Consortium members - scientific staff

B1 University of Copenhagen (UCPH):

Prof. Hans Chr. Bruun Hansen

Scientific Coordinator, Supervisor for ESR11, University Supervisor for ESR7 and ESR13, WP-leader of WP6-8.

Phone: +45 35 33 24 18 / Mobile: +45 24 94 26 07


Research: Hans Christian Bruun Hansen, Professor in Environmental Chemistry. PhD 1991 – University of Copenhagen. My basic training is in soil geochemistry with a main interest in solid-solution processes in soils and sediments governing pollutant fate and water quality, and with extensions into soil and water cleaning applications. I have been working with many topics in terrestrial environmental chemistry, but three fields have particular focus: i) Iron geochemistry with particular focus on how redox processes affect iron speciation and how that couples to the cycles of C, N and P, and with a particular interest in the environmental chemistry of iron(II)iron(III) hydroxide (“green rusts”) particles, ii) phosphate bonding in soils and phosphate removal from eutrophied waters, and iii) analysis, sorption, degradation and transport of plant toxins in terrestrial environments. Our group has been pioneering the environmental chemistry of plant toxins during the last 15 years with major works on toxins from both cultivated and non-cultivated plants. Worth to mention here is our works on ptaquiloside from Bracken, biomedicinal compounds like cyclotides and artemisinin, and fate of glucosinolates and cyanogenic glycosides. 
I am teaching environmental chemistry from BSc to PhD level, and participate in two MSc programs in environmental chemistry, among which one is taught in Beijing, China.

Associate Prof. Bjarne W.Strobel

Supervisor for ESR8, WP-leader of WP1.

Phone: +45 35 33 24 11 /Mobile: +45 51 51 19 12


Research: My research has focus on i) degradation of hazardous pollutants and CleanTech solutions for e.g. chlorinated compounds in soil and water, ii) identification and quantification of hazardous trace elements and emerging micro-pollutants in water, sediment, and soil with advanced extraction, separation and advanced GC- and LC-mass spectrometry. iii) Occurrence, fate and impact of bioactive compounds (biotoxins) in plant, soil and water environments. Understanding the complex interactions of naturally plant produced biotoxins in exposed organisms. iv) Properties of soil minerals and chemical reactions at mineral surfaces in water and sediment.

Prof. Jan H. Christensen

Supervisor for ESR2.

Phone: +45 45 35 33 24 56 / Mobile: +45 93 56 35 59


Research: Jan H Christensen, Professor in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. PhD 2005 – Roskilde University is leader of the Analytical Chemistry group, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen and heads the Research Centre for Advanced Analytical Chemistry (RAACE). The Analytical Chemistry group has pioneered cutting-edge analytical and chemometric methods for oil hydrocarbon fingerprinting and now works on all aspects of fundamental chromatography and mass spectrometry, contaminant fingerprinting, petroleomics, and metabolomics. They develop analytical platforms and new tools to handle and process complex data from cutting-edge analytical instrumentation and apply this chemical fingerprinting concept for analysis of complex mixtures of organic contaminants and in numerous industry project collaborations with the petrochemical, environmental, and food industry. He has authored and co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on these topics. His current research focus is on non-targeted analysis incl. development and application of sample preparation methods, multidimensional chromatography platforms in combination with chemometric data analysis, analysis of polar metabolites and linking chemical to toxicological fingerprints. The group is teaching analytical chemistry from BSc to PhD level and supervise currently approx. 30 BSc, MSc and PhD students where most students work in the interface between analytical chemistry and signal processing.

Assistant Prof. Nikoline Juul Nielsen

Co-Supervisor for ESR2.

Phone: +35 33 23 44


Associate Prof. Efstathios (Stathis) Diamantopoulos

Co-Supervisor for ESR11.

