Laboratory for water, soil, waste control

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Laboratory for water, soil, waste control
Head of Laboratory: Laura CHIRIAC
Phone: +40 21 410 03 77 / 110

Main research directions:

  • Development and validation of advanced methods using chromatographic techniques (HPLC-DAD, LC-MS/MS, GC-ECD/FID, GC-ECD/FPD, GC-MS/MS, GC-HRMS, HS-GC-MS/MS) for the detection of different classes of emerging contaminants: drugs (antibiotics, antipyretics, diuretics, antiseptics, analgesics, anti-inflammatory, cytostatics, estrogen hormones), pesticides (organochlorine compounds, organophosphorus, herbicides), endocrine disruptors (Bisphenol A and derivatives, organic UV filters, diastereoisomers of hexabromocyclododecane, perfluorinated derivatives), dioxins and furans and (bio)degradation products in environmental samples (surface water, wastewater, sewage sludge, soil) and biota;
  • Quantification methods of some new chemical parameters, recently introduced in the Romanian and European legislation for the quality control of drinking water intended for human consumption (PFAS, haloacetic acids, microcystin)
  • Bioaccumulation and biodegradation of emerging contaminants (xenobiotic substances included in the priority or substances list or in the watch lists related to EU directives) with potential endocrine disruptor and carcinogen from abiotic environmental factors in aquatic organisms and plants;
  • Assessment of the level of contamination of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems with drugs, pesticides, endocrine disruptors, metals and their degradation products;
  • Assessment of metal content in surface waters (inland and coastal) and sediments using sensitive and specific spectrometric methods for detection at trace levels (ppb, ppt) using techniques: : ICP-OES-HG, ICP-EOS-USN, AFS, LC- ICP-MS;
  • Assessment of contamination of surface water and wastewater with microplastics and pollutants adsorbed on them;
  • Methodologies for predicting bioaccumulation of toxic metals from polluted soil to aromatic and medicinal plants using soil characterization data and mobile metal fraction.