Environmental Chemistry

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. 
















  • China-EU Cooperation on Sponge Cities, China-EU Water Platform Project (CEWP), 2017 - 2021
  • DFC Water Course F19 and E19, Danida, 2018-2019
  • GreenCat - Removing chlorinated solvents from groundwater and soil
  • 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
  • Phosphorus Risk Mapping - P bonding in meadow soils, Danish EPA, 2017-2020
  • 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

Name Title Phone E-mail
Adrian-Florin Florea PhD Fellow +4535328103 E-mail
Anita Schjødt Sandager Laboratory Technician +4535332423 E-mail
Birgitte Boje Rasmussen Laboratory Technician +4535332415 E-mail
Chen Wang Postdoc +4571850792 E-mail
Dominique Jeanette Tobler Associate Professor +4535325369 E-mail
Hans Chr. Bruun Hansen Professor +4535332418 E-mail
Lotte Malene Ruby Laboratory Technician Trainee +4535330092 E-mail
Peter Engelund Holm Professor +4535332414 E-mail
Qiong Ouyang PhD Student +4552901055 E-mail
Qiumei Wu Enrolled PhD Student   E-mail
Xiao Wang PhD Student   E-mail
Xueping Wang PhD Student   E-mail

Research Group Leader

Hans Christian Bruun Hansen
+45 35 33 24 18