Removal of environmental pollutants by biological processes

Removal of environmental pollutants by biological processesa research area in focus at the Department of Environmental Science (a "Strategic Growth Area", SGA)

Removal of environmental pollutants by metabolic processes deals with the biochemical challenges of degradation of environmental pollutants. Chemical properties, biochemical reactions of pollutants as well as microbial genetics and ecology influencing the degradation are the main focuses. Processes in the environmental compartments soil, ground-/drinking water as well as waste water are of specific interest. Biotechnological solutions, e.g. water treatment or soil bioremediation, are investigated with the aim to ensure quality and safety of fundamental environmental goods and services – hereunder clean water and fertile soil.

Main research areas

  • Degradation of xenobiotics by bacteria and fungi (single organisms, consortia or natural communities).
  • Water, leachate, sludge and soil treatment.
  • Microbial degradation in soil, water and in the atmosphere. Including identification of degradation products and the further degradation of these
  • Formation of metabolites vs mineralisation
  • Biotechnological solutions including optimization of degradation and degrader organisms e.g. by studying microbial interactions and degrader genes.
  • Ecology of degraders incl. co-metabolism vs catabolism.

Examples of recent and ongoing projects

Publications

Removal of Environmental Pollutants by Biological Processes - publications within the research area.

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Removal of environmental pollutants by biological processes - persons involved

Kai Bester, Professor, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental chemistry & toxicology
Ulla E. Bollmann, Researcher, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental chemistry & toxicology
Lea Ellegaard-Jensen, Researcher, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental microbiology & biotechnology
Ulrich Bay Gosewinkel, Senior Researcher, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental microbiology & biotechnology
Lars Hestbjerg Hansen, Head of section, Professor, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental microbiology & biotechnology
Berit Hasler, Senior Researcher - Head of section, Department of Environmental Science - Enviromental social science
Niels Bohse Hendriksen, Senior Researcher, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental microbiology & biotechnology
Carsten Suhr Jacobsen, Head of Department, Professor, Department of Environmental Science
John Jacobsen, Fundraiser, Department of Environmental Science - Secretariat
Anders Johansen, Senior Researcher, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental microbiology & biotechnology
Pia Lassen, Senior Researcher - Head of section, Department of Environmental Science - Environmental chemistry & toxicology
Marianne Thomsen, Professor, Department of Environmental Science - Emission modeling & environmental geography
Anne Winding, Deputy Head of Department, senior Researcher, Department of Environmental Science