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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 indicate disturbance

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

Latest news

New method to clean contaminated sediments
New method to clean contaminated sediments

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

Chemists on IVA
Chemists on IVA's 100 list

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

Testing designed carbon materials to purify wastewater
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
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
The Mesocosm Facility is one of Europe's most modern and advanced.
Trace Analysis Platform (TAP)
The trace analysis platform (TAP) at the Department of Chemistry, Umeå University aims to provide state-of-the-art equipment, instrumentation, user...

Research projects

Development of sustainable and biobased UV filter chemicals
Research subject: Environmental chemistry
Duration 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022
Type of project Research project
Removal of pollutants from wastewater by photosynthetic microorganisms
Duration 11 March 2019 until 31 December 2023
Type of project PhD project
The role of oxidative stress, perceived stress and exposure in building related intolerance
Research subject: Environmental chemistry, Psychology
Duration 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2019
Type of project Research project
Reasons and solutions for the dioxin problem in the Baltic Sea
Duration 1 December 2009 until 30 November 2011
Type of project Research project