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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 |

Environmental fate and chemical transformation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Project duration: 2011 - 2013

Collaborating institute: - Western Norway Research Institute, Sogndal, Fossahaugane Campus. Norway. - Fertilizers Research Institute, Silesian University of Technology, Poland

Project description:

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are ubiquitous pollutants which derive from oil reserves, fossil fuel combustion, volcanic eruptions, incineration and biomass combustion. Their mutagenic and carcinogenic character is extensively studied, however their environmental fate and chemical transformation processes are still unclear and represent a central part in environmental chemistry frontiers. This project aims to classify and systematize the rate of transformation, migration patterns and fate of pyrogenic and petrogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, for a better understanding of these ubiquitous pollutants, and their effect on human health and the environment.

Keywords: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pollutants, air to soil, soil to air, sedimentation, photolytic transformation, chemical transformation.

Project participants: Manzetti S., Gluzinska J., Andersen O.



Manzetti S., Gluzinska J., Andersen O. Determination of Degradation rates of PAHs in the environment. ISPAC 2013 in Corvallis, Oregon September 8-12. Website: Full program available.

Manzetti S. (2013). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the environment; environmental fate and transformation. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, 33:311-330.

Manzetti S (2012). Chemical and Electronic Properties of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: A Review. In: Handbook of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Chemistry, Occurrence and Health Issues. Eds: Bandeira GC and Meneses HE. Chemistry Research and Applications Series. Environmental Remediation Technologies, Regulations and Safety. Nova Science Publishers.

Manzetti S. (2012). Ecotoxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, aromatic amines and nitroarenes from molecular properties. Environmental Chemistry Letters,10:349-361.

Manzetti S. (2011). Are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from fossil emissions potential hormone-analogue sources for modern man? Pathophysiology. 19:65-7.




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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