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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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

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
Prof. Dr. Juliane Hollender
  • wastewater
  • biological degradation
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