We study the chemical behavior, bioavailability and mobility of nutrients and contaminants. Our research contributes to a sustainable use of the soil as a natural resource for the provision of ecosystem services (relevant for nature, agriculture, environment). Areas in which results of our research are applied are: soil pollution and soil protection, soil fertility, soil remediation, (ground)water quality and soil risk assessment.
Major research challenges:
- to identify the underlying processes that control the actual risks of contaminant mobility and bioavailability in the soil environment.
- to develop methods for the measurement and/or prediction of the relevant contaminant fractions (speciation) and the associated risks of contaminant migration and uptake by biota (plants and soil organisms).
- to characterize soil particles and soil particle interactions affecting bioavailability and mobility of contaminants and nutrients
The applicability for real world problems is diverse. Usually, the problems studied concern the fate of nutrients or contaminants. However, also soil remediation questions, water quality issues, soil formation problems, aspects of risk analysis, soil protection (e.g. determination of soil standards), and soil fertility may benefit from the outcome of this research.
Students can learn more about the education and research related to this discipline by visiting the website of the Soil Chemistry and Chemical Soil Quality group. Together with the Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality group it forms the Department of Soil Quality.