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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News

December 1, 2023 –

A team of seven current and former Eawag researchers will receive the Swiss Chemical Society’s Sandmeyer Prize in 2024 for the development of advanced wastewater treatment for the degradation of micropollutants using ozone. And...

A team of seven current and former Eawag researchers will receive the Swiss Chemical Society’s Sandmeyer Prize in 2024 for the development of advanced wastewater treatment for the degradation of micropollutants using ozone. And the most amazing thing is: Just about 15 years have passed between basic research and large-scale technical implementation. This incredible timetable was only possible thanks to the wealth of knowledge already available at Eawag and the fact that interdisciplinary collaboration is a matter of course at the Swiss aquatic research institute.

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November 21, 2023 –

On ETH Day, Charlotte Bopp was honoured with the Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize for her dissertation. In January, she will also receive the ETH Medal for her work.

On ETH Day, Charlotte Bopp was honoured with the Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize for her dissertation. In January, she will also receive the ETH Medal for her work.

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October 19, 2023 –

The mandate for the “Water Quality” and “Process Engineering Micropollutants” platforms supported by Eawag, FOEN and VSA has been extended by an additional four years.

The mandate for the “Water Quality” and “Process Engineering Micropollutants” platforms supported by Eawag, FOEN and VSA has been extended by an additional four years.

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October 17, 2023 –

The guidelines of the WHO list only four substances produced by cyanobacteria. This is a small fraction of all the metabolites that can have ecotoxicological effects.

The guidelines of the WHO list only four substances produced by cyanobacteria. This is a small fraction of all the metabolites that can have ecotoxicological effects.

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Information for potential candidates SNF Ambizione / Starting grant Fellowship

The Environmental Chemistry Department is fortunate to have externally funded fellows contributing to our research and teaching environment. If you consider applying for an externally funded fellowship in our Department, please check your eligibility under www.snf.ch/en/funding/careers/Pages/default.aspx and contact a group leader whose research interests are close to yours. To ensure that incoming fellows fit our research environment and can be accommodated appropriately, and to do the necessary paperwork, sufficient time is required. If you want to apply for Ambizione/SNSF starting grant with Uchem as a host, please contact the Group Leader of your choice at least 3 months in advance of the submission deadline. Selected candidates will be invited to give a talk at our Department and discuss their research plans with us. Your formal expression of interest should come as a single PDF file including a complete CV, a motivation letter detailing why our Department is the right place for your research, an outline of the planned project (max. 2 pages), and the names and contact details of two references.

Latest publications

Raths, J.; Pinto, F. E.; Janfelt, C.; Hollender, J. (2023) Elucidating the spatial distribution of organic contaminants and their biotransformation products in amphipod tissue by MALDI- and DESI-MS-imaging, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 264, 115468 (10 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2023.115468, Institutional Repository
de Almeida Torres, M.; Jones, M. R.; vom Berg, C.; Pinto, E.; Janssen, E. M. -L. (2023) Lethal and sublethal effects towards zebrafish larvae of microcystins and other cyanopeptides produced by cyanobacteria, Aquatic Toxicology, 263, 106689 (11 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2023.106689, Institutional Repository
Hollender, J.; Schymanski, E. L.; Ahrens, L.; Alygizakis, N.; Béen, F.; Bijlsma, L.; Brunner, A. M.; Celma, A.; Fildier, A.; Fu, Q.; Gago-Ferrero, P.; Gil-Solsona, R.; Haglund, P.; Hansen, M.; Kaserzon, S.; Kruve, A.; Lamoree, M.; Margoum, C.; Meijer, J.; Merel, S.; Rauert, C.; Rostkowski, P.; Samanipour, S.; Schulze, B.; Schulze, T.; Singh, R. R.; Slobodnik, J.; Steininger-Mairinger, T.; Thomaidis, N. S.; Togola, A.; Vorkamp, K.; Vulliet, E.; Zhu, L.; Krauss, M. (2023) NORMAN guidance on suspect and non-target screening in environmental monitoring, Environmental Sciences Europe, 35, 75 (61 pp.), doi:10.1186/s12302-023-00779-4, Institutional Repository
Raths, J.; Schinz, L.; Mangold-Döring, A.; Hollender, J. (2023) Elimination resistance: characterizing multi-compartment toxicokinetics of the neonicotinoid thiacloprid in the amphipod Gammarus pulex using bioconcentration and receptor-binding assays, Environmental Science and Technology, 57(24), 8890-8901, doi:10.1021/acs.est.3c01891, Institutional Repository