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Pyrolysed sewage sludge for remediation of contaminated soils

Paper published in the Science of the Total Environment

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Long-term behaviour of Fe nanoparticles in contaminated soil

Paper published in the Environmental Science: Nano!

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Soil water content affects metalloid immobilisation by Fe and biochar sorbents

Paper published in the Soil Use and Management!

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Invitation to lecture by Prof. Ajit Sarmah from Auckland

Biochar to mitigate carbon footprint: 19th July 2023 at 10 am in D424

Filming in our laboratories

New teaching methods include video tutorials

Da Vinci students visited our laboratories

WATER analysis: streams, ponds, quarries, wells, and swimming pools


Invitation to lectures by Professor Daniel C.W. Tsang

Biochar in green remediation: 7th June 2023 at 2 pm

Peer-review publishing today: 8th June 2023 at 10 am

Conference announcement: ICOBTE and ICHMET 2023

biogeochemistry, trace elements, metal(loid)s etc.


Sewage sludge composted with wood chips

Field application on our experimental plots near Ústí nad Labem

Road-side dust from central Jakarta, Indonesia

Traffic is a major source of risk metal(loid)s in Jakarta dust

Read our publication here.

Choose your soil amendment wisely

ZVI nanoparticles offered no advantage over microparticles in contaminated soil

Paper published in Applied Geochemistry

Student Field Practice at contaminated site near Příbram

Geological excursions and sampling of soil and water

Electron microscopy helps get to the source of soil pollution

Collaboration between scientists and analytical instrument producers

Excellent Editorial Board Member Award

Congratulations to Michael Komárek!

Biochar for soil phytomanagement – Invitation to seminar by Dr. Domenico Morabito

Wednesday 16th March 2022 at 10.30 am in room D217


Application of iron-based amendments to contaminated soils

Start of the field experiments in two different localities

Cooperation with the University of Rennes 1, France

Barbora Hudcová's internship on complexation modeling


Field application of treated sewage sludge in agriculture

To compost or to pyrolyze? That is the question!

1st V4 Biochar Conference (ONLINE) hosted by CZU

Biochar not only for agriculture and industry


Slag leaching properties and release of contaminants

Book chapter published by The Royal Society of Chemistry!

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Opening the isotope fractionation black box

Published in Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology

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Soil moisture influences performance of soil stabilizing amendments

Soil chemistry associated with soil’s physical and hydraulic properties

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Cd isotope fractionation after complexation with humic acids

Great accomplishment in Environmental Science & Technology!

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Application of composted sewage sludge to brownfield soil

Look into our fieldwork near Ústí nad Labem!

Leaching from contaminated soils – non-hazardous or hazardous?

The role of Fe- and Mn-based soil amendments in pollution mitigation

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Natural and synthetic zeolites perspectives for soil remediation

Sustainability and efficient zinc retention by zeolites prepared from waste

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Field research of nanosorbent geochemistry and ecotoxicology in soils

Fieldwork at our experimental site in Suchdol started!

See our unique set-up!

NEW PROJECTS in 2021: Sewage sludge – Nanosorbents – Nanoremediation

Three fundamental/applied research projects of our group successfully funded!

PUBLICATION: Minimum toxicological risk of nanoiron on grass seed germination

Agrostis capillaris and Festuca rubra as potential phytostabilizing plants

This publication available here.

Cooperation with the University of Wuppertal, Germany

Aikaterini Mitzia did an internship on a unique biogeochemical microcosm.


PUBLICATION: Health risk assessment of metal(loid)s in industrialized regions

Industry and domestic heating produce pollutants toxic for 3-year-old children.

This publication available here.

Cooperation with the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Barbora Hudcová did an internship on adsorption modeling.


PUBLICATION: Recovery of perlite by-product to form value-added material

Mineralogy, chemistry and surface properties of zeolitic materials

This publication available here.

