Mittwoch, 06. April 2022, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

ERN-Environmental Engagements: talks

Michael Zumstein "Biodegradable Chemicals for the Environment: Opportunities and Research Needs"



About the talk:

While synthetic chemicals play an important role in numerous aspects of human life, their release into the environment has become a major concern. The replacement of persistent chemicals with alternatives that biodegrade in receiving environments is often discussed as a promising approach for the mitigation of environmental pollution. In this talk, I will provide an environmental biochemist´s perspective on this environmental benign-by-design approach and highlight chances and risks thereof. The focus will be on two examples from our own research in this area: the biodegradation of plastics in agricultural soils and the biotransformation of antibiotics in wastewater. Throughout the talk, the emphasis will be on key lessons learned and on knowledge gaps that need to be addressed to inform the development of more sustainable chemicals.

About the speaker:

Michael Zumstein is a junior group leader at the Department of Environmental Geosciences (Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science) at the University of Vienna. He received a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in biochemistry from ETH Zurich and a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the same university. Before joining the University of Vienna, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. The research of his group focuses on the biotransformation and biodegradation of anthropogenic chemicals in natural and engineered environments.

Language: English

When: 06.04.2022, 17:00-18:30 (45 min Talk, 45 min Q&A)

Where: Zoom []

Meeting-ID: 610 7366 2510

Kenncode: 867843

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