Research for the Environment

REM beas 12C

Soil and Sediment Processes

  • Fate of organic compounds and contaminants in soils under various (constant and dynamic) environmental conditions
  • Fate of organic compounds and contaminants in soils under various (constant and dynamic) environmental conditions
  • Contribution of CO2 fixation and microbial biomass carbon to the formation of refractory soil organic matter and to bound residue formation from xenobiotics

Constructed Wetlands - EWaTT

  • Fate of Recalcitrant Organic Compounds in Constructed Wetlands
  • Hygienisation - Removal of Pathogenic Bacteria
  • Microbial Processes of Metal Removal/Fixation in Constructed Pond/Wetland Systems
  • Nitrogen, Sulphur and Carbon Cycles in Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

Phytotechnicum with planted fixed bed reactor

Wetland root

Microbial Processes

  • Effect of fluctuating concentrations on in situ catabolic activities
  • Membrane lipids and biomarkers for in situ bioremediation
  • Process control relevant adaptive mechanisms of microorganisms to changing environmental conditions

Engineered natural processes for the treatment of contaminated sediments

  • Remediation of heavy metal contaminated river sediments by sludge conditioning, bioleaching of the metals and revitalization of the treated materials to soil-like substrates
  • Full-scale pilot process development for the production soil-like substrates from sediments of the “Elsterbecken“, a sludge collecting pond of the river Weisse Elster in the city area Leipzig

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UFZ research themes

Controlling Chemicals’ Fate

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Graduate School HIGRADE

The new "Helmholtz Interdisciplinary GRADuate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE)" is fostered by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund and will start in October 2007.
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Project handbook published

"Model-driven soil probing, site assessment and evaluation - Guidance on Technologies"

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Handbook