Phone: +45 3532 6297


Research: Efstathios is an environmental soil physicist with a strong background on numerical modelling of water flow, solute transport and heat flow in the unsaturated zone. His scientific curiosity is focused on the understanding and the analysis between the discrepancy of theory predictions and actual observations in the vadose zone. This includes combining theory and observations for different problems, spanning through a variety of spatial scales, i.e. from the pore scale to the regional scale and of different time scales, i.e. hours to decades. To achieve this, he is combining:

  • advanced modelling and experimental techniques for characterising SHPs at the representative elementary volume (REV)
  • advanced numerical models simulating water flow, solute transport and heat flow in porous media including non-equilibrium water flow (preferential flow)
  • and state of the art inverse modelling methods. Moreover, he is using advanced techniques for the quantification of parameter and model prediction uncertainty. This includes classic and Bayesian methods.

B2 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ):

Dr. Werner Brack

Supervisor for ESR4 and ESR5, WP-leader of WP2.

Phone: +49 341 235 1531


Research: Key research areas:

  • Effect-Directed Analysis: Toxicant identification in complex mixtures including water, sediments, tissue, blood and urine. This includes the development of new separation techniques, the application and evaluation of bioassays and a broad array of chemical analytical techniques.
  • Bioavailability of toxicants and its operationalization as a prioritisation criteria in effect-directed analysis, e.g. of contaminated sediments including extraction techniques, passive dosing and prediction models for chemicals uptake
  • Structure elucidation of unknown environmental compounds combining chemical analysis with the prediction chromatographic retention, mass spectrometric fragmentation, toxicity e.c.t.
  • Assessment and prioritisation of contamination in aquatic ecosystems and the establishment of cause-effect relationships between chemicals and observable effects, particularly in the context of water quality management and the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.


Prof. Dr. Beate Escher

Co-Supervisor for ESR4

Phone: +49 341 235-1244


Research: Beate Escher’s research interests focus on mode-of-action based environmental risk assessment, including methods for initial hazard screening and risk assessment of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, disinfection by-products and persistent organic pollutants with an emphasis on mixtures. A special interest is the effect assessment of transformation products and disinfection by-products. One of Escher’s goals is to close the gap between exposure and effect assessment through common approaches linking bioavailability to internal exposure and effects via understanding and modelling of toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic processes. More practically oriented aspects of her work include passive sampling and effect-based methods for water quality assessment. Further she has an interest in improving dosing methods for very hydrophobic and volatile compounds and to develop new in-vitro assays for bioaccumulation and toxicity assessment.

B3 RECETOX - Masaryk University (MU):

Assoc. Prof. Klára Hilscherová

Supervisor for ESR14

Phone: +420 549 493 256


Research: Biochemical and aquatic ecotoxicology of pollutants and their complex mixtures, in vitro tests, specific mechanisms of toxicity, environmental endocrine disruptors, oxidative stress, cyanotoxins and their ecotoxicology

Assoc. Prof. Pavel Babica

Co-Supervisor for ESR14

Phone: +420 549 494 620



  • Interactions of mammalian (human) cells and tissues with environmental and food toxicants, including cyanobacterial toxins and lipopolysaccharides.
  • In vitro models, including stem cell-based models and/or 3-dimensional cultures, to study cell type- and tissue-specific effects of chemicals, toxicity mechanisms and their links to adverse health outcomes.
  • Environmental occurrence of cyanobacterial toxins, their removal in drinking water treatment, and human health risks of cyanotoxins.

Prof. Luděk Bláha, PhD

Supervisor for ESR12

Phone: +420 549 49 3194


Research: Aquatic ecotoxicology, cyanobacterial toxins, ecotoxicity of complex mixtures and sediments, dioxin-like toxicity, environmental endocrine disrupters, effects and toxicity mechanisms of POPs and other organic xenobiotics and cyanotoxins.

B4 Chemical and Environmental Research Institute of Barcelona (CSIC):

Dr. Marinella Farré

Supervisor for ESR3 and ESR6, WP-leader of WP3.

