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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July 26, 2017

The emergence of new technologies requires conditions tailored to specific industrial sectors. Social scientists at Eawag have developed a conceptual framework describing the relevant innovation drivers. This should make it possible to identify factors hindering innovation and to design industry‑specific support programmes.  Read more

Scientific publications

Pomati, F.; Jokela, J.; Castiglioni, S.; Thomas, M. K.; Nizzetto, L. (2017) Water-borne pharmaceuticals reduce phenotypic diversity and response capacity of natural phytoplankton communities, PLoS One, 12(3), e0174207 (18 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174207, Institutional Repository
Odzak, N.; Kistler, D.; Sigg, L. (2017) Influence of daylight on the fate of silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles in natural aquatic environments, Environmental Pollution, 226, 1-11, doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2017.04.006, Institutional Repository
Drieschner, C.; Minghetti, M.; Wu, S.; Renaud, P.; Schirmer, K. (2017) Ultrathin alumina membranes as scaffold for epithelial cell culture from the intestine of rainbow trout, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(11), 9496-9505, doi:10.1021/acsami.7b00705, Institutional Repository
Yue, Y.; Li, X.; Sigg, L.; Suter, M. J. F.; Pillai, S.; Behra, R.; Schirmer, K. (2017) Interaction of silver nanoparticles with algae and fish cells: a side by side comparison, Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 15, 16 (11 pp.), doi:10.1186/s12951-017-0254-9, Institutional Repository
Mottaz, H.; Schönenberger, R.; Fischer, S.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Schirmer, K.; Groh, K. J. (2017) Dose-dependent effects of morphine on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation, and involvement of multixenobiotic resistance (MXR) transporters in LPS efflux in teleost fish, Environmental Pollution, 221, 105-115, doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2016.11.046, 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