Department Environmental Chemistry

On the trail of pollutants

Our research team studies the presence, distribution and fate of organic pollutants in the aquatic environment. The focus of our research is on substance flux from urban areas and from agriculture, and the main tools that we use for this work are trace analysis, field and laboratory studies and modelling.

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Latest publications

Open Science for Identifying “Known Unknown” Chemicals, Emma L. Schymanski and Antony J. Williams, Environmental Science & Technology

Environmental photochemistry of fenamate NSAIDs and their radical intermediates, Caroline A. Davis, Paul R. Erickson, Kristopher McNeill, Elisabeth M.L. Janssen, Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts

Exploring micropollutant biotransformation in three freshwater phytoplankton species, Michael Stravs, Francesco Pomati, Juliane Hollender, Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts

Critical Assessment of Small Molecule Identification 2016: automated methods, Emma L. Schymanski, Christoph Ruttkies, Martin Krauss, Céline Brouard, Tobias Kind, Kai Dührkop, Felicity Allen, Arpana Vaniya, Dries Verdegem, Sebastian Böcker, Juho Rousu, Huibin Shen, Hiroshi Tsugawa, Tanvir Sajed, Oliver Fiehn, Bart Ghesquière and Steffen Neumann, Journal of Cheminformatics

Can integrative catchment management mitigate future water quality issues caused by climate change and socio-economic development? Mark Honti, Nele Schuwirth, Jörg Rieckermann and Christian Stamm, EGU 

Nontargeted homologue series extraction from hyphenated high resolution mass spectrometry data, Martin Loos and Heinz Singer, Journal of Cheminformatics


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June 1, 2017

Micropollutants enter rivers and streams in effluents discharged from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). As well as having adverse impacts on individual species, these substances appear to alter aquatic ecosystem functions, such as litter decomposition. This was shown by a research project launched by Eawag in view of the planned upgrade of selected Swiss WWTPs to reduce micropollutant loads. The effects of the first upgrades are already evident.  Read more

Featured Cover Article on how anti-inflammatory drugs and their reactive products can be degraded in water by sunlight. [...]

Selected and representative research projects

Demonstration of promising technologies to address emerging pollutants in water and wastewater.
In Zusammenarbeit mit Bund und Kantonen untersucht NAWA SPEZ II mit einem umfassenden Screening, wie stark kleine Fliessgewässern in landwirtschaftlichen Einzugsgebieten mit Pestiziden belastet sind.
Predicting environment-specific biotransformation of chemical contaminants
Computergestützte Detektion von Mikroschadstoffen in Oberflächengewässern mittels hochauflösender Massenspektrometrie