Marcin Krasnodębski, PhD

18.11.2020 | 08.12.2023

Assistant Professor

History of Natural and Medical Sciences Research Unit

Phone: +48 22 65 72 748


ORCID: 0000-0001-6551-3374


Research interests

My research interests combine history and sociology of science, technology, and environment. My main research fields is the history of chemistry and the chemical industry in the 20th century, especially in the context of sustainability. I am also interested in the history of science-industry relations and the European science policy after World War II. In my previous research projects I worked on such topics as the history of photonics, the history of industrial forestry, and modern creationism. My other research interests include epistemology and historiography of sciences.

Education, academic degrees and titles

  • 2013–2016 PhD at the University of Bordeaux in the group SPH (Sciences, Philosophie, Humanités). Dissertation title: “L’Institut du Pin et la chimie des résines en Aquitaine (1900–1970)”. Directors: Pascal Duris, Jérôme Pierrel
  • 2012–2013 Double diploma: 1) MA in epistemology and scientific mediation at the University of Strasbourg and 2) MA in STS (Science and Technology Studies) at the University of Maastricht (ESST programme)
  • 2007–2012 MA degree in Law at the University of Warsaw


  • 2020– Institute for the History of Science (Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • 2019–2020 Postdoc at the Paris Saclay University
  • 2018–2019 Postdoc at IRSTEA (Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l’environnement et l’agriculture)
  • 2017–2018 Postdoc at the University of Bordeaux

Participation in national and international research projects

  • 2020–2023 “Green Chemistry avant la lettre” financed by the National Science Centre (project leader)

Scholarships and prizes

  • 2019 PhD Dissertation Prize awarded by the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (
  • 2017 Proxime accessit for the best PhD dissertation awarded by the Société française d’histoire des sciences et des techniques
  • 2015 Doan Fellow scholarship in Chemical Heritage Foundation (today Science History Institute) in Philadelphia
  • 2010 One year Erasmus scholarship (Poitiers University)

Selected publications

PhD dissertation and monographs

  • Green Chemistry: A Brief Historical Critique, Peter Lang, Berlin 2022 (300 pp.).
  • Le Centre de Recherches d’Aubervilliers : une histoire de chimie industrielle française, research report (362 pages), unpublished, available upon request with the prior approval of Solvay.
  • L’Institut du Pin et la chimie des résines en Aquitaine (1900–1970), PhD dissertation (617 pages) defended on 18 November 2016. Available at:

Chapters in edited volumes

  • Âge d’or ou crise : la chimie des résines en Aquitaine dans l’entre-deux-guerres, [in:] Entre reconstruction et mutations : Les industries de la chimie entre les deux guerres, ed. Gérard Emptoz, Danielle Fauque, Jacques Breysse, EDP Sciences, Les Ulis 2018, p. 359–390.
  • Science, Law and… Pines: The French perspective on the co-production and standardization of turpentine, [in:] European Academy for Standardization Proceedings 2015: The Role of Standards in Transatlantic Trade and Regulations, ed. Karl Jakobs, Euras Publishing, Aachen 2015, p. 217–233.


