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 HollenderHead of DepartmentTel. +41 58 765 5493Send Mail
Aduccia SciacovelliTel. +41 58 765 5425Send Mail

Current projects

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

Team members

Dr. Kasia ArturiPostdoctoral ScientistTel. +41 58 765 6816Send Mail
Fabian BalkPhD StudentTel. +41 58 765 6478Send Mail
Birgit BeckTechnicianTel. +41 58 765 5316Send Mail
Dr. Qiuguo FuScientistTel. +41 58 765 5945Send Mail
Franziska JudScientific AssistantTel. +41 58 765 6765Send Mail
Karin KieferPhD studentTel. +41 58 765 5087Send Mail
Benedikt LauperPhD studentTel. +41 58 765 6498Send Mail
Corina MeyerTel. +41 58 765 6799Send Mail
Johannes RathsPhD studentTel. +41 58 765 5739Send Mail
Johannes SchorrPhD StudentTel. +41 58 765 6692Send Mail
Leonie Seefeldtmaster studentTel. +41 58 765 5598Send Mail

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