Pollutants

Ways to reduce pollution

Thousands of chemical substances end up in the aquatic environment, either by direct or indirect means. Some of these chemicals – hormones for example – have an effect on aquatic organisms, with far-reaching consequences. The water treatment plants cannot remove all of the pollutants from the wastewater. Eawag researches amongst other issues how supplementary measures in water treatment plants  affect biodiversity.

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March 23, 2017

On 22 March 2017 the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) awarded NEST a prize as part of its "Umsicht – Regards – Sguardi 2017" awards. The modular research and innovation building created by Empa and Eawag was acknowledged as providing a major contribution to the future design of Switzerland's living space. Read more

Scientific publications

Wohlgemuth,G.; Mehta,S.S.; Mejia,R.F.; Neumann,S.; Pedrosa,D.; Pluskal,T.; Schymanski,E.L.; Willighagen,E.L.; Wilson,M.; Wishart,D.S.; Arita,M.; Dorrestein,P.C.; Bandeira,N.; Wang,M.; Schulze,T.; Salek,R.M.; Steinbeck,C.; Nainala,V.C.; Mistrik,R.; Nishioka,T.; Fiehn,O. (2016) SPLASH, a hashed identifier for mass spectra, Nature Biotechnology, 34(11), 1099-1101, doi:10.1038/nbt.3689, Institutional Repository
Leresche,F.; von Gunten,U.; Canonica,S. (2016) Probing the photosensitizing and inhibitory effects of dissolved organic matter by using N,N‑dimethyl-4-cyanoaniline (DMABN), Environmental Science and Technology, 50(20), 10997-11007, doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b02868, Institutional Repository
Munz,N.A.; Burdon,F.J.; de Zwart,D.; Junghans,M.; Melo,L.; Reyes,M.Schönenberger,U.; Singer,H.P.; Spycher,B.; Hollender,J.; Stamm,C. (2016) Pesticides drive risk of micropollutants in wastewater-impacted streams during low flow conditions, Water Research, 34 pp., doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.11.001, Institutional Repository
Kirla,K.T.; Groh,K.J.; Steuer,A.E.; Poetzsch,M.; Banote,R.K.; Stadnicka-Michalak,J.Eggen,R.I.L.; Schirmer,K.; Kraemer,T. (2016) Zebrafish larvae are insensitive to stimulation by cocaine: importance of exposure route and toxicokinetics, Toxicological Sciences, 154(1), 183-193, doi:10.5167/uzh-126276, Institutional Repository
Yue,Yang; Behra,R.; Sigg,L.; Schirmer,K. (2016) Silver nanoparticles inhibit fish gill cell proliferation in protein-free culture medium, Nanotoxicology, 10(8), 1075-1083, doi:10.3109/17435390.2016.1172677, Institutional Repository
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Publications for practitioners

  • FAQs on agricultural pesticides in rivers, lakes and groundwater [pdf available in German and French]
  • Ecotoxicological assessment of pesticide concentrations in surface waters: What’s the difference between monitoring values (EQS) and authorisation values (RAC)? [pdf, available in German and French]


Selected research projects

EcoImpact is an Eawag-wide interdisciplinary research effort, strongly motivated by the planned modifications of the Swiss wastewater treatment plants.

Experts

Dr. Renata Behra
  • algae
  • nanoparticles
Dr. Carmen Casado
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • ecotoxicology
  • sediments
Dr. Nathalie Dubois
  • chromatography
  • isotopes
  • surface water
  • sediments
  • biomarker
Prof. Dr. Rik Eggen
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • surface water
Dr. Benoit Ferrari
  • micropollutants
  • ecotoxicology
Dr. Marion Junghans
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • ecotoxicology
Dr. Ralf Kägi
  • nanoparticles
Dr. Robert Kase
  • micropollutants
  • ecotoxicology
Dr. Cornelia Kienle
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • ecology
  • ecotoxicology
Prof. Dr. Kristin Schirmer
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • molecular ecotoxicology
  • nanoparticles
  • ecotoxicology
  • cellular ecotoxicology
Dr. Martin Schmid
  • modeling
  • surface water
  • hydropower
Dr. Etienne Vermeirssen
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • ecotoxicology
  • sediments
Dr. Inge Werner
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • molecular ecotoxicology
  • ecotoxicology