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The 15th European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry

December 3 – 6, 2014

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The 15th European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry

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The European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry (EMEC) is organised annually on behalf of Association of Chemistry and the Environment (ACE). It traditionally comprises a broad range of topics within the field of environmental chemistry, with interdisciplinary presentations very welcome. The EMEC meeting always attracts high quality science presentations and keynote addresses from internationally renowned researchers in environmental chemistry and related fields.

The EMEC15 meeting will continue the tradition of previous meetings providing a wide forum for the exchange of ideas on recent advances in research and development in environmental chemistry and technology for people from academia, research and industry. The meeting will be hosted by Brno University of Technology under the auspices of its Rector Prof. RNDr. Ing. Petr Štěpánek, CSc. It is organized by the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Environmental Protection, Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology.

Main Topics

  • Soil chemistry, Soil contamination, Remediation technologies
  • Water chemistry, Water treatment, Reuse, Marine chemistry, Marine pollution
  • Atmospheric chemistry, Air pollution, Modelling of pollutants transport
  • Ecotoxicology and Biomarkers
  • Green chemistry, Green technologies
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Analytical methods for environmental science
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Sustainable development, Life cycle assessment, Risk assessment


Prof. Jana Hajšlová
Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague
The role of metabolomics in assessment of humans´exposure to biologically active chemicals.
Prof. Ivan Holoubek
RECETOX, Masaryk University Brno, NIRAS IC Sp z o.o., Ankara
Environmental chemical problems – Myths and Reality.

Conference Program

You can download conference program here.

14:00 - 21:00


Holiday Inn, vestibule

18:00 - 22:00

Welcome reception

Holiday Inn, Brasserie restaurant

08:00 - 18:00


Foyer of Morava Lecture Room, hall A

09:00 - 09:20

Opening Ceremony

Rotunda Lecture Room


Chair: Albert Lebeděv, Josef Čáslavský

09:20 - 10:00

I. Holoubek

Environmental chemical problems – Myths and Reality.


Chair: Ivan Holoubek, Isabel Villaescusa

10:00 - 10:20

Jan Schwarzbauer, L. Dsikowitzky, Dwiyitno, E. Heruwati, F. Ariyani, H.E. Irianto

Organic indicators for the anthropogenic impact on Jakarta Bay, Indonesia

10:20 - 10:40

Hyo-Taek Chon, Manfred Sager

Emission Level and Pollution Characteristics of Platinum(Pt), Palladium(Pd), Iridium(Ir) and Related Elements in Road Dusts from Seoul Area in Korea.

10:40 - 11:00

Jana Pulkrabová, Andrea Švarcová, Michala Slováková, Michal Stupák, Jana Hajšlová

Complex assessment of exposure of human population to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in two regions of the Czech Republic

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break (foyer of Morava Lecture Room)

PHARMACEUTICALS (Morava Lecture Room)

Chair: Jan Schwarzbauer, Milada Vávrová

11:30 -11:50

Albert Lebedev, Tatiana Samgina

New generation antibiotics from amphibians

11:50 - 12:10

Muhammad Ashfaq, Nayyar Noor

Determination of Paracetamol, Diclofenac, Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Amlodipine and Rosuvastatin in Hospital waste by Liquid-liquid extraction and Validated HPLC-UV method

12:10 - 12:25

Richard Sýkora, Milada Vávrová

Use of passive sampler POCIS for determination of pharmaceuticals in water

12:25 - 12:40
Company presentation
LECO Instrumente

Tomáš Kovalczuk

Gas chromatography coupled to ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry utilized in in both target- and non-target analysis of emerging contaminats in difficult matrices

12:40 – 14:00



Chair: Albert Lebedev, Renata Komendová

14:00 - 14:40

Jana Hajšlová, Milena Zachariášová, Jana Pulkrabová, Vojtěch Hrbek, Kamila Hůrková

The role of metabolomics in assessment of humans´exposure to biologically active chemicals.

