- Nano- and microplastics in the environment
- Analysis of organic and inorganic micropollutants
- Antibiotic resistance in the environment
- Microbial communities in water, soils and sediments
The GR-CEL is equipped with cutting-edge instruments for the analysis of organic and inorganic compounds in various matrices.
Unraveling the secrets of microplastics released by tires
In Switzerland, tire and road wear particles are one of the biggest sources of microplastics released into the environment, yet the chemical compounds contained in those particles – and their effects – remain largely a mystery. To remedy that knowledge gap, scientists at EPFL and two other Swiss research institutes are conducting a study of the toxicity of tire-particle compounds and how readily they’re absorbed by living organisms. The first phase of the study has just been completed.
Six new CROSS projects on the theme of crisis
The 2023 edition of the CROSS (Collaborative Research on Science and Society) program invited researchers from EPFL and the University of Lausanne to submit proposals for joint projects on the theme of crisis. These projects combine natural sciences and engineering with social sciences and humanities to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society.
Science is revealing the scale of microplastic pollution
Plastics are everywhere in our environment, even inside living organisms. This article looks at the impact of this major pollution risk and accompanies our report on the SEA Plastics expedition, which is currently crisscrossing the Mediterranean to raise awareness of the issue.