Department Water Resources and Drinking Water

Water Resources & Drinking Water

Our research concentrates on physical and chemical processes in groundwater, surface water and drinking water. We conduct basic and applied research on water resources, water contaminants, and water treatment to contribute to sustainable water management from local to nationwide scales.

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January 10, 2017

Hanspeter Zöllig has been awarded the 2016 Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize for his dissertation entitled “Electrolysis for the Treatment of Stored Source-Separated Urine”, which examined how electrolysis can be employed to recover nitrogen from urine. The prize recognises excellent PhD theses and masters dissertations in the fields of water protection and hydrology. Read more


Heeb,M.B.; Kristiana,I.; Trogolo,D.; Arey,S.; von Gunten,U. (2017) Formation and reactivity of inorganic and organic chloramines and bromamines during oxidative water treatment, Water Research, 110, 91-101, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.11.065, Institutional Repository
Spahr,S.; Cirpka,O.A.; von Gunten,U.; Hofstetter,T.B. (2016) Formation of N-Nitrosodimethylamine during chloramination of secondary and tertiary amines: role of molecular oxygen and radical intermediates, Environmental Science and Technology, 51(1), 280-290, doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b04780, Institutional Repository
Lee,M.; Merle,T.; Rentsch,D.; Canonica,S.; von Gunten,U. (2017) Abatement of polychoro-1,3-butadienes in aqueous solution by ozone, UV photolysis, and advanced oxidation processes (O3/H2O2 and UV/H2O2), Environmental Science and Technology, 51(1), 497-505, doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b04506, Institutional Repository
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Research Projects

The project investigates what measures are most effective in influencing a river corridor so that river restoration and groundwater flow systems can help to mitigate the effects of floods and droughts.
This project facilitates the exchange of data, maps and information on geogenic contaminants (focussing on arsenic and fluoride) via the web-based Groundwater Assessment Platform (GAP)