14:40 - 15:00

Anne-Marie Delort, Boris Eyheranguibel, Jacques Lemaire, Martien Sancelme, Mounir Traikia

Biodegradation of oxobiodegradable polymers under environmental conditions

15:00 - 15:20

Yael Mishael, Hagay Kohay, Ido Gardi

Developing Polymer-Clay Composite Sorbents for the Removal of Emerging Organic Pollutants from Water

15:20 - 15:40

Nicolas Morin, Sarah Hale, Asgeir Almás, Patrik Andersson, Hans Peter Arp

WASTEFFECT: The Life Cycle of Emerging Contaminants in Waste

15:40 – 16:10

Coffee Break


Chair: Anne-Marie Delort, Juraj Franců

16:10 - 16:25

Sandy Ardo, Guillame Morin, Sylvie Nelieu, Georges Ona-Nguema, Ghislaine Delarue

Oxidative Removal of Nalidixic acid via Fe-oxide/O2-Mediated reactions

16:25 - 16:40

Juri Bolobajev, Niina Dulova, Marina Trapido

Different Activation Methods of H2O2/Fe(III) for Degradation of Diuron

16:40 - 16:55

Coralie Deparis, Arnaud Gauthier, Claire Alary

Optimal aqueous conditions for retention of arsenic and chromium on Gault clay formation: batch experiments

16:55 - 17:10

Eneliis Kattel, Niina Dulova

Fe2+-Activated Persulfate Process for Landfill Leachate Treatment: Removal of Organic Load, Phenolic Micropollutants and Nitrogen

17:10 - 17:25

Thai Ha Tran, Hervé Gallard, Jerome Labanowski

NOM-affected transformation of the micropollutants Niclosamide and Sulfamethoxypyridazine by MnO2

17:25 – 17:35
Company presentation

Lenka Krakovková

SHIMADZU Applications for Environmental Analysis


Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner (Holiday Inn)


Chair: Davide Vione, Polonca Trebše

09:00 - 09:20

Marcello Brigante, Yanlin Wu, Romain Prulho, Wenbo Gong, Khalil Hanna

Implication of the radical chemistry in the development of new advanced oxidation processes

09:20 - 09:40

Carlos Escudero-Onate, Xavier Gutiérrez, M. Gabriela Manoli Sanhueza, Renato Westermeier, Alejandra Aguilera

Seasonal monitoring of heavy metal and arsenic pollution in the mining area of Atacama (Chile) and development of a low cost water treatment prototype

9:40 -10:00

Michael Komárek, Zuzana Michálková, Loïc Della Puppa, Francois Bordas, Vojtěch Ettler

Metal stabilization in contaminated soils using an amorphous Mn oxide (AMO)

10:00 - 10:20

Marina Seder-Colomina, Guillaume Morin, Jessica Brest, Georges Ona-Nguema, Nilka Gordien

Uranium (VI) scavenging by amorphous iron phosphate encrusting filamentous bacteria

10:20 - 10:35

Michael Berger, Dirk Löffler, Thomas Ternes, Peter Heininger, Mathias Ricking

Isomer Shifts in HCH Compositions of Industrial Affected Environmental Samples

10:35 - 10:50
Company presentation

Jitka Zrostlíková, Ondřej Lacina

Direct analysis of contaminants in water using ultra-sensitive LC-MS instrumentation

10:50 – 11:20

Coffee Break (foyer of Morava Lecture Room)


Chair: Michael Komárek, Helena Zlámalová Gargošová

11:20 - 11:40

Davide Vione, Angelica Bianco, Debora Fabbri, Marco Minella, Marcello Brigante

The environmental photochemistry of triclosan revisited: Reconsidering the importance of indirect photoreactions

11:40 - 12:00

Mojca B. Kralj, Špela Barba, Suzana Kosenina, Romina Žabar, Polonca Trebše

Photostability study of different UV filter combinations in sunscreens under dissinfection conditions

12:00 - 12:20

Marco Minella, Davide Vione, Claudio Minero

Photocatalytic processes on TiO2–Reduced Graphene Oxide hybrid materials: UV-based, dye-sensitized or visible-sensitized photocatalysis?

