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Environmental chemistry

Environmental chemistry studies the sources and emission processes of anthropogenic substances, their distribution in the environment and society, conversion reactions, purification techniques and connections to effects (on both the environment and human beings). The field covers both applied issues and basic science, including method development in the lab and in the field. Environmental chemistry has strong links to, e.g., biology, geology, medicine and the engineering sciences.


Bacteria indicate disturbance

Bacteria community composition gives important information on disturbances to marine environment.

Latest news

Umeå Energi collaborates with doctoral students on environmental issues

The Industrial Doctoral School projects provide important knowledge for the future.

A non-target hunt for hazardous substances

Andriy Rebryk has developed a method for non-target screening for potentially harmful substances.

Large EU project on risk assessment of chemicals starts

PARC is a new chemistry research project funded by the EU, with over 200 partners from 28 countries.

Chemists on IVA's 100 list

Christiane Funk and Venkata Krishna Kumar Upadhyayula are on IVA's list over sustainable research.

New method to clean contaminated sediments

Researchers have been awarded SEK 4 million to test a new method for cleaning contaminated sediments.

Testing designed carbon materials to purify wastewater

Mirva shows that the capacity of the tested carbon materials to separate organic water pollution was low.

Drug residues make bottom-dwelling animals walking pills

Annelie Lagesson shows that small bottom-dwelling organisms are the largest recipients of drug residues.


Biogeochemical Analytical Facility (BAF)
The instrument facility for biogeochemical analyses at KBC and EMG
Research vessels Gulf of Bothnia
At Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF), research vessels are available for research and environmental monitoring. UMF conducts regular sampling...
The Mesocosm facility
Conduct large scale water and sediment experiments under highly controlled conditions.
Trace Analysis Platform (TAP)
Trace analysis of small molecules in complex matrices, such as environmental and biological samples.
Umeå ancient DNA lab
A DNA-free lab for ancient DNA laboratory works

Research projects

Mechanistic principles of methylmercury formation in anaerobe microbial biofilms
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2025
Type of project Research project
SafeSed – Safe and non-destructive removal of contaminants from sediments
Duration 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2023
Type of project Research project
Development of sustainable and biobased UV filter chemicals
Duration 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022
Type of project Research project