Environmental Chemistry Laboratory LCE
Our long-term goal is to use the knowledge gained from our research to improve existing water treatment systems, and develop novel, more effective methods, if possible at a low cost.
The complex nature of our research topics requires that we use a combination of (photo-) chemical, molecular biological and modeling tools. We thus are an interdisciplinary group that involves researchers with a background in chemistry, biology or environmental science and engineering
Viruses could become harder to kill
A recent EPFL study shows that pathogenic viruses may be able to develop resistance to warm temperatures and some types of disinfectant. That – combined with global warming and more frequent and longer heat waves – could make it even harder to keep them from spreading.
Covid-19: using wastewater to track the pandemic
EPFL researchers, working in association with the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), have developed a method for detecting the novel coronavirus in wastewater samples. Their method has been tested successfully on samples collected during the first phase of the pandemic, paving the way to an early-stage warning system.