Our expertise related to COVID-19
Monitoring of wastewater, especially drugs, contrast agents, hormones and their metabolites, toxic metals, resistant microorganisms to ATB and also resistance genes or RNA fragments of viruses – since 2020 focusing on SARS-CoV-2. Effective removal of pathogenes and pollutants from wastewater or drinking water, e.g. by membrane technologies in combination with advanced oxidation techniques.
Our research center focuses on issues related mainly to the monitoring, behavior and impact (especially toxicity) of microplastics and micropollutants (hormones, drugs, medicines, pesticides and their metabolites or degradation products) on various components of the environment. Our research activities are also focused on development of possible technologies capable of effective degrading or removing the given pollution, especially in various types of water (dominantly drinking and wastewater) or environmental loads. An important part of the research in these laboratories are various biological procedures (usability of wood-destroying fungi, aquatic plants or algae),oxidation procedures and their modifications (e.g. Fenton reaction, UV / photolysis, usability of BDD electrodes and ferrates (FeVI) with the possibility of encapsulation), nanotechnology (production and applications of nano and microbots), nanomaterials (based on carbon, metals and silicon) as well as membrane technologies. The above activities are mainly associated with development or testing of new and effective technologies and their combinations with application in the environment but also in nanomedicine.