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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SCS Award Winners 2023

December 11,2022 - Dr. Michael Stravs, Eawag, Environmental Chemistry
receives the prize for your outstanding scientific achievements, especially the new and innovative approach to combine state-of-the-art analysis technologies, artificial intelligence and reference data in near real time that is exemplary for similar problems in chemistry and biology.
The prize is endowed with CHF 5'000 and a certificate. The award lecture is planned at the CHanalysis in Beatenberg on March 29-31, 2023.
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News

December 15, 2022 –

Work is currently underway in Montreal at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) to negotiate a framework agreement to preserve biodiversity. In addition to pesticides, nutrients and plastic waste, certain other chemicals ought...

Work is currently underway in Montreal at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) to negotiate a framework agreement to preserve biodiversity. In addition to pesticides, nutrients and plastic waste, certain other chemicals ought to be restricted in their production and use, or replaced by less problematic substances, according to a recommendation by a group of scientists, including an environmental toxicologist from Eawag.

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December 2, 2022 –

How can the use of scientific knowledge be promoted in policy and practice to make plant protection more sustainable?

How can the use of scientific knowledge be promoted in policy and practice to make plant protection more sustainable?

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November 24, 2022 –

Together with the Canton of St. Gallen, Eawag has been investigating the impact of the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant at Flawil to include a stage for the removal of micropollutants on water quality in the River...

Together with the Canton of St. Gallen, Eawag has been investigating the impact of the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant at Flawil to include a stage for the removal of micropollutants on water quality in the River Glatt. Initial results now show a very positive picture.

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November 21, 2022 –

Eawag researchers Wenzel Gruber and Urs Schönenberger have won this year's Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize for their dissertations. Reducing emissions of the climate-damaging nitrous oxide from wastewater treatment plants and...

Eawag researchers Wenzel Gruber and Urs Schönenberger have won this year's Otto Jaag Water Protection Prize for their dissertations. Reducing emissions of the climate-damaging nitrous oxide from wastewater treatment plants and reducing the leaching of pesticides from drainage systems are the topics.

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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

Weiss, F. T.; Ruepert, C.; Echeverría-Sáenz, S.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Stamm, C. (2023) Agricultural pesticides pose a continuous ecotoxicological risk to aquatic organisms in a tropical horticulture catchment, Environmental Advances, 11, 100339 (10 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.envadv.2022.100339, Institutional Repository
Storck, F. R.; Riva, A.; Stähli, M.; Schönenberger, U.; Freudemann, D.; Stamm, C.; Hug, S. J.; Dolf, R.; Mazacek, J.; Zobrist, J.; Randlett, M.-È. (2022) 50 Jahre NADUF. Nationale Daueruntersuchung der Fliessgewässer, Aqua & Gas, 102(12), 34-41, Institutional Repository
Raths, J.; Švara, V.; Lauper, B.; Fu, Q.; Hollender, J. (2022) Speed it up: How temperature drives toxicokinetics of organic contaminants in freshwater amphipods, Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.16542, Institutional Repository
Hofmann, B.; Ingold, K.; Stamm, C.; Ammann, P.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Finger, R.; Fuhrimann, S.; Lienert, J.; Mark, J.; McCallum, C.; Probst-Hensch, N.; Reber, U.; Tamm, L.; Wiget, M.; Winkler, M. S.; Zachmann, L.; Hoffmann, S. (2022) Barriers to evidence use for sustainability: insights from pesticide policy and practice, Ambio, 52(2), 425-439, doi:10.1007/s13280-022-01790-4, Institutional Repository