PUBLICATION: Screening of native grass species with potential for phytostabilization

Seasonal fluctuations of Zn, Pb, As and Cd in biomass

This publication available here.

PUBLICATION: Co-composted biochar improved moisture and nutrient status of contaminated soil

Compost-char hastened the composting process.

This publication available here.

PUBLICATION: Biochar and nano zero-valent iron for metal stabilisation under changing soil conditions

A temporal study of solid phase geochemistry

This publication available here.

Organic matter modelling approach using PHREEQC and HPx software packages

Specialised course on geochemical and transport modelling was given by Rémi Marsac and Diederik Jacques

A new way of mine water treatment

Practical use of LDH-biochar in column technology for commercial purposes

Hot topic: DROUGHT

Lukáš Trakal gave an interview focusing on reasons for drought and potential solutions.

Emerging technologies for arsenic removal from drinking water in rural and peri-urban areas

Review paper reflecting cooperation with prof. Dinesh Mohan (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)

Engineered biochar – Invitation to seminar by Prof. Dinesh Mohan (India)

Seminar will take place on Thursday 20th June 2019 at 3.00 pm in room Z1.


Da Vinci students visited our field site and laboratories

How to collect soil and water samples? How to analyse them?


Field Practice with students at contaminated site near Příbram

Geological excursions and sampling of soil and water

PUBLICATION: Modeling, spectroscopic and isotopic approach to the Cr(VI) adsorption in soils

Three approaches evaluated Cr(VI) adsorption and/or reduction in soils

This publication available here.

PUBLICATION: Adsorption mechanisms of antimonate on Mg-Fe layered double hydroxides

Surface complexation modeling coupled with spectroscopic and microscopic techniques

This publication available here.

PUBLICATION: Microcosm study on nano zero-valent iron aging in soil

Interactions of nZVI with soil microbial community published in Environmental Science Nano

This publication available here.

Invitation to seminars by Prof. Valérie Cappuyns and Dr. Daniel CW Tsang

Seminars will take place on Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 2 pm in room D222.

!!! NEW PhD POSITIONS !!! Five new topics are now available!

PhD student(s) wanted!   Application deadline:

March 10 2019

Lukáš Trakal was awarded a Ministry of Agriculture project (NAZV)

Multidisciplinary project on biochar application to solve drought and other issues

Vladislav Chrastný was awarded a Czech Science Foundation (GAČR) project

"Global Cd and Pb isotope signal in the Pan-Arctic: influence of local and distant sources"

Invitation to seminar by Dr. José Luis R. Gallego (Spain)

Seminar will take place on Thursday 13th December 2018 at 10.00 am in room Z239.

Greenhouse Challenge in Wageningen

The Bohemian AvantGardeners attended student competition.

Visit their website for details.

Cooperation with the Analytical Instrumentation Center, TU Wien, Austria

Zuzana Michálková joined the group of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.


PUBLICATION: Mg-Fe LDHs and CLDHs as prospective materials for water and soil remediation

Mg-Fe (hydr)oxides showed excellent sorption efficiency     for As, Pb and Zn

This publication available here.

PUBLICATION: Arbuscular mycorrhiza and nanoiron during metal(loid) uptake

Metal(loid) behavior in the AM fungal–root–nZVI system

This publication available here.

Cooperation with OSUR, Université Rennes 1

Michael Komárek started research with the group of Professor Mélanie Davranche.


Invitation to a seminar by Dr. Luke Beesley (Scotland)

Seminar will take place on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 10.30 am in room D218.

NEW PhD POSITION! Solving of drought by application of biochar

PhD student(s) wanted for multidisciplinary solution to currently highlighted issues.

Successful FULBRIGHT-MASARYK Scholarship grantee

Our Ph.D. student Barbora Hudcová received the prestigious Fulbright-Masaryk fellowship.

PUBLICATION: Nano zero-valent iron application to decrease As, Cd, Pb, and Zn plant uptake

Nanoiron efficiency was evaluated in the rhizosphere.

