SAMA UV

RESEARCH GROUP ON FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY

State-of-the-art analytical technology and services for the determination of pollutants and natural components and risk assessment

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The research group on Food and Environmental security (SAMA-UV) is dedicated to research in environmental and food sciences and provides cutting-edge analytical technology and services for the determination of pollutants and Natural components focusing their activities in the areas of environmental health, quality and food safety as well as in the evaluation of risks and the study of human exposure.

Research

Environmental security

• Screening of non-regulated contaminants (emergent) and regulated in water, sediments, soil and biota. Evaluation of the spatial-temporal trend in relation to water quality. Study of the presence, transport, destination and bioavailability of emerging and priority pollutants in environmental compartments.
• Sources and transfer of emerging and persistent pollutants (POPs), bio-accumulation and biomagnification.
• Environmental risk assessment.
• Study of the behavior and fate of emerging pollutants during wastewater treatment.
• Development of environmental forensics and sewer epidemiology methods.

Quality and Food safety

• Advanced Chemical Analysis
• Characterization of quality and food safety in the framework of food legislation (finished product, raw materials, etc…).
• Foodomics: Profile and fingerprint techniques for the characterization of food, its authentication and the characterization of its origin.

Risk assessment

• Advanced Analysis
• Human diet Studies
• Integrated risk assessment.

Fields of Application

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Quantity and quality of water, sediment and soils

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Preservation of natural spaces and biodiversity

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Environmental planning

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Environmental management

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Decontamination

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Restoration of contaminated areas

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Quality Control of raw materials and processed products

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Authenticity and control of fraud

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Analysis of organic and emergent pollutants

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Detection and monitoring of sources of pollution

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Identification of biomarkers and unknown compounds

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Calculation of drug use and drugs of abuse in populations

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Calculation of estimated daily intake (EDIs)

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Calculation of exposure in different scenarios

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Rodrigo Alvarez-Ruiz defend his thesis

Rodrigo Alvarez-Ruiz defend his thesis

The environment suffers the continue discharge of anthropogenic contaminants. Including organic compounds, such as, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), pesticides, perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), illicit drugs and microplastics. Furthermore, some of...