Staff

Heinz Singer

Heinz Singer

Senior scientist / group leader

Department Environmental Chemistry

About Me

My special research interest lies in the development of trace analytical methods for the detection and identification of emerging contaminants in natural waters. Environmental analysis demands sensitive and robust methods to enable a successful research on the occurrence and fate of contaminants in the water cycle. Environmental analytics is not only the door-opener for many research question but above all it is also my personal passion. My research covers the following topics in analytical and environmental chemistry. More details on my research interests can be found in an interview with Rich Whitworth published in The Analytical Scientist, issue 1215.

Analytical Chemistry:

  • Target, suspect and non-target screening of organic contaminants in natural waters by liquid chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry
  • Development of software workflows for the mining of high resolution mass spectrometry data
  • Hyphenation of gas and liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry (Orbitrap, ToF, TripleQuad instruments) and/or ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) using available atmospheric pressure interfaces (ESI, APCI, APPI, APGC) 
  • Advancement of existing active and passive sampling techniques for surface waters
  • Online coupling of sample preparation with LCMS detection for high-throughput measurements of field study samples

Environmental Chemistry:

  • Localization of sources and input pathways of chemicals discharged into surface water by households, agriculture and industry
  • Determination of the occurrence, fate and behavior of emerging contaminants in natural water systems

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Projects

The pollution of our water bodies with organic trace substances presents a challenge for water protection...
The screening of aquatic systems for known and unknown polar and semi-polar organic micropollutants relies heavily on analytical chemistry, foremost high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) coupled to liquid chromatography (LC)....
The river Rhine and its tributaries are a source of drinking water for more than 20 million people. At the same time treated waste water from numerous industrial sites and from the 54 million people living in the catchment area ends up in the rivers...

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected publications

Singer, H. P.; Wössner, A. E.; McArdell, C. S.; Fenner, K. (2016) Rapid screening for exposure to "non-target" pharmaceuticals from wastewater effluents by combining HRMS-based suspect screening and exposure modeling, Environmental Science and Technology, 50(13), 6698-6707, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b03332, Institutional Repository
Ruff, M.; Mueller, M. S.; Loos, M.; Singer, H. P. (2015) Quantitative target and systematic non-target analysis of polar organic micro-pollutants along the river Rhine using high-resolution mass-spectrometry - identification of unknown sources and compounds, Water Research, 87, 145-154, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2015.09.017, Institutional Repository
Loos, M.; Gerber, C.; Corona, F.; Hollender, J.; Singer, H. (2015) Accelerated isotope fine structure calculation using pruned transition trees, Analytical Chemistry, 87(11), 5738-5744, doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b00941, Institutional Repository
Moschet, C.; Piazzoli, A.; Singer, H.; Hollender, J. (2013) Alleviating the reference standard dilemma using a systematic exact mass suspect screening approach with liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, 85(21), 10312-10320, doi:10.1021/ac4021598, Institutional Repository
Heeb, F.; Singer, H.; Pernet-Coudrier, B.; Qi, W.; Liu, H.; Longrée, P.; Müller, B.; Berg, M. (2012) Organic micropollutants in rivers downstream of the megacity Beijing: sources and mass fluxes in a large-scale wastewater irrigation system, Environmental Science and Technology, 46(16), 8680-8688, doi:10.1021/es301912q, Institutional Repository
Singer, H.; Jaus, S.; Hanke, I.; Lück, A.; Hollender, J.; Alder, A. C. (2010) Determination of biocides and pesticides by on-line solid phase extraction coupled with mass spectrometry and their behaviour in wastewater and surface water, Environmental Pollution, 158(10), 3054-3064, doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2010.06.013, Institutional Repository
Hanke, I.; Singer, H.; Hollender, J. (2008) Ultratrace-level determination of glyphosate, aminomethylphosphonic acid and glufosinate in natural waters by solid-phase extraction followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry: performance tuning of derivatization, enrichment and detection, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 391(6), 2265-2276, doi:10.1007/s00216-008-2134-5, Institutional Repository
Singer, H.; Müller, S.; Tixier, C.; Pillonel, L. (2002) Triclosan: occurrence and fate of a widely used biocide in the aquatic environment: field measurements in wastewater treatment plants, surface waters, and lake sediments, Environmental Science and Technology, 36(23), 4998-5004, doi:10.1021/es025750i, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: heinz.singer@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5577
Fax: +41 58 765 5826
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: BU E16

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Research Group

see my group page Environmental Analytical Chemistry

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Research Focus

analytical chemistry

environmental chemistry

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