The Biogeochemistry and Analytics Unit deals with qualitative and quantitative analytics of inorganic and organic contaminants in the environment including the development of biotechnological processes for remediation using multidisciplinary methods and techniques.
The current infrastructure and equipment needs improvements in order to enable the RBI to reach scientific excellence and provide interdisciplinary solutions for advanced insights in marine and freshwater systems. Modern R&D studies of environmental pollution and monitoring projects, both within the national and the regional and EU research community, are part of the Unit activities.
The Biogeochemistry and Analytics Unit’s main outputs are the development of analytical methods for the determination of toxic elements in water, sediments and biota. Very important research activities are the identification of cellular biomarkers in indicator freshwater and seawater organisms (metalomics), electrochemical analyses of ecotoxic metals in traces in all ecosystems on nano and pico scale, qualitative and quantitative analyses of natural and anthropogenic/toxic organic compounds in marine and freshwater systems, biophysics, (bio)imaging and nanoparticles studies.
Ultimately, based on the above-mentioned multidisciplinary analyses of marine and freshwater systems, environmental assessment/risk studies and good environmental status evaluation of the Adriatic Sea would be created.