Simone Larcher

LecturerSimone Larcher

Civil & Natural Resources E446A
Internal Phone: 90328

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My research focuses on the removal of emerging contaminants and endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) that typically persist after wastewater treatment by implementing a combination of conventional and low-impact methods; specifically advanced oxidation and engineered natural systems (i.e. constructed wetlands) that harness the abilities of microorganisms to degrade these types of contaminants. Health risks associated with different types of treatment (i.e. impacts on estrogenicity and toxicity) are also explored.

Recent Publications

  • Larcher SH. and Yargeau V. (2013) Biodegradation of 17a-ethinylestradiol by heterotrophic bacteria. Environmental Pollution 173: 17-22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2012.10.028.
  • Larcher SH. and Yargeau V. (2013) The effect of ozone on the biodegradation of 17α-ethinylestradiol and sulfamethoxazole by mixed bacterial cultures. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 97(5): 2201-2210. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00253-012-4054-8.
  • Larcher S. and Yargeau V. (2012) Biodegradation of sulfamethoxazole: current knowledge and perspectives. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 96(2): 309-318. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00253-012-4326-3.
  • Larcher S., Delbes G., Robaire B. and Yargeau V. (2012) Degradation of 17α-ethinylestradiol by ozonation — Identification of the by-products and assessment of their estrogenicity and toxicity. Environment International 39(1): 66-72. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2011.09.008.
  • Larcher S. and Yargeau V. (2011) Biodegradation of sulfamethoxazole by individual and mixed bacteria. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 91(1): 211-218. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00253-011-3257-8.