Organic environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology (OMK)

Last changed: 01 February 2024
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The Division of Environmental Organic Chemistry and Ecotoxicology focuses on understanding the environmental aspects of organic chemicals, with main focus on sources, transport, fate and effects in the aquatic environment.

Our goal is to develop advanced analytical methods and cutting-edge tools for improved monitoring and research at different scales and in various matrices. 

Management and staff

Head of division: Karin Wiberg
Faculty professor: Karin Wiberg
Professor: Lutz Ahrens

Staff at the division of organic environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology


We study a variety of organic contaminants ranging from legacy to emerging pollutants, with main focus on current-use pesticides, perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs), pharmaceuticals, and endocrine disruptor chemicals.

Environmental monitoring and assessment

Our division has the responsibility for the national pesticide monitoring program on behalf of the Swedish EPA, which includes monitoring of pesticides in surface water, ground water and sediments in agricultural areas of Sweden, and also monitoring in deposition and air. We are also involved in the SLU Centre for Pesticides in the Environment (CKB) and interact intensively with different stakeholders for continuous knowledge transfer and improved management of chemical risks.