Identification of sources and fate of emerging contaminants in surface and drinking water

Project: Unfunded project

Project Details

Description

Background and motivations
Synthesis of new chemicals (e.g. medicines, personal care or household cleaning products, agricultural products) or changes in use and disposal of existing chemicals can create new or so-called Emerging Contaminants (ECs). One of the major challenges associated with control of the ECs is understanding their emission sources, which can be identified only though a detailed chemical composition of the contaminated environmental samples. ECs are generally present at trace levels (which can still be extremely harmful through a direct exposure or an accumulation in the environment or human organism) making it extremely difficult to detect them using conventional analytical tools.

The aim of this research project is to identify sources and fate of ECs in surface waters and their potential impact on the production and quality of drinking water.

Research Questions
• What type of ECs are present in surface and receiving waters?
• What are the sources and fate of ECs in receiving and surface waters?
• What is the potential impact of the detected ECs for the production and quality of drinking water?

Research Objectives
• Develop analytical methodologies and screening platforms based on the cutting-edge High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry for identification of ECs;
• Identify sources, abundances, and fate of ECs in surface and receiving waters;
• Create ECs compound databases.
StatusNot started