Phone: +34 93 4006100 - ext 5316


Research: Dr. Marinella Farré  is a Research scientist, permanent staff at the Department of Environmental Chemistry, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona. She has expertise in new screening techniques (immunoassays, bioassays and biosensors), as well as in liquid chromatography coupled to advanced mass spectrometry techniques (LC-QqQ-MS/MS, LC-QTOF-MS, LC-QLIT-MS..) for the analysis of environmental and food matrices.

B5 Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (Agroscope, WBF):

Dr. Thomas Bucheli

Supervisor for ESR9, WP-leader of WP4.

Phone: +41 58 468 73 42


Research: Thomas D. Bucheli, Ph.D., leads the research group Environmental Analytics at Agroscope (, where he investigates the occurrence, fate and behaviour of organic chemicals in the agro-environment. His current focus is on natural toxins, pesticides, PAHs, soot, carbon nanotubes, biochar, and related sorption and bioavailability studies.
He is a lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), an Editor of Springer’s Environmental Science and Pollution Research (, and the Swiss Delegate of the European Chemical Society, Division for Environmental Sciences (”




B6 University College Copenhagen (former Metropolitan University College, MUC):

Senior associate lecturer Lars Holm Rasmussen, PhD

Supervisor for ESR7, co-supervisor for ESR13

Phone: +45 5138 0592


Research: I am heading the R&D Program Laboratory Technology at University College Copenhagen. Our focus is bioactive compounds and biological processes. My expertise is the analytical biogeochemistry of toxic natural compounds.  Current activities comprise occurrence and fate of toxic natural compounds in water, food, soil and body fluids, e.g. biotic and abiotic degradation of toxins (examples: alkaline hydrolysis of the carcinogen ptaquiloside from ferns in body fluids and ozone assisted degradation of the mycotoxin patulin in water and food).
My research career are closely linked to the Copenhagen studies of bracken ferns since 1999, in particular the biogeochemistry of ptaquiloside. In the last five years, I have embarked on a more holistic research journey addressing the toxic impact of brackens more widely. E.g. by studying the toxicokinetics and the pathology of bracken with the personal goal of clarifying the effects of this fern on Human and animal health.                                                                      



B7 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG):

Dr. Elisabeth (Lilli) Janssen

Supervisor for ESR10

Phone: +41 58 765 5428


Research: My research interests focus on the stability and fate processes of biomolecules and macromolecular pollutants in the aquatic environment. Coming from a traditional micropollutant background, I am now curious to investigate structurally larger molecules. I am fascinated by the functionality of biological compounds ranging from enzymes to toxins and their behavior in the environment. In particular, I aim to develop a better understanding of how structural changes of such macromolecules affect their functions (e.g., properties of toxicity, catalysis, inhibition). In my laboratory and field research, I am following molecular transformation and functional changes of bio-&-macromolecules in natural and engineered systems.                                    

B8 Greater Copenhagen Utility (HOFOR A/S):

Dr. Ann-Katrin Pedersen, Head of Section Water quality at HOFOR, the drinking water supply in Greater Copenhagen.

Co-Supervisor for ESR13

Phone: +45 2795 3558



  • Responsible for quality control of raw water and drinking water
  • Responsible for laboratory analysis (chemical and microbiological analysis and sampling) accredited according to ISO 17025
  • Planning and preparation of monitoring of raw water / drinking water
  • Development and implementation of new sampling methods and analyses for optimizing water quality control
  • Implementation of on-line monitoring
  • Follow-up on analysis results from own laboratory and from external laboratories
  • Contact to authorities including reporting of water quality data
  • Project Manager / participation in internal and external projects related to water quality, groundwater contamination and water treatment
  • Responsible for training internal and external employees in drinking water safety
  • Implementation and certification of the quality system ISO 22.000
  • Implementing LEAN concepts in the section, including setting targets and identifying optimization areas.



