All over the world water resources are impaired by miscellaneous anthropogenic pollutants. Contaminations can result from improper practices in the past. In recent years diverse compounds are classified as emerging pollutants due to negative effects on the environment as well as on human health.
The Department of Environmental Biotechnology works on biological degradation processes which significantly eliminate contaminants from groundwater and soil at contaminated sites. Biodegradation also contributes significantly to water purification during wastewater treatment, wastewater reuse and groundwater recharge. Such natural processes are in general cost-efficient, eco-friendly and sustainable.
Another field of activity is the assessment of chemical substances regarding their biodegradability as well as their ecotoxicity to assure prevention of future contaminations and protection of water resources. To assess microbial contaminations in environmental samples molecular biology methods are applied for the detection of antibiotic resistant, hygienically relevant and pathogenic microorganisms.
In the following sections you will find more information on our work areas and research projects. Contact persons are available for your detailed questions.