Ryszard Lobinski graduated as an engineer from the Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska) in 1986, from which he also obtained later his PhD (1989) and DSc (habilitation) (1994) degrees. He held postdoctoral positions at the Institute of Spectroscopy and Applied Spectrometry (ISAS) in Dortmund (1990) and at the University of Antwerp (U.I.A) (1991–1994) before joining CNRS in 1994 at the University of Bordeaux. R. Lobinski was awarded in 1999 the professor’s title in Poland and is associate professor at the Warsaw University of Technology (Warsaw). He was visiting professor at GKSS (Geesthacht, Germany) and at Chuo University (Tokyo).
In the early nineties, Ryszard Lobinski was one of the pioneers of analytical methods based on the coupling of separation techniques with plasma source element specific detection for speciation analysis (the identification and the determination of chemical forms of elements in the environment and biological systems). He arrived at Pau in 1997 and built a group around his concept of multidimensional chromatography with parallel elemental (ICP MS) and molecular (electrospray MS) detection of metal species in-vivo starting the field of bioinorganic speciation analysis. These works, awarded by a CNRS Silver medal (Médaille d’argent CNRS) in 2006, allowed the emergence of a new research field, referred to as metallomics: global analytical chemistry probing of interactions and functional connections of metal ions and their species with genes, proteins, metabolites and other biomolecules in biological systems. R. Lobinski was one of the initiators and member of the first Editorial Board of the journal “Metallomics” (RSC Cambridge started in 2009), chaired the IUPAC task group formalizing the metallomics terminology and has been chairing the Steering Committee of the Biennial International Metallomics Symposium Series initiated in 2008. He was admitted fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (Cambridge) in 2007 and obtained a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Award in 2011. In 2005-2009 R. Lobinski was vice-President and President of the Analytical Chemistry Division of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
The academic record of R. Lobinski includes ca. 300 peer-reviewed articles in international journals, 3 books, 3 edited journal issues, and over 140 invited lectures at international meetings. He supervised 35 Ph.D. theses and is the co-founder (1999) of UltraTrace Analyses Aquitaine (UT2A) (a startup employing now 10 people) specialized in environmental trace metal and speciation analysis.