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ECTN-2 • Work Package 07

Remediation (environmental)

Updated: 11-01-2014 23:10


Milt Karayannis, University of Ioannina, GR


Arne van der Gen, Leiden University, NL; Bengt Jergil, University of Lund, SE; George Francis, University of Bergen, NO; Gustavo Avitabile, University of Napoli, IT; Mudis Salkauskas, University of Vilnius, LT; Sasha Kalcheva, UCTM-Sofia, BG; Sergio Facchetti, IT; Tr. Albanis, University of Ioannina, GR; Uri Zoller, Haifa University, Israel; William Hogland, Kalmar University, SE.

Aim of the group


The working group “Remediation” was established during the plenary ECTN meeting in Lund, April 2001. The goal of the working group is to collect information of environmental problems of participating countries regarding pollution and propose measures to solve them. A second task is to find how Chemistry and Chemical Engineering are involved to solve remediation problems. Members of the group working on relevant areas presented different remediation techniques based on Chemical-, Bio- and Phyto- remediation. Case studies on these three fields were presented where the importance of Chemistry was highlighted. National and International laws and acts were also discussed during the two meetings of the group in Athens ( April 2002) and Perugia (May 2002). The group members discussed also the possibility of including elements of “environmental pollution” and “Remediation Principles” in the chemistry curricula of undergraduate and graduate programs. The preliminary results of the working group were presented in two meetings:

  • i) The group leader participated in the “8th FECS Conference on Chemistry and the Environment: Chemistry for a Sustaining World” held in Athens on August 31st – September 4th, 2002 and 

  • ii) The group leader was also invited to give a lecture bearing the title “Results from the Working Groups of the ECTN (European Chemistry Thematic Network): How Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry can contribute in Teaching Environmental Sciences” during the works of the 3rd Aegean Analytical Chemistry Days held in Lesvos island on September 29th - October 2nd 2002. 

Some of the results of the working group were also discussed within relevant groups in which the group leader is participating as a member (DAC/FECS). New ideas for avoiding pollution in the environment by introducing new materials and methods in chemical education training and chemical industry was also included during the discussion between the members. This links the remediation problems with the new ideas on “Green Chemistry”.

Period of Activity





Final report: Remediation Report / PDF 208 Kb - published in ECTN NewsLetter 2002