Workshop on September 21/22, 2023

Investigation methods for pollutant degradation in contaminated sites

The two-day workshop deals with the most important detection methods for the biological degradation of various groups of pollutants (CFC, BTEX, PAH, MKW, pesticides). The basics of isotope methods (component-specific isotope analysis CSIA, BACTRAPS), metabolite investigations, molecular biological methods (qPCR), fingerprinting are taught > (GC-MS) and laboratory microcosms. To this end, we carry out laboratory demonstrations and practical exercises. Together with engineering companies, we use concrete examples to discuss the consideration of pollutant degradation processes in various remediation strategies (remediation in connection with MNA, preparation and success control of in situ processes, aftercare of pump-and-treat), this year with a special focus on climate-related effects.



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€375 plus VAT including lunch and dinner

Non-binding mail to by June 30, 2023

Authorities, engineering offices, those responsible for remediation

The course is suitable for experts on soil protection and contaminated sites according to Section 36 GewO and Section 18 BBodSchG.

We recommend reading two articles in the spectrum of contaminated sites 02/2018 and 03/2018
Natural Attenuation – monitoring procedures and remediation concepts Progress Report (Part 1)
Natural Attenuation – Monitoring methods and remediation concepts – a progress report (Part 2) < /b>

Century Hotel Leipzig, Prager Str. 153
Balance Hotel Leipzig, Breslauer Str. 33


Day 1 Thursday, September 21, 2023: Microbiological and isotope chemical methods

09:30 Welcome and organizational matters

10:00 Start

1. Introduction to natural and stimulated pollutant reduction processes, Dr. Petra Bombach
2. Investigation stages for pollutant degradation in contaminated sites – from qualitative degradation indication to quantitative remediation control, Dr. Heinrich Eisenmann

10:45 In situ methods – Part 1: qualitative methods

3. Pollutant Distribution Pattern & GC/MS screening for forensic examination and degradation exploration, Dr. Anko Fischer
4. Metabolite analyzes to investigate the BTEX & PAH degradation, Dr. Kevin Kuntze
5. Enantiomers of pharmaceuticals and pesticides, Dr. Kevin Kuntze

12:00 Lunch and lab demonstrations

13:30 In situ methods – Part 2: quantitative methods

6. qPCR analyzes to determine the abundance of pollutant-degrading microorganisms, Dr. Kevin Kuntze
7. Component-specific isotope analyzes as an efficient tool for evaluating and quantifying degradation processes, Dr. Henry Eisenman
8. In situ microcosms (BACTRAPs) with isotopically labeled pollutants, Dr. Petra Bombach

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Laboratory Methods

9. Laboratory tests to prepare for in situ remediation procedures, Dr. Petra Bombach
10. Laboratory microcosms with 13C-labeled pollutants to determine mineralization rates, Dr. Petra Bombach

until 17:30 Discussion

11. All very complex. Three questions about the use of pollutant degradation in the remediation of contaminated sites.Dr. Heinrich Eisenmann

from 7 p.m. Dinner together in the Greek restaurant Pellorus at the Monument to the Battle of the Nations

Day 2 Friday, September 22, 2023: Investigation of degradation processes as part of certain remediation strategies

08:45 Combining monitoring and remediation concepts

12. Understanding substance conversion processes underground – investigation methods of the future, Dr. Kevin Kuntze

13. Practical example 1: in planning stage

10:15 am Coffee break

10:45 Dismantling monitoring and remediation concepts

14. Practical example 2: in planning stage

15. Practical example 3: in planning stage

12:00 Lunch and lab demonstrations

13:30 Practical exercise

16. Conception and evaluation of groundwater monitoring in the processing of contaminated sites

until 3:45 p.m. final talk

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