Dr. Sarah Christensen, water quality specialist

Supervisor for ESR13

Phone: +45 2795 4748


Research: Sarah is a biologist from the University of Copenhagen with main focus on aquatic biology, microbiology and algae. She achieved her PhD degree at DTU Environment, Technical University of Denmark, where she did research in drinking water quality the following five years. Sarah is now working as drinking water specialist at HOFOR utility. Competences: Drinking water quality, microbiology, biology, ecology in aquatic technical systems, water supply, water quality sensors, drinking water treatment, invertebrates in distribution systems, public health, cyanobacteria, micro- and macro algae, risk assessment (microbial and chemical contamination of water), molecular analyses.

B9 Fera Science Ltd (Fera):

Dr. Carmel Ramwell

Supervisor for ESR15, co-supervisor for ESR14

Phone:  +44 (0)1904 462485


Research: Carmel specialises in environmental and human exposure to chemicals in the wider environment, including urban and residential areas and leads our activities relating to the fate and behaviour of plant toxins in the environment.
Carmel is also proficient in investigating the impact that agri-environment schemes and other policy drivers have on soil/water quality and ecosystem services.

Carmel’s work for commercial customers commonly includes bespoke experimental studies (including GLP-compliant studies) to generate data for dossier submission where specific (e.g. OECD) guidelines are currently unavailable, e.g. for biocides. She has expertise in generating environmental and human exposure scenarios for risk assessments and her work has been used to update policy advice regarding the recycling of ready-to-use pesticide containers in household waste. Carmel is a member of the UK Hard Surfaces Steering Group and a specialism is the fate of chemicals on hard surfaces. Carmel is actively involved in research and is involved in 2 EU projects – Knowpec (Knowledge for Pesticides Control) and NaToxAq (Natural Toxins and Drinking water Quality – From Source to Tap).



B10 Stockholm University (SU):

Prof. Matthew MacLeod

Supervisor for ESR1

Phone: +46 8 674 7168


Research: I am an environmental chemist and modeler studying factors that control human and environmental exposure to pollutants.   It is in society’s best interest to avoid pollutants that have high human and environmental exposure potential since the risk is the product of exposure and potency to cause damage.

In my research group, we use conceptual and mathematical models to quantify exposure, and we design and interpret laboratory experiments and field studies in environmental chemistry that inform exposure assessments and modeling.  The overall goals of our research are 1) to build a quantitative and process-level understanding of factors that determine exposure to environmental pollutants, and 2) to develop practical tools and guidance that supports rational management strategies for high exposure-potential pollutants.



Prof Ian Cousins

Co-Supervisor for ESR1

Phone: + 46 8 16 4012


Research: Research comprises a combination of modelling and experimental approaches to investigate the sources, transport, fate and exposure of chemical contaminants. A suite of modelling tools are used to: (i) estimate key physicochemical properties of chemicals, (ii) simulate the transport and fate of chemicals in outdoor and indoor environments, (iii) simulate the bioaccumulation of chemicals in food webs, (iv) estimate human exposure of chemicals and (iv) simulate the pharmacokinetics of chemicals in wildlife species and humans.

There has been much recent focus on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) which due to their unique environmental chemistry offer exciting new research opportunities. We work closely with analytical chemists in our department to better understand the behaviour of these and other substances.

P1 Veolia Water Technologies (Veolia), Krüger A/S:

Dr. Florian Wagner


Phone:  +45 4212 0873


Research: Florian Wagner is Process Engineer in the Drinking Water Treatment Department at Krüger A/S / Veolia Water Technologies. He is a specialist and has extensive experience in process design, start-up and commissioning, and optimization of biological, physical, and chemical drinking water treatment processes. He furthermore has broad knowledge about drinking water quality and microbiology. Florian has a PhD and a MSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Engineering from DTU Environment, Technical University of Denmark, where he was, besides research, also involved in teaching. His PhD research focused on the optimization of nitrification in biological granular media filters for drinking water production. Florian furthermore has considerable expertise in national and international R&D projects, and in transferring research results into applied technology                            

