Our society is facing major challenges that are closely interlinked with the way we live in and interact with the environment. While, advances in science and technology have dramatically improved our quality of life, these advances have led to a great variety of unforeseen consequences.
Water plays a central role in our lives and as such is a particularly precious resource. However, population growth and increasing industrialization have made water also a very scarce resource, especially in parts of the world where water consumption is the highest.
Our research focuses on the impacts of anthropogenic activities on water quality with the primary focus on the occurrence, fate and effects of organic chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides and industrial chemicals.
More specifically, our research focuses on these research areas:
- Detection and occurrence of new trace organic contaminants in the urban water cycle
- Exposure Assessment of organic chemicals via water, air and food
- Fate and transformation of trace organic contaminants in the urban water cycle and the environment
- Elucidation of transformation products of trace organic contaminants formed during biological and oxidative water treatment
- Biological effects of organic contaminants and their transformation products at the molecular level