This publication available here.

PROJECT: Innovative use of nanoiron-modified biochar

Junior project on a novel composite for remediation of contaminated soils

(Czech Science Foundation)

PROJECT: Cadmium and zinc isotope fractionation during adsorption in soils

New project on innovative method for identification of adsorption mechanisms

(Czech Science Foundation)

PROJECT: Efficient utilisation of bio-waste for solving global problems

New project targets on substitution of commercial substrate for compost + biochar

PROJECT: Application of modified waste biomaterials for mine water remediation

New project on applied research in remediation technologies (funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic)

PUBLICATION: AMOchar: novel composite of biochar and manganese oxide for metal(loid)s removal

Amorphous manganese oxide coating of biochar improves its sorption efficiency.

This publication available here.

PUBLICATION: Unleaded gasoline as a source of lead?

The impact of lead from unleaded gasoline was evaluated using Pb isotope tracing.

This publication available here.

PUBLICATION: Magnesium-iron layered double hydroxides as excellent sorbents of zinc and lead

PUBLICATION: How do soil stabilizing amendments interact with sunflower plants?

Amorphous Mn oxide and nanoiron on sunflower were tested for stabilization.

This publication available here.

Environmental chemistry for secondary school students

Lectures and laboratory practice in environmental geochemistry opened the Summer School of Applied Ecology on 24th July

Field Practice at Příbram contaminated site

International students attended excursions and collected soil and water samples.

Český rozhlas: Tracking origins of pollution in Northern Norway

Prof. Michael Komárek and Paul Eric Aspholm broadcasted in Magazín Leonardo

Invitation to final conference of ISOFIN and AQUARIUS projects

The conference will take place on 25th April 2017 9:00 – 12:00 a.m. in room Z239

Seminar by Paul Eric Aspholm 23 March 2017

Seminar will take place on Thursday 23 March 2017 at 2 pm in room D226

Snow sampling in Norway

Samples of fresh snow were collected in the area of Finnmark  to trace metal contamination and metal isotopes.

Cooperation with the Institute of Soil Research, BOKU, Austria

Martina Vítková performed research stay at prestigious institute in Tulln an der Donau


Powerful approach for investigating the adsorption mechanism of arsenate

In this study, surface complexation modeling is coupled with various spectroscopic techniques.

Invitation to seminar by Prof. Dr. Jurate Kumpiene

Lecture: „Waste management – what you don't know about it“

Workshop of the project BASE-LiNE Earth H2020 Marie Curie

Workshop takes place at the FES from 26th September to 1st October, 2016

Report from ISOFIN workshop

A two-day workshop takes place at FES on 6–7 June, 2016

How to attract foreign scientists?

Dr. Luke Beesley (the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland) visited our team

Seminar at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland

Lukáš Trakal presented the latest experimental approaches in Aberdeen

Workshop June 6–7, 2016: project ISOFIN

Workshop including presentations of the results of our Norway grants project (CZ09 Czech-Norwegian Research Programme) ISOFIN

Snow and lichen sampling in the Ostrava region

Ostrava region in Upper Silesia at the Czech-Polish border belongs to the most contaminated sites in Europe

Successful collaboration with the University of Athens

New paper published in Environmental Pollution is now available


How to efficiently stabilize arsenic in soil?

Read our recent paper by Zuzana Michálková et al. focused on „Selected Fe and Mn (nano)oxides as perspective amendments for the stabilization of As in contaminated soils“.

Winter sampling in the area of Finnmark

Our team made another journey to the very North of Norway to collect snow samples for chemical and metal isotope analyses

New paper published in Bioresource Technology

Lukáš Trakal et al. recently published new data about „Lead and cadmium sorption mechanisms on magnetically modified biochars“

Interview with Thomas D. Bullen (USGS)

Interview with Thomas D. Bullen (USGS) who has been working with us for the past few weeks at the Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory

Our team in TV news

Czech Television's co­verage of the main research topics

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