Organic Environmental Chemistry
Aquatic ecosystems are exposed to multiple inputs of organic pollutants that are released into the environment by humans. The quantity and type of pollutants change over time. They ultimately reflect substances that people are currently producing and using. Many substances are classified as potential pollutants due to their persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic properties. To date, only a few well-studied chemicals have been regulated—meaning, their production or application has been limited or prohibited.
The “Organic Environmental Chemistry” department therefore studies the occurrence, sources, distribution pathways and fate, especially of novel non-regulated pollutants in coastal, marine and polar regions. The overall goal is to assess the threat to the environment and to human health as well as to identify options for action that can be used to achieve and maintain a good environmental status.