Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology e.V.

IUTA is one of the largest process engineering Institutes in the sector of energy- and environmental technology in Germany. The main focus, with 140 employees, is the applied research and development together with industrial partners by which scientific knowledge is transferred to new or optimized processes or products. Additionally IUTA is doing research on organic micropollutants for more than 15 years. By research in different projects, IUTA developed and established instrumental (LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, 2D-LC-HRMS) as well as effect based detection methods. In the field of waste water treatment, IUTA is working on development and evaluation of new processes (e.g. Ozonation, UV, UV/H2O2, UV/TiO2, Adsorption on activated carbon and activated coke) for micropollutant elimination. Besides basic orientated issues as the formation and toxicity of transformation products, the focus is on effectivity and effectiveness of waste water treatment processes.

Field: Environmental hygiene & trace substances

Many drugs used in human or veterinary medicine have a considerable toxic and ecotoxic potential already at very low concentrations. Therefore, effective measures to protect workers and the environment are required for production, storage, transportation, preparation, use and disposal of these materials and contaminated materials.
The field "environmental hygiene & trace substances" is engaged in research and development to improve the occupational safety and environmental protection when working with toxic drugs, especially cytostatics and antibiotics, as well as trace elements. The focus of the activities are methods for the treatment of problematic waste water and the reduction of micro-pollutants.

The development and study of oxidative processes with hydroxyl radicals and ozone as reagent represent one focus. In addition, services are offered for trace analysis of organic compounds, pharmaceutical monitoring and screening tests by mass spectrometry.

The detection and assessment of pollution indoors (public, private and commercial) by undesirable substances are another focal point of this field. These substances can be introduced by construction work, furniture or industrial applications. Since it is common in our latitudes to spend the vast part of the day in enclosed spaces, such substances can have serious impact on the health and well-being. IUTA provides almost all chemical studies for the interior region and at the same time such problems are interesting from a scientific perspective.

Jochen Türk (Dr.) is head of the field environmental hygiene & trace elements.

After successfully completing vocational training in the field of wastewater technology, Nicolai Bätz completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of Bielefeld in Environmental Science. His bachelor thesis deals with acute toxic effects of environmental pollutants on nematodes. He also completed his master's degree in environmental sciences at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt. He prepared his master's thesis in the Department of Aquatic Ecotoxicology. The subject is the effect-based measuring of bioavailable substances from passive samplers.

Fabian Itzel obtained his Bachelor and Master degree in „Water-Science“(Microbiology, Chemistry and Analytics) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His Bachelor Thesis, he did at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) in the Department of Microbiology. The work was about the development of an innovative point of use water filter. In his Master studies, he focused on water treatment technology and did his Master Thesis at the water works of Düsseldorf. There he did research on biostability and biofilmformation with regard to a chlorine free water distribution in the city of Düsseldorf.