12:20 - 12:35
Company presentation

David Vláčil

12:35 - 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Poster Session

Poster Session Programme


Chair: Stuart Gibb, Martina Repková

15:30 - 15:50

Anne-Marie Delort, Mária Matulová, Slavomíra Husárová, Martine Sancelme, Mounir Traikia, Peter Čapek, Laurent Deguillaume

Biotransformation of various saccharides and production of exopolymeric substances by cloud-borne Bacillus sp. 3B6

15:50 - 16:10

Matakite Maata, Joslin Singh

Atmospheric deposition of nutrients and flux measurements in Fiji

16:10 -16:30

Ondřej Sáňka, Lisa Melymuk, Pavel Čupr, Alice Dvorská, Jana Klánová

Dispersion modeling of PAHs in urban air: A new approach combining dispersion model with GIS and passive air sampling

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee Break

17:00 - 17:15

Mária Chropeňová, Pavel Čupr, Eva Gregušková, Daniela Baráková, Jan Kuta

Needle net - pine needles in a position of passive sampler in high mountain sites

17:15 - 17:30

Angelica Bianco, M. Passananti, L. Deguillaume, G. Mailhot, M. Brigante

Toward a better understanding of cloud aqueous phase oxidant capacity: relation between hydroxyl radical and carboxylic acids fate

17:30 - 17:45

Olivia Gómez-Laserna, Heather Viles, John Meneely, Nagore Prieto-Taboada, Marian Olazabal, Gorka Arana, Juan Manuel Madariaga

Soft wall capping: A better way of conserving ruins? Investigating the use of soil and other plants to protect ruined wall heads

17:45 - 18:00
Company presentation

Kamila Kalachová

Quick, reliable and sensitive analysis of environmental contaminants in different matrices using Agilent GC-MS instruments

18:00 - 18:10

Invitation to next EMEC

19:00 - 21:00

ACE General Assembly


Chair: Josef Čáslavský


Anna Krejčová, Jakub Návesník, Tomáš Černohorský

A practical approach to "greening" the multielemental analysis

9:20 - 9:40

L.A. Kartsova, E.A. Besonova, A. E. Kolobova

Ionic liquids as modifiers of electrophoretic systems in determination of amino acids, catecholamines and steroids

9:40 - 9:55

Jozef Šesták, Vladislav Kahle

Capillary liquid chromatography: Green analytical technique and some simple ways of it´s realization

9:55 - 10:10

Ane Ituregui, Nikole Arrieta, Iker Arrikazabalaga, Marian Olazabal, Irantzu Martínez-Arkarazo, Juan Manuel Madariaga

Sulphate exposed beachrock cement quantification: the case of high magnesium calcite

10:10 - 10:40

Coffee Break


Chair: Branimir Jovančićević, Anna Krejčová

10:40 - 11:00

Nataša Đoković, Danica Mitrović, Jan Schwarzbauer, Nikola Vuković, Dragana Životić, Ksenija Stojanović

Stable carbon isotope compositions of diterpenoid hydrocarbons in coals from Smederevsko Pomoravlje field, Kostolac basin, Serbia

11:00 - 11:20

Haroutioun Askanian, Sophie Commereuc, Vincent Verney

The influence of iron ions on the photo-degradation of Polyethylene

11:20 - 11:35

Václav Chytil, Milada Vávrová

Flame retardants and their occurence in the terrestrial ecosystem

11:35 - 11:50

František Mikšík, Josef Kotlík

Degradation of glycol based heat transfer fluids

11:50 - 12:10

Best Presentation Awards

12:10 - 12:20

Closing Ceremony

12:20 – 14:00



Conference Tour (optional) - In the footsteps of the Battle of the Three Emperors

14:30 Bus departure from the Holliday Inn hotel
Let's look together at memorial sites of the famous victory of Napoleon, one of the most important and the most famous battles of world military.

