Structure Environmental chemistry and modelling

Environmental chemistry and modelling

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Environmental chemistry and modelling

Division is focused on experimental and theoretical research of environmental contamination by toxic compounds (persistent organic pollutants, polar organic compounds, toxic metals, organometals). Understanding environmental fate of chemicals, i.e. transport and transformation processes, is crucial for exposure and risk assessment.
Division also guarantees university education in the field of Environmental chemistry (bachelor, master and doctoral programmes at Faculty of Science, MU). Student projects and theses are always closely related to running research projects or practical applications.

Research areas of the division are

  • sources and inputs of toxic compounds in the environment
  • physico-chemical properties of toxic compounds
  • distribution in abiotic and biotic environmental matrices; distribution equillibria
  • contamination levels in environmental matrices including biota
  • migration of pollutants under natural conditions
  • transport of compounds within the matrix and among matrices, long range transport
  • bioavailability of chemical compounds in various matrices
  • abiotic and biotic transformations and their products

Major research topics include

Development of sampling and analytical methods for abiotic and biotic matrices with special focus on passive sampling and advanced analyses (HR-GC-MS, LC-MS/MS, ICP-OES, ICP-MS) of newly studied compounds.

Research of phase equillibria and transport processes by controlled laboratory experiments and field studies.

Abiotic photochemical transformations of organic compounds in solid environmental matrices and on their surfaces (ice, snow, soil and vegetation surfaces).

Biosensors and natural biocatalysers for biotechnologies and applications in the environmental protection; in cooperation with Loschmidt laboratories at Faculty of Science, MU.

 

Environmental modelling based on data from monitoring programmes and laboratory experiments; development of models for fate, transport and prediction of toxicant levels in environmental matrices.