The UFZ at the Environmental Trade Fair IFAT 2008

Managing Contaminated Sites

A large number of sites around the world have been contaminated on a large scale with harmful substances. Europe alone is known to have over 20,000 of these ‘megasites’. In many cases, the contamination means that the sites can no longer be used.
Led by the UFZ, scientists are working at specific locations to develop potential solutions for the revitalisation of contaminated megasites.


Hall B1
Stand Nr. 207

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TASK Leipzig

The Terra-, Aqua, Site Remediation Competence Centre

Expert panel

Dr. Hermann Rügner
Martin Bittens
UFZ Department: Groundwater Remediation
Phone +49 341 235-1253
Fax +49 341 235-1837

In the framework of the German Government’s "High-Tech Strategy", a new coordinated and product-oriented initiative has been launched. Here, TASK provides a dissemination platform for technology transfer measures in the fields of soil and groundwater investigation, remediation and land revitalisation. Measures include:

  • the organisation of workshops
  • annual product fairs
  • expert panels
  • setting up of recommendations for policy makers
  • networking and teaching activities
  • product demonstrations at field sites


Compartment Transfer

Near-nature and cost-efficient groundwater remediation

Constructed Wetlands

Dr. Rainer Henzler
Dr. Hans-H. Richnow
UFZ Department: Groundwater Remediation, Isotope Biogeochemistry
Phone +49 341 235-1674
Fax +49 341 235-1837

Successful revitalization of large-scale contaminated areas depends on cost-efficient groundwater remediation. Researchers from the UFZ test and optimize the technically controlled transfer of contaminants into reactive aerobic compartments. Three basic approaches are realized at a pilot plant near Leuna (Germany) aiming at increasing natural contaminant attenuation:

  • constructed wetlands
  • vertical-flow filter systems
  • structured trench systems


Innovative Technologies for Subsurface Exploration

Exploration with Direct Push Technologies

Dr. Peter Dietrich
Dr. Carsten Leven-Pfister
UFZ Department: Monitoring- and Exploration Technologies
Phone +49 341 235-1253
Fax +49 341 235-1837

MOSAIC research platform
– Model Driven Site Assessment, Information & Control

Key technologies

  • geophysical methods based on pulled arrays
  • Direct Push technology for high resolution subsurface investigations


  • water resource management and contaminated sites
  • biodiversity research
  • agricultural use
  • geotechnical applications

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Measurement technology for in-situ monitoring of CO2

Monitoring Carbon Dioxide

Dr. Detlef Lazik
UFZ Department: Soil Physics
Phone +49 345 5585-209
Fax +49 345 5585-559

The representative measurement of CO2 concentrations and fluxes in waters and heterogeneous porous media is one of the current challenges when analysing the interactions of biogeochemical processes in the subsurface and global change.We developed an efficient measurement method based on selective permeation of gases through membranes.

  • applicable for porous media and bodies of water
  • non-invasive
  • adaptive to different spatial and temporal scales


Carbo-Iron – a novel tool for groundwater treatment

Researchers in the lab, Carbo-Iron

Prof. Frank-D. Kopinke
Dr. Katrin Mackenzie
UFZ Department: Environmental Technology
Phone +49 341 235-1760
Fax +49 341 235-1471

Carbo-Iron advantages:

  • injectable into deep and hardly accessible aquifers
  • easy re-injection (tailored to needs)
  • high subsurface mobility of several meters
  • combination of sorption and reaction
  • increases efficiency permeation into DNAPL sources

Preferred application for

  • in-situ generation of permeable treatment zone
  • dehalogenation of groundwater pollutants
  • plume and source remediation
  • heavy metal removal


Thermally enhanced soil remediation using radio-wave heating

Radio-wave heating

Dr. Ulf Roland
UFZ Department: Environmental Technology
Phone +49 341 235-1762
Fax +49 341 235-1471

Combination with:

  • soil vapour extraction
  • microbial remediation
  • chemical conversion

Temperature effects utilized:

  • increase in mobility, water solubility, vapour pressure and bioavailability
  • flexibility with respect to final temperature, heating rate and soil type

Preferred application for

  • removal of contamination sources
  • focussed treatment of "hot spots"
  • decontamination near or under buildings
  • fast remediation progress




Dr. Gregor Hoffmann
Tel. 0341 235 1786

Nina Baumbach
Tel. 0341 235 1387

Externe Veranstaltungen, Kongresse

F&U confirm
Tel. 0341 235 1880

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