  • The Bumpy Road to Sustainability: Reassessing the History of the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry, “Studies in History and Philosophy of Science”, 2024 (accepted).
  • Beyond green chemistry: Radical environmental transformation through Sanfte Chemie (1985–1995), “History of Science”, 2023, online first.
  • An unlikely bifurcation: history of sustainable (but not Green) chemistry, “Foundations of Chemistry”, 2023, online first.
  • B. Hautdidier, V. Banos, M. Krasnodębski, Z. Ginter, L. Couderchet, N. Lemoigne, & C. Kull, Au-delà du face-à-face entre une forêt industrialisée et ses « marges sauvages » : dynamiques d’innovation et processus de requalification des espaces forestiers en Aquitaine. “Pour. La revue du Groupe Ruralités, Éducation et Politiques”, 2023, n. 246, p. 55-62.
  • Ideologiczne, polityczne i filozoficzne podstawy polityki naukowej i przemysłowej niemieckiej partii Zielonych w latach 80. i 90.: przypadek „miękkiej chemii” (sanfte Chemie) [Ideological, Political, and Philosophical Foundations of Science and Industrial Policy of the German Green Party in the 1980 and 1990: the Case of “Soft Chemistry” (Sanfte Chemie)]. “Studia Historiae Scientiarum”, 2023, 22.
  • Reinventing the wheel: A critical look at one-world and circular chemistries, “Studies in History and Philosophy of Science”, 2022, 96, p. 112-120.
  • Lost Green Chemistries: History of Forgotten Environmental Trajectories, “Centaurus”, 2022, 64(2), p. 509-536.
  • Rethinking Research in the Chemical Industry: Organizational History of Centre de Recherches d’Aubervilliers (1953‒2020), “Studia Historiae Scientiarum”, 2022, 21, p. 703–737
  • Krótka historia kodyfikacji na rzecz chemii przyjaznej środowisku naturalnemu [Short history of codifications for environmentally-friendly chemistry], „Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki” [Quarterly Journal of the History of Science and Technology], 2022, 67(2), s. 33–64.
  • The Social Construction of Pine Forest Wastes in Southwestern France During the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, „Environment and History”, 2022, 28(1), p. 155–183.
  • Upscaling Forest Waste: The French Quest for Fuel Autarky after World War I, “Technology and Culture”, 2021, 62(1), s. 105–127.
  • The meandering life of a research trajectory: Rare earths in the Aubervilliers Research Centre (1953—2020), „Ambix” 2021, 68(4), p. 385–406.
  • Challenging the Pine: Epistemic Underpinnings of Techno-Environmental Inertia, “Journal for the History of Environment and Society” 2019, t. 4, p. 41–69.
  • Les mutations identitaires d’un institut de recherche face aux évolutions des politiques scientifiques en France : le cas de l’Institut d’Optique (1917–2017), “Les Cahiers d’histoire du Cnam” 2019, t. 2, p. 119–145.
  • Between Forest and Laboratory: Knowledge Circulation between French and American Naval Stores Chemistry (1900–1970), “Agricultural History” 2018, 92(4), p. 541–568.
  • Throwing Light on Photonics: Genealogy of a technological paradigm, “Centaurus” 2018, 60(1–2), p. 3–24.
  • Beyond Private and Public Research: The Legal and Organizational Reality Behind Industrial Research Institutes in Interwar France, “Minerva” 2018, 56(3), p. 333–355.
  • Benjamin Le Roux, Marcin Krasnodębski, Pierre Duhem’s use of the return to the sources as a justification tool, “Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science” 2017, t. 3, p. 37–50.
  • Can Science Feed on a Crisis? Expectations, the Pine Institute and the Decline of the French Resin Industry, “Science in Contex” 2017, 30(1), p. 61–87.
  • From distillation to standardization: a French perspective on shaping of turpentine spirit (1909–1976), “Ambix” 2016, 63(4), p. 326–346.
  • Constructing creationists: French and British narratives and policies in the wake of the resurgence of anti-evolution movements, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences” 2014, t. 47, p. 35–44.
  • Zakon Kawalerów Maltańskich: Perspektywa historyczno-prawna, “Przegląd Prawniczy Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego” 2009, t. 3, p. 3–15.

Popular science articles

  • Wielka sprawa w Little Rock: czy kreacjonizm to nauka?, “TVP Nauka”, 5 December 2023
  • Desertron: Największy akcelerator cząstek, który nigdy nie powstał, “TVP Nauka”, 29 November 2022.
  • Pożar na rzece Cuyahoga. Początki ruchów na rzecz ochrony środowiska, “TVP Nauka”, 20 December 2022.
  • Dyplomacja naukowa w służbie ludzkości. Jak narodził się CERN?, “TVP Nauka”, 24 December 2022.
  • Ludwik Pasteur a spór, który wstrząsnął XIX-wieczną Francją, “TVP Nauka”, 27 December 2022.
  • Tomasz Kuhn: Czy postęp nauki odbywa się na drodze rewolucji?, “TVP Nauka”, 6 March 2023.
  • Niezauważona rewolucja: Urodziny zielonej chemii, “TVP Nauka”, 29 March 2023.
  • Choroba z Minamaty: kulisy japońskiej katastrofy ekologicznej z lat 50. i 60., “TVP Nauka”, 7 June 2023.
  • Bomba, Kolos i Enigma: Szyfranci u źródeł pierwszych komputerów, “TVP Nauka”, 8 August 2023.
  • Operacja Paperclip: jak nazistowscy naukowcy położyli podwaliny pod sukcesy NASA?, “TVP Nauka”, 20 July 2023.
  • Sir Alexander Fleming – Geniusz z przypadku, “TVP Nauka”, 16 June 2023.
  • Laser Mégajoule: Największy laser Europy w służbie badań nad fuzją jądrową, “TVP Nauka”, 20 August 2023.
  • Chemiurgia: zapomniana nauka o odnawialności, “TVP Nauka”, 13 September 2023.
  • Enrico Fermi – Geniusz i Wygnaniec, “TVP Nauka”, 29 September 2023.
  • Piotr Słonimski – polsko-francuski pionier genetyki, Instytut de Republica, 2022 [only in Polish] (
  • Emil Meyerson – the forgotten giant of the philosophy of science, Instytut de Republica, 2021 (
  • Smart society: a winding road towards the future, “Fetfx” 2018.
  • Small wind turbines: a glimmer of hope for Poland’s wind energy sector?, “”, 2016.
  • (additional reporting) Clinical trials Eldorado based on quality, not cost, “Euroscientist” 2014.
  • Creating what we need from what we have—how innovation rescues traditional industries, “Euroscientist” 2014.
  • Marcin Krasnodębski, Bethany Eldridge, Europe lagging behind in open education: for how long, “Euroscientist”, 2013.
  • Big Data – a silent revolution?, “Euroscientist” 2013.
  • When one size food rule does not fit all in Europe, “” 2013.
  • Energy security: Poland goes for nuclear power, in a backdrop of EU green energy policies, “Euroscientist” 2013.


