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

Hollender, J.; Schymanski, E. L.; Singer, H. P.; Ferguson, P. L. (2017) Nontarget screening with high resolution mass spectrometry in the environment: ready to go?, Environmental Science and Technology, 51(20), 11505-11512, doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b02184, Institutional Repository
Chiaia-Hernandez, A. C.; Keller, A.; Wächter, D.; Steinlin, C.; Camenzuli, L.; Hollender, J.; Krauss, M. (2017) Long-term persistence of pesticides and TPs in archived agricultural soil samples and comparison with pesticide application, Environmental Science and Technology, xx, doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b02529, Institutional Repository
Schollée, J. E.; Schymanski, E. L.; Stravs, M. A.; Gulde, R.; Thomaidis, N. S.; Hollender, J. (2017) Similarity of high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry spectra of structurally related micropollutants and transformation products, Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, xx, doi:10.1007/s13361-017-1797-6, Institutional Repository
Salo, T.; Stamm, C.; Burdon, F. J.; Räsänen, K.; Seppälä, O. (2017) Resilience to heat waves in the aquatic snail Lymnaea stagnalis: additive and interactive effects with micropollutants, Freshwater Biology, xx, doi:10.1111/fwb.12999, Institutional Repository
Tang, T.; Stamm, C.; van Griensven, A.; Seuntjens, P.; Bronders, J. (2017) Hysteresis and parent-metabolite analyses unravel characteristic pesticide transport mechanisms in a mixed land use catchment, Water Research, 124, 663-672, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2017.08.016, Institutional Repository


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October 12, 2017

According to a study funded by the Federal Office for the Environment, pesticides or transformation products can persist in soils for a decade or more. In the study, Eawag and Agroscope scientists analysed topsoil samples collected from 14 agricultural sites between 1995 and 2008 as part of the Swiss Soil Monitoring Network programme.  Read more

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

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Selected and representative research projects

Demonstration of promising technologies to address emerging pollutants in water and wastewater.
The pollution of our water bodies with organic trace substances presents a challenge for water protection...
Predicting environment-specific biotransformation of chemical contaminants
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)....