P2 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):

Dana Kolpin, Research Hydrologist


Phone:  +1319-358-3614


Research: Dana received his B.S. from Iowa State University and his M.S. from the University of Iowa (both in geology). Dana started his career with the USGS in 1986. His research interests include the fate, transport, and effects of environmental contaminants (e.g. pesticides, human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, hormones, etc.) in the environment. He was the project lead of the USGS Toxic Program’s CECs in the Environment Project ( for its entire history (1998 – 2017). He now project lead of the USGS Toxic Program’s newly formed Food Project (i.e. understanding the potential for health risks from contaminant exposures associated with production, manufacturing, use, and consumption of food, beverage, and feedstock products: He has published over 200 papers and reports on environmental contaminants. His paper "Pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other organic wastewater contaminants in U.S. streams, 1999-2000: A national reconnaissance" was a seminal paper on the occurrence of CECs in water resources, and was the first national-scale study of such compounds conducted in the United States. This paper has become the most heavily cited paper in Environmental Science & Technology history. He has published a diverse array of papers on the topic of environmental contaminants including research on CECs in landfills, changes in stream water chemistry and hydrology related to the closure of a wastewater treatment plant, detection of swine hepatitis E virus in streams, the transport of neonicotinoid insecticides in streams, the uptake of CECs into earthworms and into fish neural tissue, the occurrence of natural toxins (i.e. phytoestrogens and mycotoxins) in streams, and the first ever documentation of the off-field transport on nitrapyrin and herbicide safeners to streams. He most recent research interests include linking tap water quality to human health end points.                                                                  


Keith A. Loftin, Research Chemist, PhD



Research: Groundwater and surface water quality, pesticide and herbicide contamination, and pharmaceutical contamination

Laura Hubbard, Hydrologist


Phone:  +1608-821-3871


Research: Laura Hubbard is a Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Middleton, Wisconsin. As a member of the USGS Environmental Health Mission Area, she has been involved in national studies investigating urban and agricultural contaminants in groundwater and surface water, including viruses and pathogens, hormones, disinfection by-products, and pharmaceuticals. Laura earned a B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. in Earth Sciences (hydrology) from Indiana University.

P4 University of Barcelona (UB):

Dr. Oscar Núñez Burcio


Phone:  +34 9340 33706


Research: Dr. Oscar Núñez studied chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB) where he also received his PhD in 2004. He worked as visiting researcher for half a year in the development of on-line preconcentration methods using micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) at the University of Hyogo (Japan) in collaboration with Professor Shigeru Terabe (father of MEKC technique). Starting in October 2005, he joined Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan) as a two-year post-doc researcher working with Professor Nobuo Tanaka developing monolithic silica capillary columns under a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In November 2007 he joined UB again, working in the Chromatography, Capillary Electrophoresis and Mass Spectrometry research group. He has more than ninety scientific papers and book chapters to his name, and he is the editor of two books on LC-MS/MS and sample preparation techniques. He has extensive experience in the development of capillary electrophoresis, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and high resolution mass spectrometry methods, as well as sample treatment procedures for environmental and food analysis. Since 2010, his major research area include the characterization, classification and authentication of natural food products in the prevention of frauds by means of separation techniques, mass spectrometry and chemometrics, and the development of HRMS methodologies for the analysis of environmental contaminants.



P5 Agilent Technologies (AT):

Dr. Michael Rodamer


Phone:  +49 7243 602 2033


Research: Michael studied chemistry at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and holds a PhD in analytical chemistry. He has in depth knowledge on LC/MS method development and validation according to regulatory guidelines.
Since 9 years Michael works for Agilent Technologies in various roles. In his current position he is responsible for establishing and maintaining collaborations with academic institutions and partner laboratories in Europe. Moreover, Michael ,  as well as projects and training networks funded by the EU.
Beside the job Michael enjoys running and his little kids.



