Environmental Fate Model development

We are interested in the study of the environmental pathways and behaviour of chemicals. This is mainly done with the development, calibration and validation of environmental multimedia models, at various scales in time and space; in particular models for the prediction of the behaviour of chemicals at a regional scale, but also soil models, surface water models, air dispersion models, food web models etc.

Bioaccumulation of chemicals in vegetation

Among the most recent research interests there is the attempt of modelling bioaccumulation of chemicals in vegetation and to show the potential for the plant biomass to deplete pollutant from the air compartment. Field and laboratory studies are carried out as part of the research in order to derive critical fluxes and quantify the mechanisms necessary to fill the gaps in model development.

Remediation of Contaminated Sites

Remediation techniques are investigated, especially Bio- and Rhizoremediation, for some categories of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and metals.

Fate of (emerging) micropollutants in the aquatic environment and their reduction

Micropollutants in water, especially pharmaceuticals and personal care products are a current object or research. This includes techniques to reduce their concentration in WWTP and to model their fate in WWTPs and the environment.

Integration of models

Additional interest is also recently devoted towards the integration of several types of environmental fate and bioaccumulation models into spatially explicit and dynamic formulations. The importance of time and space in driving concentration variations in the environment is fully acknowledged when more precision and accuracy is needed in the prediction.