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

Navn Titel Telefon E-mail
Adrian-Florin Florea Ph.d.-stipendiat +4535328103 E-mail
Anita Schjødt Sandager Laborant +4535332423 E-mail
Asger Baltzer Hansen Postdoc   E-mail
Birgitte Boje Rasmussen Laborant +4535332415 E-mail
Chen Wang Postdoc +4571850792 E-mail
Dominique Jeanette Tobler Lektor +4535325369 E-mail
Eliza Katarzyna Cwalina Ph.d.-stipendiat +4535327543 E-mail
Hans Chr. Bruun Hansen Professor +4535332418 E-mail
Jinxin Zhao Indskrevet ph.d.-studerende   E-mail
Junjie Zhang Postdoc +4535324373 E-mail
Lotte Malene Ruby Laborantpraktikant +4535330092 E-mail
Peter Engelund Holm Professor +4535332414 E-mail
Qiong Ouyang Ph.d.-studerende +4552901055 E-mail
Qiumei Wu Indskrevet ph.d.-studerende   E-mail
Xiao Wang Ph.d.-studerende   E-mail

Research Group Leader

Hans Christian Bruun Hansen
+45 35 33 24 18