Clean Environment

Working together on better practices and processes to create a cleaner planet

Environmental pollution is a planetary boundary already exceeded, driven by human practices, production, and consumption. This poses serious threats to planetary health.
Through our focus area on clean environment , we strive to develop a profound understanding of the impact of anthropogenic pollution on environmental systems. We design novel, environmentally friendly materials and greener processes. We are harnessing the rich scientific knowledge available at the University of Vienna—bringing together diverse backgrounds from environmental, chemical, physical, biological, social, and political sciences to address these challenges. To achieve the goal of a clean environment and zero pollution, we need not only excellent scientific understanding and technological innovation to inform solutions, but also significant advances in society, governance, and regulation.

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News and Stories

  • 16.04.2024

    ECH-Director Thilo Hofmann at the EGU Press Conference

    The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2024 took place[...]

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  • 17.01.2024

    Review: Semester Question Panel Discussion – „What Will Our Future be Made of?“

    Energy transition, circular economy, self-repairing cities: what innovative materials are needed to[...]

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  • 09.01.2024

    Shape Matters: How Microplastic Travels That Far

    How far microplastics travel in the atmosphere depends crucially on particle shape,[...]

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  • 25.09.2023

    How Does the Use of Plastics in Agriculture Become More Sustainable?

    It is impossible to imagine modern agriculture without plastics. 12 million tonnes[...]

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  • 21.07.2023

    Tracking down Microplastics in the Air

    Tiny plastic particles, also known as microplastics, are polluting rivers and oceans.

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  • 12.07.2023

    Plastic Waste: Pollution in Lakes Sometimes Higher Than in the Ocean

    Global data on microplastic pollution of freshwaters has been lacking until now.

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  • 28.06.2023

    Pollutants Go through the Stomach

    Pesticides, contaminated food or packaging chemicals – pollutants from food and the[...]

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  • 05.05.2023

    Nuno Maulide Receives ERC Proof of Concept Grant

    The chemist and ECH member Nuno Maulide has been awarded an ERC[...]

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  • 13.03.2023

    Researching for the Next Nitrogen Revolution

    Petra Pjevac, Holger Daims and Michael Wagner from the University of Vienna[...]

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  • Projects

  • 08.01.2024

    IrrevoChrom: Irreversible Organic Electrochromic Links for Tamperproof

    Laura Maggini from the Department of Chemistry is leading the „IrrevoChrom“ project.

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  • 01.01.2024

    playNICE: Interplay Between Biological Nitrification Inhibitors, Nitrogen Cycling, and Agronomic Nitrogen Use Efficiency

    Petra Pjevac at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CMESS)[...]

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  • 01.01.2024

    Occurrence and Remediation of PFAS

    Thilo Hofmann at the Department of Geosciences is leading the „Ocurrence and[...]

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  • 01.10.2023

    Biodegradable Plastics in Compost

    Thilo Hofmann at the Department of Geosciences is leading the Biodegradable Plastics[...]

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  • 09.01.2023

    MECS: Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage

    Leticia Gonzalez at the Institute of Theoretical Chemistry is part of the[...]

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  • 01.01.2023

    INNORES: Innores: Innovation Residues – Modes and Infrastructures of Caring for Our Longue-Durée Environmental Futures

    Ulrike Felt at the Department of Science and Technology Studies is leading[...]

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  • 01.03.2021

    SWAIN: Sustainable Watershed Management Through IoT-Driven Artificial Intelligence

    Atakan Aral at the Department of Computer Science is leading the „SWAIN“[...]

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  • Seed Funding Projects

  • 29.01.2024

    Assessing Biodegradation of Dopamine-Based Electrochromic Formulations for Ultra-Low Power Flexible Displays by Environmental Microbial Communities

    The disposal of electronics comes with many sustainability issues and has been[...]

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  • 29.01.2024

    Plant Root Exudates as Prophage Inducers

    The misuse and overuse of antibiotics in human healthcare as well as[...]

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  • Our Focus Areas

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