Organska zagađivala u okolišu

Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry and Biogeochemistry of Organic Compounds

Systematic investigation of biogeochemical behaviour of organic compounds as a basis for a comprehensive environmental risk assessment.

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Our research and scientific work includes:

  • Development of highly specific methods for the determination of individual organic compounds as molecular markers of environmental processes
  • Laboratory and field investigations of the processes, which govern behaviour and fate of organic compounds in the environment
  • Identification of emerging contaminants using effects-directed analysis (EDA) approach
  • Estimating the impact of pollutants on microbial communities in the enviroment 
  • Characterization of microbial communities as potential catalysts for biodegradation of organic pollutants - determining of catabolic and genetic potential for degradation  
  • Study of novel technologies for the elimination of environmental toxicants

Ivan Senta
PhD

Research Associate
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Marijan Ahel
Ph.D.

scientific advisor
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Senka Terzić
dr.sc.

senior scientist
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Comprehensive assessment of the environmental behaviour and fate of pharmaceutically active contaminants: macrolide antibiotics and opioid analgesic...

Comprehensive assessment of the environmental behaviour and fate of pharmaceutically active contaminants: macrolide antibiotics and opioid analgesic...

Glavni istraživač / voditelj: Senka Terzić

Aquatic ecosystems throughout the world are exposed to an increasing pressure from various anthropogenic sources that release large variety of potentially harmful synthetic organic contaminants, including pharmaceutically active compounds. Most of the environmental studies of pharmaceuticals are focused mainly on the determination of parent compounds and encompass only one environmental compartment. Such simplified approach often underestimates the ecotoxicological relevance of a contaminant class, either by neglecting the contribution of its transformation products or by overlooking some critical mechanisms that may pose a threat to the environmental safety and human health. As opposed to that, this project aims at demonstrating the importance of the comprehensive assessment of aquatic contaminants, based on the study of two important groups of pharmaceuticals, macrolide antibiotics (MAs) and opioid analgesics (OAs), by including their main transformation products (TPs) and addressing the issue of physico-chemical partitioning in the exposure assessment. 

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Development and evaluation of innovative tools to estimate the ecotoxicological impact of low dose pesticide application in agriculture on soil func...

Development and evaluation of innovative tools to estimate the ecotoxicological impact of low dose pesticide application in agriculture on soil func...

The ECOFUN-MICROBIODIV project aimed at developing and evaluating innovative tools to estimate the ecotoxicological impact of low dose pesticides used in agriculture on soil functional microbial biodiversity. It proposed to estimate the impact of sulfonylurea herbicide on soil microbial biodiversity and functioning. This project is based on an interdisciplinary approach conducted at different scale, from the field plot to the greenhouse, to test in corn crop the impact of chemical weeding compared to mechanical.

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