Department Environmental Chemistry

Contaminant fate processes

We study the presence, fate and behaviour of organic contaminants in natural and treated waters with currently two main focuses. First, we improve and apply target and non-target analysis using high resolution mass spectrometry to obtain a more comprehensive picture of contamination in aquatic environments and to characterize natural and technical elimination processes. Secondly, we study uptake and biological transformation of contaminants in aquatic organisms to better understand the effects on the organisms.


Prof. Dr. Juliane Hollender Head of Department Tel. +41 58 765 5493 Send Mail
Aduccia Sciacovelli Head and management assistant Tel. +41 58 765 5425 Send Mail

Team members

Dr. Kasia Arturi Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 6816 Send Mail
Fabian Balk PhD Student Tel. +41 58 765 6478 Send Mail
Birgit Beck Technician Tel. +41 58 765 5316 Send Mail
Benedikt Lauper PhD student Tel. +41 58 765 6498 Send Mail
Corina Meyer PhD student Tel. +41 58 765 6799 Send Mail
Johannes Raths PhD student Tel. +41 58 765 5739 Send Mail
Johannes Schorr PhD Student Tel. +41 58 765 6692 Send Mail
Dr. Michael Stravs Mass Spectrometry Data Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 5781 Send Mail
Sam Therampilly Bachelor Student Tel. +41 58 765 6793 Send Mail

Current projects

by Suspect and Non-Target Screening in WWTPs and their Abatement during Wastewater Treatment
Internal body concentrations are the driver of toxicological effects....
Identification and quantification of species in the vast and diverse universe of organic micropollutants is a daunting challenge for environmental sciences...
Previous studies monitoring micropollutant concentrations in aquatic invertebrates revealed tissue concentrations of many compounds to be substantially higher than predicted from models...
In order to obtain a more comprehensive picture of the contamination of Swiss groundwater with polar organic micropollutants...
Site-specific chemical and bioassay monitoring of micropollutants (MPs) are desirable, but the large number and diversity of MPs, and the cost and technical issues of measuring them, make the exposure assessment challenging

Terminated projects

SOLUTIONS for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management
A contemporary view of rivers recognizes them as having multiple vertical and lateral flow paths serving as bidirectional links to the surrounding landscape...
EXPOsure of aquatic ecosystems to antifungal aZOLes : assessment of occurrence and fate in sediment, water and aquatic organisms
Identification of transformation products and assessment of environmental relevance