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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Barbara F. Günthardt, Matthew Moy de Vitry und Marius Neamtu (from left)

Barbara Günthardt, Matthew Moy de Vitry and Marius Neamtu win ETH medal

October 18, 2021, The environmental chemist Barbara F. Günthardt and the two environmental engineers Matthew Moy de Vitry and Marius Neamtu are awarded the ETH Medal for their doctoral theses. Plant toxins, urban flooding and complicated flows were the topics. Congratulations! read more

Opinion article Kathrin Fenner

November 5, 2021, Assessing the risk of chemicals and, even more so, managing their risk, is a challenging task and keeps environmental scientists and regulators busy without too much evidence for a clear improvement of the chemical contamination of the environment. read more


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MS2field - Complex analysis technology automated and packed on wheels

June 9, 2021
MS2field explained in brief... click here  to watch the YouTube video.

Switzerland News - Mitholz Ammunition Depot Toxic traces in the water

March 3, 2021
Traces of toxic explosive compounds such as TNT and its transformation products were found downstream of the former ammunition storage site in Mitholz. Plans for site remediation and the complex hydrogeology of the Kander valley raise concerns about future water contamination.
See reporting  on Swiss television. Only available in Swiss German.

Latest publications

Schönenberger, U. T.; Simon, J.; Stamm, C. (2021) Are spray drift losses to agricultural roads more important for surface water contamination than direct drift to surface waters?, Science of the Total Environment, 151102 (12 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151102, Institutional Repository
la Cecilia, D.; Dax, A.; Ehmann, H.; Koster, M.; Singer, H.; Stamm, C. (2021) Continuous high-frequency pesticide monitoring to observe the unexpected and the overlooked, Water Research X, 13, 100125 (11 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.wroa.2021.100125, Institutional Repository
Staudacher, P.; Brugger, C.; Winkler, M. S.; Stamm, C.; Farnham, A.; Mubeezi, R.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Günther, I. (2021) What agro-input dealers know, sell and say to smallholder farmers about pesticides: a mystery shopping and KAP analysis in Uganda, Environmental Health, 20, 100 (19 ), doi:10.1186/s12940-021-00775-2, Institutional Repository
Carles, L.; Wullschleger, S.; Joss, A.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Schirmer, K.; Schuwirth, N.; Stamm, C.; Tlili, A. (2021) Impact of wastewater on the microbial diversity of periphyton and its tolerance to micropollutants in an engineered flow-through channel system, Water Research, 203, 117486 (14 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117486, Institutional Repository