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Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology

Section in the Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University

Danish name Miljøkemi og toksikologi
Abbreviated name MITO
Head of section Pia Lassen
Section employees See list
Physical location AU Roskilde
Research keywords Environmental chemistry, toxicology, human exposure, envirochemical risk assessment, passive sampling/dosage techniques, metabolomics, identification of oil pollution, NEXT, NOVANA, AMAP

Foto/photo: Lise Balsby, Aarhus Universitet

Research areas within the section

The presence of potentially harmful chemicals in the environment is a great concern of the general public, in particularly contamination of resources (water, air, soil, food) as well as contact to chemicals through products (personal care products, building materials, paints and other consumer products). The research and advisory work in MITO aims to fill gaps in knowledge of, e.g. exposure sources, exposure levels, transformation routes, the exposure-effect coupling and effective ways to reduce the risk caused by chemicals.

The focus of the section is environmental chemistry and toxicity in respect to organic contaminants - where feasible in a risk assessment context. The main vision is to obtain a better understanding of the fate of organic contaminants in the environment, the risk as well as risk management and remediation to control the contaminants in technical systems (water purification, soil remediation). The research is based on experimental work in terms of measurements and specific process studies, and is accompanied by modelling of toxicity, as well as the optimization of technical and biological processes in order to reduce exposure to the environment. All of these aspects also include human exposure to chemicals and associated risks.

The research further includes environmental risk assessment of different organic contaminants (e.g. drug residues, pesticides, PCBs, flame retardants, fluorinated compounds, dioxins, PAHs, personal care products, plasticizers, chemical warfare agents and their degradation products) in the environment.  The research focuses on sources, transport, distribution, bioaccumulation and transformations of organic contaminants in various environmental and human matrices.  The work includes identification of new potentially problematic organic contaminants, as well as development and application of state-of-the-art chemical analytical methods with high sensitivity for detection of contaminants in environmental samples and samples from consumer products, plants, animals and humans.  The work includes both environmental risk assessments and risk assessments of public health.

Contact person

Pia Lassen

Senior Researcher - Head of section
H 7412, C1.10
P +4587158581

Section employees

Name Job title Email Phone Building
Bester, Kai Professor kb@envs.au.dk +4587158552 7412, C1.02
Bollmann, Ulla E. Researcher ueb@envs.au.dk +4587158462 7412, C1.00
Cai, Yi PhD Student cy@envs.au.dk 7412, C1.04
Carvalho, Pedro Researcher pedro.carvalho@envs.au.dk +4587158462 7412, C1.00
Christiansen, Ellen Laboratory Technician ec@envs.au.dk +4587158485 7412, C1.08
Dicová, Kristina Student Worker kdic@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.10
Fauser, Patrik Senior Researcher paf@envs.au.dk +4587158549 7412, C2.16
Frøkjær, Emil Egede Student Worker eef@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.06
Glendorf, Kamilla Linette Laboratory Technician kagl@envs.au.dk 7412, C1.39
Gravert, Thorsten PhD Student thgr@envs.au.dk +4587153006 7412, C2.06
Groth, Birgit Laboratory Technician big@envs.au.dk +4587158659 7412, C2.49
Hajeb, Parvaneh Postdoc parha@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.10
Hansen, Anna Magdalene Brun PhD Student amb@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.10
Hansen, Martin Senior Researcher martin.hansen@envs.au.dk +4551767058 7412, C2.04
Hass, Sofie Askjær Student Worker sah@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.08
Herranz, Victor García Guest PhD fellow vicgarhe@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.04
Jensen, Inga Laboratory Technician inj@envs.au.dk +4587158554 7412, C2.51
Kharel, Suman PhD Student sukh@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.10
Koning, Jasper Theodore PhD Student j.koning@envs.au.dk 7412, C1.04
Lassen, Pia Senior Researcher - Head of section pla@envs.au.dk +4587158581 7412, C1.10
Li, Rui PhD Student ruili@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.10
Liang, Chuanzhou PhD Student liangcz@envs.au.dk 7412, C1.20
Ljungqvist, Annegrete Laboratory Technician agl@envs.au.dk +4587158594 7412, C2.49
Nord, Nadia Brogård PhD Student nadiabnord@envs.au.dk 7412, C1.20
Pedersen, Emilie Bak Student Worker ebp@envs.au.dk
Petersen, Pia Christina Hartvig Laboratory Technician pia@envs.au.dk +4587158471 7412, C2.12
Poulsen, Rikke Visiting PhD student rikkepoulsen@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.06
Sanderson, Hans Senior Researcher hasa@envs.au.dk +4587158632 7412, C2.18
Schinzel, Yvonne ERASMUS student ysch@envs.au.dk 7411, B2.06
Schiødt, Charlotte Dahl Laboratory Technician chds@envs.au.dk +4587158722 7412, C1.08
Stehrer, Thomas Student Worker thomas.stehrer@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.06
Svendsen, Sif Burlin PhD Student sibs@envs.au.dk +4587159976 7412, C2.10
Tisler, Selina Kornelia Postdoc seti@envs.au.dk 7412, C1.00
Vorkamp, Katrin Senior Researcher kvo@envs.au.dk +4587158483
Young, Robert Bruce Postdoc robert.young@envs.au.dk 7412, C2.08