Formation and effects of transformation products formed during advanced oxidated processes in waste water treatment plants

Wastewater contains a wide range of potentially hazardous compounds. Although these are often only present in low concentrations several compounds cannot be completely, or only at low quantities, removed and are therefore introduced into our water bodies. To avoid the accumulation of these and/or a potential risk to aquatic organisms and humans a further treatment step (chemical or photolytic) can be implemented. Here these potentially hazardous compounds are degradated, but only few substance specific processes and the formed metabolites are often not identified yet. Thereby the formation of toxic metabolites is possible. This projects focuses on the characterization of degradation processes for a few compounds as well as the identification of metabolites and the potential effects on aquatic organisms.


  • PhD student: Oliver Knoop
  • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Torsten Schmidt (UDE, Chemistry)
  • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bend Sures (UDE, Biology)
  • Mentor: Prof. Dr. Elke Dopp (IWW Water Centre and Bayer MaterialScience AG)