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Michael Berg

Michael Berg

Senior Scientist
+41 58 765 5078 (Phone)
+41 58 765 5802 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

  • Occurrence, fate and behavior of organic and inorganic contaminants in groundwater and sediments
  • Arsenic contamination of drinking water resources
  • Low-cost systems for drinking water treatment
  • Surface water and drinking water pollution
  • Chemical, physical and biological processes determining the environmental fate of organic chemicals
  • Analytical techniques for individual compound determinations of organic pollutants in natural waters and soil
  • Capacity building in developing countries

Selected Current and Recent Projects

  • Hydrogeochemical studies on groundwater arsenic contamination in Cambodia, China, Sumatra and Vietnam (ESTNV, REMARC)
  • Geostatistical modeling of geogenic groundwater contamination (WRQ)
  • Geogenic elements, in groundwater and soils in the European Union (AquaTRAIN)
  • Carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen isotope analysis to improve the assessment of aquifer contaminants
  • Water Quality and Pollution Dynamics in Rivers of the Dry North and Wet South of China (Hai He river system, and Yangtze) (WAPORICH)
  • Isotopic fractionation during biotic and abiotic transformation of triazine herbicides and nitroaromatics (iSoil)

Anticipated and Planned Research Activities

  • Knowledge transfer and improvement of compound-specific stable isotope analysis in environmental applications
  • Geochemical processes underlying sharp contrasts in natural groundwater arsenic pollution in Vietnam
  • Geostatistical modeling of arsenic contamination in Asia
  • Biological processes involved in arsenic removal by household sand filters

Key Publications

  • Winkel L., Berg M., Amini M., Hug S.J., Johnson C.A. Predicting groundwater arsenic contamination in Southeast Asia from surface parameters. Nature Geoscience 2008, 536–542.
  • Berg M., Luzi S., Trang P.K.T., Viet P.H., Giger W., Stüben D. Arsenic Removal from Groundwater by Household Sand Filters: Comparative Field Study, Model Calculations, and Health Benefits. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2006, 40, 5567–5573.
  • Berg M., Tran H.C., Nguyen T.C., Pham H.V., Schertenleib R., Giger W. Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater and Drinking Water in Vietnam: A Human Health Threat. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2001, 35, 2621–2626.
  • Berg M., Bolotin J., Hofstetter T.B. Compound-Specific Nitrogen and Carbon Isotope Analysis of Nitroaromatic Compounds in Aqueous Samples Using Solid-Phase Microextraction Coupled to GC/IRMS. Analytical Chemistry 2007, 79, 2386–2393.
  • Zwank L., Berg M., Elsner M., Schmidt T.C., Schwarzenbach R.P., Haderlein S.B. New Evaluation Scheme for Two-Dimensional Isotope Analysis to Decipher Biodegradation Processes: Application to Groundwater Contamination by MTBE. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2005, 39, 1018–1029.
  • Schmidt T.C., Zwank L., Elsner M., Berg M., Meckenstock R.U., Haderlein S.B. Compound-specific Stable Isotope Analysis of Organic Contaminants in Natural Environments: Critical Review of the State of the Art, Prospects, and Future Challenges. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2004, 378, 283–300.

Michael Berg's Eawag Publications

27 May 2015
Eawag Kastanienbaum
29 May 2015
Eawag Dübendorf
4 June 2015
Eawag Dübendorf