First stop:
Žuráň - Napoleon Bonaparte position

  • Description and demonstration of battlefield firing flintlock rifles (participants may try)
  • Accompaniment 4 soldiers in Russian uniforms - Commander, translator into English and 2 soldiers with rifle

Second stop: Staré Vinohrady (Old vineyards) - memorial

  • French cannon manned by a crew shooting cannon (participants may try force-feeding)
  • Martial skirmish between French and Russian soldiers.

Third stop: Mohyla míru (Peace Memorial) - visit to the chapel in the cairn - reference to the battle.

Fourth stop:
Chateau Slavkov u Brna - place of signing ceasefire (6. 12. 1805)

  • Visit the castle, accompanied by military guards
  • Guided palace tour

Return to Brno at about 19.00

Instructions for speakers

Your presentations should be uploaded to computer in the lecture hall before your section. Acceptable formats of files are Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt or pptx), Open Office Impress (odp) or Adobe Acrobat (pdf). If you plan to use another file format, let us know at info@emec15.cz.

Presenter with laser pointer and wireless microphone will be available.

Instructions for poster presenters

Recommended size for posters: 90x120 cm (width x height)

Social Program

During the conference

At the registration desk it will be possible to apply for guided tours. These tours will be offered free of charge.

  1. Places of interest in Brno
    Old Town Hall (with Brno Dragon, Brno Wheel), baroque fountain Parnas, St. Paul and Peter cathedral (where the bells ring noon at 11 a.m.), Spielberg Castle, villa Tugendhat and others.

  2. Brno Underground
    tour of the historical city of Brno underground space from the Middle Ages to the present day

Post-conference tour

  1. Caves of the Moravian Karst
    Sloupsko-sosuvska cave (tour around the cave in dark, only with headlights, watching of sleeping bats), Vypustek cave (inhabited from 1500 b.c., during World War II production of aircraft engines for German Luftwaffe, from 60’ies of last century top-secret Czechoslovak Army command post, which was active till 2001).

  2. Wine of South Moravia tour
    visit of wine cellar in Valtice underground, which is unique labyrinth of restored part of the historic wine cellars with a total length of 710 m. Tour includes tasting of Moravian wine and offer of typical Moravian meals.

  3. In the footsteps of the Battle of Austerlitz
    Adventure trips with the selection of the most interesting memorial activities: The Old Post Office - reconstruction of Napoleonic skirmish, musketry, firing from the historical cannon, visit of the Austerlitz castle, stylish catering.

Please express your preliminary interest in any of these tours during on-line registration. The price of post-conference tour will be paid separately at the EMEC15 registration desk and it will depend on the number of interested participants (approx. 20 €).


Scientific Committee

  • Josef ČÁSLAVSKÝ, Czech Republic – Conference Chairman
  • Jana HAJŠLOVÁ, Czech Republic
  • Ivan HOLOUBEK, Czech Republic
  • Branimír JOVANČIĆEVIĆ, Serbia
  • Anton KOČAN, Slovakia
  • Michael KOMÁREK, Czech Republic
  • Jan SCHWARZBAUER, Germany
  • Milada VÁVROVÁ, Czech Republic
  • Davide Vitorio VIONE, Italy

Local Organizing Committee


  • Josef Čáslavský


  • Monika Bartošková
  • Veronika Rybová
  • Renata Komendová
  • Richard Sýkora
  • Michal Štefka
  • Helena Zlámalová Gargošová
  • Josef Čáslavský Jr.