  • Review: Research between Science, Society and Politics: The History and Scientific Development of Green Chemistry, “Ambix”, 2023, t. 70, n. 3, p. 333–335, DOI: 10.1080/00026980.2023.2222575
  • Post-conference report: Francesco Gerali, Marcin Krasnodębski, Saara Matala, and Dick van Lente, Forty-fourth Symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology: Science, Technology, and Medicine between the Global and the Local Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24–29 July 2017, “Technology and Culture”, 2018, 59(1), s. 152–158.
  • Short note on the local history in: Michel Arbez, Jean-Michel Carnus, and Antoine Kremer, Forêts d’hier et de demain. 50 ans de recherches en Aquitaine, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, Bordeaux 2017.
  • (co-author) The Implementation of European Standards and Guidelines For Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions, Eurashe, 2012.
  • (co-author) Guide to Caribbean Higher Education Institutions, Eurashe, 2012.

International conferences (selected)

  • “Les horizons perdus : une histoire de l’appauvrissement des discours « verts » en chimie. Le cas de la chimie douce (1983-1995) et de la chimie circulaire (2019-2023)”, Congrès de la Société Française d’Histoire des Sciences et Techniques, Bordeaux, 19–21 April 2023.
  • “From Goethe to Sustainability: Politics and Ideology of Sanfte Chemie”, 10th Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (ESHS), Brussels, 7–10 September 2022.
  • Presentation on the impact of short-term research contracts on the careers of young scholars in history of science and technology, Journées Jeunes Chercheurs de la SFHST, Paris, 26–27 November 2021.
  • “Restructuring for Profit and Progress: Organizational Change in Centre des Recherches d’Aubervilliers (1953–2020)”, 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Prague, 25–31 July 2021.
  • “Penser l’histoire de la politique de recherche en chimie industrielle : Centre de Recherches Aubervilliers (1953–2020)”, Congrès de la Société Française d’Histoire des Sciences et Techniques, Montpellier, 21–23 April 2021.
  • “The Phantom Menace of an Oil Crisis and the New Hope of Forest Fuels: the gasifier technology in the interwar France (1918–1939)”, ICOHTEC Annual Conference, Eindhoven (on-line), 15–17 July 2020.
  • “A Tale of Two Forests: Knowledge Circulation Patterns between French and American Naval Stores Chemistry 1900–1970”, Rural History international congress, Paris, 10–13 September 2019.
  • “Buzzword, Technology or Academic Discipline: An Introduction to the History of Photonics”, European Society for the History of Science Biennial Conference 2018, University College London, 14–17 September 2018.
  • Roundtable „Integrating History of Science and History of Technology”, History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, 9–12 November 2017.
  • “Re-centering or decline: the last days of pine resin research laboratories in France and in the United States”, 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro, 25–30 July 2017.
  • “From Ships to Rockets: Pine Institute and Resin Chemistry in Aquitaine (1900–1970)”, 2015 Introductory Symposium of the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Philadelphia, 10 September 2015.
  • “Âge d’or ou prélude d’une crise? Chimie des résines en Aquitaine 1918–1939”, Congrès de la Société Française d’Histoire des sciences et des techniques, Lyon, 30 April 2014.

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