Chemistry, microbiology and environmental biotechnology


West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin

ul. Słowackiego 17
71-434 Szczecin

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The Department of Chemistry, Microbiology and Environmental Biotechnology (DCMEB) carries research focusing primarily on:

  • eutrophication in shallow water reservoirs (nutrient limitation of primary production, nutrient sources);

  • internal eutrophication (nutrient release from bottom sediments, fractionation of sediment-bound phosphate, sorption);

  • responses of aquatic plants to pollution of aquatic ecosystems with trace metals, nutrients and xenobiotics as well as responses of aquatic plants to hydromorphological parameters of their environment;

  • chemical methods of lake restoration (phosphate inactivation, formation and characterisation of intelligent and environmentally friendly biomaterials-based adsorbents);

  • effects of agrochemical formulations on behaviour of active substances in the environment [degradation kinetics of agrochemicals (pesticides) in soil and water, determination of TD50, determination of partition coefficients Kd, KOC, adsorption processes in water/soil and water/sediment systems, mobility of agrochemicals in soil].

DCMEB is involved in national projects and collaborates with other departments of the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland contributing its experience in the development of innovative and environmentally friendly solutions.

The DCMEB infrastructure includes well-equipped laboratories for the study and chemical analysis of water, soil and bottom sediments.

The expertise offered includes:

  • unique knowledge on chemical analyses of water, soil, bottom sediments (analysis of nutrients, metals, agrochemical residues);

  • research on phosphorolytic enzyme activity in aquatic environments and soil;

  • speciation analysis of phosphorus in soil, water and bottom sediments;

  • analysis of degradation kinetics of agrochemicals (pesticides) in water and soil;

  • exploring mobility of chemical pollutants in soil and sediments;

  • determination of partition coefficients and sorption processes (adsorption, desorption) of pesticides, metals and phosphorus compounds in water/soil and water/bottom sediment systems;

  • physico-chemical modification of biomaterials

  • examination of xenobiotic effects on aquatic plants (development and implementation of experiments involving aquatic plants, evaluation of plant biometric parameters, evaluation of metal content in biomass)

  • evaluation of the functioning of constructed wetlands (study of parameters characterizing sewage and aquatic plants)

  • hydromorphological assessment of rivers using the River Habitat Survey (RHS) method.

  • assessment of the ecological status of surface waters using the Macrophyte Index for Rivers (MIR).