions that work in close cooperation with the institute are: Omya Hungary Ltd.; AVE Miskolc Environmental Protection and Waste Management Ltd.; Perlit-92 Mining Ltd.; Vertikál Civil Engineering and Communal Service Ltd.; ALCUFER Industrial and Commercial Ltd.; Universität Paderborn; Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg; Montanuniversität Leoben; and Technische Universität Berlin.