University of Wien (UVIE)


The University of Vienna (UVIE) is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest universities of Central Europe. 72,000 students are currently enrolled at the University and the 6,000 members of the scientific staff engage in teaching and research.

The Department of Environmental Geosciences focuses research activities in five fields: Nanogeosciences, Environmental Contaminants and Hydrogeology, Biogeochemistry and Isotope Geochemistry. It has currently > 25 scientific staff from 7 countries and maintains a world leading infrastructure for the characterization of nanoparticles in complex media.

The Department of Environmental Geosciences has a 15 years practical experience in nanoparticlerelated research in the environment, the development of methods to analyse nanoparticles in natural media and the classical environmental colloid chemistry. Besides the Naogeosciences focus of the Department, where the occurrence, behaviour and role of nanoparticles and colloids in the environment is investigated, researchers of the department are active in developing quantitative methods for analysing ENM in complex media as water, soil, sediment and food (FP7 NANOLYSE, CEFIC), investigating the fate and behaviour of ENM in the environment and develop standard tests and models for exposure assessment (CEFIC and OECD). Another group is investigating the basic principles of PAH sorption to MWCNTs and the application of ENM (nZVI) in environmental engineering. Target ENM are currently: TiO2, SiO2, nanoAg, nanoAu, nZVI, MWCNT.

Current projects related to MARINA:
EU-FP7: Nanolyse - Nanoparticles in Food: Analytical methods for detection and characterisation CEFIC-ECETOC: Detection, Fate and Uptake of ENM in Aquatic Systems. National: Bioinorganic nanoparticles as transport vehicles for iron in the continental runoff; BiGNano: investment project to further improve nano-analytical infrastructure, 2.3 Mio ". Bi-lateral AUT-GER: Development of quantitative methods to determine the appearance of ENM in environmental media.

Dr. Frank von der Kammer
Althanstrasse 14
1090 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 427753380
Fax: +43 1 427753399

Frank von der Kammer
Frank von der Kammer