Environmental Chemistry is the study of sources, reactions, transport, effects and fate of chemical species in the environment, and it is based on the application of chemical rather than biological methods and results. The fate of chemicals includes reversible and irreversible sorption, intra and inter compartment transportation, chemical transformation and degradation. Environmental Chemistry is both very broad and highly interdisciplinary, and the participation of several Danish and one Swedish University within RECETO provides an excellent setting for post graduate research within environmental chemistry.
Several research groups within RECETO are working on the different aspects of environmental chemistry particularly within the terrestrial environment.
Examples include (1) analytical chemistry targeted at trace levels of pollutants, (2) speciation, sorption and exposure of soil pollutants, (3) fate and transformation processes of natural toxins and (4) the environmental behavior and fate of industrial pollutants and pesticides. Important aims of this research is to improve our understanding of environmental processes and phenomena, the assessment of the environmental risk posed by chemicals and also to find improved remediation strategies of e.g. soil pollution.