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

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

Statistical approaches for LC-HRMS data to characterize, prioritize, and identify transformation products from water treatment processes, ACS Symposium Series 

Caractérisation saisonnière des eaux de puits à usage maraîchère et domestique de Korhogo (Côte d’Ivoire), Rachelle Ida Yapo, Véronique Mambo, Alfredo Carlos Alder, Marie Jeanne Ohou-Yao, Raymond Ligban, Daouda Dao, Christian Stamm, Bassirou Bonfoh, International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciennces

SPLASH, a hashed identifier for mass spectra, nature biotechnology, nature biotechnology 

Vom Unfall zur präventiven Überwachung - Rheinüberwachungsstation (RÜS) - Aqua&Gas no. 11/2016

Unravelling the Impacts of Micropollutants in Aquatic Ecosystems: Interdisciplinary Studies at the Interface of Large-Scale Ecology, C. Stamm, ,  K. Räsänen, F.J. Burdon, F. Altermatt, J. Jokela, A. Joss, M. Ackermann, R.I.L. Eggen, ELSEVIER


Persistently high pesticide levels found in small streams

Interview with Christian Stamm in 10vor10

Small watercourses are contaminated with large numbers of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. A study commissioned by the Federal Office for the Environment and published today shows that the legal requirements specified for water quality are not met in any of the five Swiss streams investigated [more Info]

The Cross-Disciplinary Conference on stable Isotope Sciences

Get new insights for the use stable isotope tools from the most recent advances in analytical instrumentation and the fundamental un-derstanding of isotope effects.

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