P6 VCS Denmark Ltd (VCS):

Water Quality Specialist Anne Esbjørn


Phone:  +45 4080 8458


Research: Anne Esbjørn is groundwater and drinking water quality specialist at VCS Denmark utility. Anne has a MSc degree in Environmental Engineering from DTU Environment, Technical University of Denmark, and made her MSc thesis in groundwater modelling. She has a broad knowledge about groundwater mapping, groundwater quality, the processes in water works, and the water quality from the water source (ground water) to consumers. Especially within the last years pesticides have  been a focus area for Anne, and she has been a key figure in the external communication of the topic. Anne furthermore has long experience with documented drinking water safety including risk assessment and risk management.                                                                                          


P7 Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (LIPS):

Prof. Juergen F. Kolb


Phone:  +49 (0) 38345543950


Research:  I am Professor for Bioelectrics at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology in Greifswald, Germany. I was appointed by the University of Rostock, Germany where I have my home in the Department of Applied Physics. Before I went to Greifswald, I was for almost 10 years with Old Dominion University doing research at the Center for Bioelectrics (before it even got this name), at the end becoming tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. My main research interest lies in medical and environmental applications of pulsed electric fields and non-thermal plasmas.                                                                                        


P8 Yorkshire Water (YW):

John Haley, Water Quality Strategy Manager


Phone:  +44 (0)345 1 24 24 24 (Yorkshire Water)


Research:  John qualified with a degree in chemistry and a Masters in Chemical Analysis. He has experience of a range of water quality, operational, regulation, process, R&D, and environmental activities within the water industry. He has worked for Yorkshire Water since 2000, with previous experience with a number of water companies and in consultancy, in a variety of roles. Currently John is Water Quality Strategy Manager with responsibilities for Drinking Water Safety Planning, Analytical Services, Water Quality Data and DWI Improvement Programmes along with grouped responsibilities as part of the Water Quality Leadership Team. As part of his role John works as part of groups which link Operational Business Units, Asset Management Innovation Delivery, and research partners.



P9 St. Galler Stadtwerke (SGS):

Dr. Rolf Stettler


Phone:  +41 71 224 50 31




P10 Aigües de Barcelona (AB):

MªRosa Boleda, PhD



Research: MªRosa Boleda, PhD in analytical Chemistry of environmental and pollution and degree in Organic Chemistry. She joined Aigües de Barcelona in 1990 and since 2010 she assumed the management in the Organic Chemistry Department in Water Quality Direction-AB. She has a broad knowledge about processes in wastewater and water works, and the water quality from the water source to consumers, especially in analysis and behaviour of organic contaminants. Author of more than 30 publications and presentations at national and international conferences. She has participated in several national and international projects.



Agustina de la Cal, PhD



Research: Agustina de la Cal, PhD has been working in the field of water pollution since 2001. She holds an MSc and a PhD in Analytical Environmental Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (Spain). Her research, performed at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) in Barcelona and the Wageningen University (The Netherlands), dealt with the development of analytical methodologies to determine the presence and bioavailability of organic contaminants in the aquatic environment. Since 2009 she works at the Organic Chemistry Laboratory of Aigües de Barcelona, where her area of expertise has focused on wastewater treatment and drinking water production quality.

P11 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH):

Prof. Kristopher McNeill


Phone: + 41 44 632 47 55


Research: Kristopher McNeill is Professor of Environmental Chemistry at ETH Zurich since 2009. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. As a PhD student, he studied organometallic chemistry with Professors Robert G. Bergman and Richard A. Andersen. Dr. McNeill then worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Philip Gschwend at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1997 to 1999 studying the environmental chemistry of a benzene-polluted lake near Woburn, MA. Dr. McNeill started as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota in January 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006. His research group studies environmentally important chemical reactions in natural waters. In particular, his group focuses on the catalytic and photocatalytic degradation of pollutants in aquatic systems.



P11 RWTH Aachen University:

Dr. Werner Brack

See B2 UFZ above