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Site Remediation

In-situ methods will be increasingly used for the remediation of contaminated sites in future. These methods primarily include in-situ chemical oxidation/reduction (ISCO/R) and biological methods such as bioventing, biostimulation or phytoremediation. Their application requires comprehensive exploration and site-specific preliminary investigations in order to select the most suitable method and adjust the parameters (e.g. oxidant demand) to the conditions on site.  We support our customers in the remediation of contaminated sites. Biological and chemical in-situ remediation methods (e.g. biostimulation, bioventing, ISCO/R, phytoremediation) such as microorganisms, plants or iron particles are used to ensure efficient and sustainable pollutant degradation on site.



  • Development of remediation concepts (contribution to variation studies)
  • Examining the applicability of in-situ remediation methods (e.g. degradation tests, column experiments on pollutant mobility, oxidant/reductant demand, nutrient management)
  • Scientific support in the application of innovative remediation methods (preservation of evidence)
  • Ecotoxicological analyses (e.g. plant growth tests, respiration tests, BSB)
  • Development of innovative remediation methods
  • Isotope applications on contaminated sites
    • Quantification of biological CHC degradation
    • Identification and differentiation of pollutant sources
    • Monitoring of biological and chemical remediation measures
    • Identification of aerobic conditions in contaminated sites
    • Process description and identification of new metabolites using isotopic labelling
    • Identification of microorganisms responsible for the degradation of organic pollutants and their metabolites
    • Tracing the origin of pollutants



Schöftner P., Waldner G., Lottermoser W., M. Stöger-Pollach, Freitag P., Reichenauer T.G. (2015) Electron efficiency of nZVI does not change with variation of environmental parameters. Science of the Total Environment. in pressGartler J., Wimmer B., Soja G., Reichenauer T.G. (2014) Effects of rapeseed oil on the rhizodegradation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons in contaminated soil. International

Journal of Phytoremediation, 16 (7-8), 671-683Wimmer B., Watzinger A., Huber-Humer M., Hrad M., Reichenauer T.G. (2013) Stable Isotope Signatures for Characterising the Biological Stability of Landfilled Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). Waste management, 33 (10), 2083-2090

M. Hrad, M. Huber-Humer, B. Wimmer and T.G. Reichenauer (2012) Design of top covers supporting aerobic in situ stabilisation of old landfills -  An experimental simulation in lysimeters. Waste management 32(12), 2324-2335    DOI 10.1016/j.wasman.2012.06.004

M. Afzal, T.G. Reichenauer, A. Sessitsch (2012) The inoculation method affects colonization and performance of bacterial inoculants strains in the phytoremediation of soil contaminated with diesel oil. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 14 (1), 35-47

T.G. Reichenauer, A. Watzinger, J. Riesing and M.H. Gerzabek (2011) Impact of different plants on the gasprofile of a landfill cover, Waste Management, 31, 843-853M. Afzal, S. Yousaf, T.G. Reichenauer, M. Kuffner and A. Sessitsch (2011) Soil type affects plant colonization, activity and catabolic gene expression of inoculated bacterial strains during phytoremediation of diesel. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 186, 1568-1575



  • Wolfgang Friesl-Hanl
  • Marion Graser
  • Paul Kinner
  • Thomas Reichenauer
  • Gerhard Soja
  • Andrea Watzinger
  • Bernhard Wimmer