  • October 15, 2014: Abstract submission.
  • October 31, 2014: Decision of acceptance of oral/poster presentation.
  • October 31, 2014: Early bird registration.
  • November 15, 2014: Last-minute posters after the deadline can be accepted, but abstracts will not be published in the conference abstract book.


Brno, Czech Republic

Brno is situated in the central part of Europe, in the Czech Republic of which it is the second largest city with almost 400 thousands of inhabitants. It is the centre of the province of Moravia, one of the historic lands of the Czech Crown. It is situated at the crossroads of ancient trade routes which have joined the North and South European civilizations for centuries. Nowadays, Brno is educational centre of Moravia with more than 86,000 students at 14 universities and 3 university campuses. Brno is remarkable for its unique functionalist architecture including an icons of functionalism - Villa Tugendhat, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Brno also offers beautiful natural environment.

Conference Venue

Opening Ceremony and introductory lectures of EMEC15 meeting will be organized in BVV Trade Fairs Brno conference hall A – Rotunda, which is situated in the centre of the exhibition area, on the ground floor of the pavilion A. This representative and architecturally original building comes from year 1924, but nowadays offers high-quality technical equipment.

Remaining lectures of the EMEC15 will take place in the Moravia hall, which is situated on the ground floor of the pavilion A3 .

Get-together party (Wednesday evening) will be organized in the Holiday Inn hotel.


Holiday Inn hotel (Four Star Superior category) offers accommodation of EMEC15 participants in single and double rooms (breakfast included) at special conference price.

Room Type Price per person per night
Single Bedroom 1 700 CZK
Double Bedroom 1 050 CZK

National Centre for Nursing offers accommodation for students in a hotel-type hostel in the close vicinity of the Brno Exhibition Centre, Vinařská 6, 603 00 Brno. Number of rooms is limited.

Room Type Price per person per night
Double Bedroom (breakfast included) 670 CZK

Travel Information

Brno can be reached by plane - Brno airport (www.brno-airport.cz/en/) offers direct connection to London Stansted (operated by Ryanair) and London Luton (Wizzair), Moscow Vnukovo (UTair) and Eidhoven (Wizzair). The nearest large international airport is situated in Vienna in the distance of 120 km (75 miles) from Brno. There is direct bus service from the Vienna airport to the Brno city centre and back, operated by Student Agency (tickets available on www.studentagency.eu) eight times per day, the journey takes about two and a half hours. Another possibility is the Václav Havel airport in Prague, which is more than two hundred kilometers (124 miles) from Brno. From this airport it is necessary to reach either the Florenc bus station (by regular bus line, city bus or taxi) and continue to Brno by coach, or the Main railway station in Prague (by direct bus line AE-Airport Express, city bus or taxi) and continue to Brno by train. Eurocity or Intercity express trai ns depart from Prague to Brno each hour. Brno main railway station could also be reached by train directly from a number of European and non-European cities. Brno also lies at the crossroads of the D1 and D2 highways.

Visa requirements

Czech Republic allows visa-free entry for citizens of many countries. General information about visa in the Czech Republic is on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. See more ».

The current list of countries, whose citizens can stay for short periods in the Czech Republic without a visa is available here ».

Invitation Letters

Participants who may require invitation letters should complete their registration online first, before sending in their request. The official Invitation Letters will be prepared and sent to participants by e-mail. To request an invitation letter, please contact info@emec15.cz.

Please note:
  1. Official invitation letters are only for the Visa Application of the participants abroad.
  2. Invitation letters do not guarantee that you will be granted a visa. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary documents for entry to the Czech Republic. It may take additional time to obtain travel documents. It is advisable to start the process early.
  3. The Organizing Committee will not cover any costs associated with obtaining visas for entry to the Czech Republic.


EMEC15 Organising Committee
Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology
Purkynova 118
CZ-612 00 Brno
Czech Republic
Web: www.emec15.cz
E-mail: info@emec15.cz
Mobile Phone: +420 723 056 516