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

Gulde, R.; Anliker, S.; Kohler, H.-P. E.; Fenner, K. (2018) Ion trapping of amines in protozoa: a novel removal mechanism for micropollutants in activated sludge, Environmental Science and Technology, 52(1), 52-60, doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b03556, Institutional Repository
Ingold, K.; Moser, A.; Metz, F.; Herzog, L.; Bader, H.-P.; Scheidegger, R.; Stamm, C. (2018) Misfit between physical affectedness and regulatory embeddedness: thecase of drinking water supply along the Rhine River, Global Environmental Change, 48, 136-150, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.11.006, Institutional Repository
Bourgin, M.; Beck, B.; Boehler, M.; Borowska, E.; Fleiner, J.; Salhi, E.; Teichler, R.; von Gunten, U.; Siegrist, H.; McArdell, C. S. (2018) Evaluation of a full-scale wastewater treatment plant upgraded with ozonation and biological post-treatments: abatement of micropollutants, formation of transformation products and oxidation by-products, Water Research, 129, 486-498, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2017.10.036, Institutional Repository
Spahr, S.; von Gunten, U.; Hofstetter, T. B. (2017) Carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen isotope fractionation trends in N-nitrosodimethylamine reflect the formation pathway during chloramination of tertiary amines, Environmental Science and Technology, 51(22), 13170-13179, doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b03919, Institutional Repository

Open position at Uchem


Best paper in 2017 ES&T
The paper “Nontarget Screening with High Resolution Mass Spectrometry in the Environment: Ready to Go?” by Juliane Hollender, Emma L. Schymanski, Heinz P. Singer, and P. Lee Ferguson. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2017, 51 (20), 11505–11512. was awarded as one of the ES&T’s Best Papers of 2017. It was ranked as second runner-up in the category Features.

Award for Peer-Review Contributions to ESPI

Elisabeth Janssen was recognized among the top 10 Outstanding Reviewers for Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts (ESPI) in 2017. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed. [more info]

Selected and representative research projects

Demonstration of promising technologies to address emerging pollutants in water and wastewater.
Comprehensive monitoring of organic trace substances in surface waters is time-consuming and costly. The NAWA SPEZ project delivers data and analyses on the status of water pollution.
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)....