Inge van Driezum
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Centre for Water Resource Systems,
Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13/222, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

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Inge van Driezum



Research Interests


• Groundwater pollution
• Sorption/desorption and (bio)transformation of chemicals during riverbank filtration
• Interactions between surface water and groundwater


Inge’s research field is in environmental chemistry combined with hydrology. Her research projects were done at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater and at EAWAG in Switzerland on the behaviour of five pharmaceuticals in wastewater treatment. In both projects, she used analytical chemistry to measure analyte concentrations in ground- or wastewater. At the UvA, she studied the sources of PFAS in groundwater at different sites in the Netherlands. At EAWAG, she discovered that during wastewater treatment one of the pharmaceuticals was transformed. She elucidated the structures of these transformation products and also found them in the wastewater treatment plant effluent. Both projects included laboratory and fieldwork. 


Key Facts


Inge obtained a bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During her bachelors she gained an interest in hydrology, and decided to complete a Master of Science in Hydrology at the same university. She researcher her master thesis at EAWAG in Switzerland, the topic being ‘Behaviour of five pharmaceuticals with high baseline toxicity in wastewater treatment’. After graduation, she worked as a Marie Curie short term research fellow at the Institute for Analytical Research at Hochschule Fresensius in Germany. Here, she was working on emission of poly- and perfluorinated chemicals into the environment.