Environmental Chemistry – Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab - Københavns Universitet

Contact research group leader

Hans Christian Bruun Hansen
Professor
M: haha@plen.ku.dk
Ph: +45 35 33 24 18

What happens to a pesticide, a heavy metal, an antibiotic, a detergent or a natural toxin when it is introduced to a soil, a freshwater body or as runoff in urban environments? Will it degrade and how, will it bind to the sediment particles, can it photodegrade, will it leach or evaporate, are the concentrations so high that they will kill soil animals or be taken up in plants? Many questions that immediately turns up for whatever pollutant that hits the soil coming from various sources such as the air, fertilizers, manure, waste, traffic and chemical spills/deposits. The questions are at the core of what we work with in the Environmental Chemistry research group. We are searching for molecular insight in fate of chemicals, and we provide data to safeguard the use of chemicals. We also work with methods by which we can clean polluted soils and waters, for instance making filters, by introducing reactive nanomaterials to polluted groundwater, or by extracting toxic metals. In our work we are measuring concentrations and chemical properties, and hence use a large variety of instruments and methods. You can read more about our work in the following pages, by clicking the members of the research group providing access to our publications or simply by contacting us - and maybe meet for a coffee. 

Research themes

Current Research Projects

  • China-EU Cooperation on Sponge Cities, China-EU Water Platform Project (CEWP), 2017 - 2021
  • DFC Water Course F19 and E19, Danida, 2018-2019
  • IBC - Iron Composite for Environmental Remediation
  • MagS3 - Phosphorus capture and recycling by magnetically anchored singlesheet sorbents. Danish Reseach Council (FTP), 2017 - 2020 (Coordinator)
  • NuReDrain - Nutrients Removal and Recovery from Drainage Water. EU-Interreg, 2017 - 2021
  • NaToxAq - Natural Toxins and Drinking Water Quality - From Source to Tap, EU-Marie Curie ITN, 2017 - 2020 (Coordinator)
  • Phosphorus Risk Mapping - P bonding in meadow soils, Danish EPA, 2017-2019
  • PhD project Mette G. Hansen: Copper and Zink bioavailability and speciation in manure amended soils, CREAM/KU, 2014 - 2018
  • PhD project Stacey Tardiff: Microbiome characterization at complex multi-element contaminated field site, M. Curie ITN, 2016 - 2019
  • Sino-Danish Center, Water & Environment, SDC, 2012 -
  • Soil Tracker - Forensic Toolkit for fingerprinting soil. Innovation Fund, 2017 - 2019
  • Water in Urban areas , Innovationnetwork, 2010 - 2018

Group members

For students

Are you interested in doing a project, you can read more about your options in the project database

  • Project database for students

  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have various bachelor and master programs.

  • Read more about the options here