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- Functionalization of nanotubes
- Organiic synthesis
- Polyelectrolytes
- TEM imaging

Environmental chemistry:

- Analysis of pollutants
- Purification methods
- Soil and water samples


Research Areas

- Toxicology
- Energy Sciences
- Pollution dynamics
- Water pollution circulation
- Life cycle of pollutants
- Heavy Metals
- Molecular interactions
- Environmental remediation
- Waste management
- Exotic Materials



Fjordforsk A.S. Midtun, 6894 Vangsnes, Norway. 911659654 |

Life-cycle and environmental fate assessment of antibiotics in the environment.


Collaborating Institute:

A. Prof. Rossella Ghisi, Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and Environment, University of Padova, Viale dell'Università 16, 35020 Legnaro (PD)
Tel. 049 8272910-37 Fax 049 8272929


Project duration: 2013 - 2015

Project description:

Antibiotics deriving from agricultural, medical and production facilties represent an emerging class of pollutants in the environment. A series of studies have been published in context with antibiotics in soil and aquatic samples and agricultural manure. However a series of questions remain in context with their degradation, biotransformation and accumulation, encompassing the food chain, aquatic and terrestrial environments as well as ground water reserves. In this context, this project aims to map the gravity of these emerging pollutants in the environment, their chemical and microbial degradation patterns, as well as measures taken in various countries to limit the degree of contamination of ground water and food sources.

Keywords: Antibiotics, contamination, waters, food, purification methods, microbial degradation, transformation.

Project participants: Manzetti S. and Ghisi R.


Manzetti S and Ghisi R. (2014). Environmental release and fate of antibiotics. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 79: 7–15


Fig. Cycle of transformation of antibiotics from production to several instances in the food chain.


Fig 2. Secretion path in animals and humans of a thienamycin.







Fjordforsk is a member of the American Chemical Society. Please visit the society following the logo below.

Ongoing programs



Industrial Doctorate program in Environmental Chemistry at Uppsala University.

Dr. Phil. program in Mathematics at University of Oslo.

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