TecEUS is based on the transdisciplinary collaboration of the Montanuniversität Leoben (Dept. of Chemistry), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction; Institute of Social Ecology) and the Medical University of Vienna (Centre for Public Health).
Dr. Johanna Irrgeher (MUL)
is the PI of TecEUS with a >10-year record in environmental analytical chemistry and also leading the project activities related to analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry (senior scientist at MUL since 2019/01). She is experienced in terrestrial sampling and has been involved in large cruise sampling campaigns.
Her expertise covers sampling, sample preparation, method development for trace element and isotopic analysis, measurements, data reduction, statistical data analysis and uncertainty propagation. JI is experienced with the handling of large data sets, elemental analysis (ICP-QMS, ICP-SFMS, ICP-MS/MS) and isotopic analysis methods (e.g. B, S, Sr, Mo, Zn, Ti, Mo, Gd, Pb, Nd and U isotopes based on MC ICP-MS) and chemical imaging involving (LA)-ICP-MS as well as hyphenated techniques (prepFAST-MC, seaFAST) for low-level analysis of metals and rare earth metals. JI has been involved into various transdisciplinary research projects and supervised more than 30 students from all levels.
JI will be key responsible for sampling, the development of the analytical techniques and LA-ICP-MS /LIBS, ICP-MS/MS and MC ICP-MS for elemental and isotopic analysis.
Simone Trimmel, MSc
is a Research Scientist at the Chair of General and Analytical Chemistry (MUL). In June 2020, she has completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Simone has experience with environmental sampling, sample preparation and trace-level analysis of environmental contaminants with a special focus on mass spectrometry. As part of TecEUS, she will be involved in sampling of green façades and ICP-MS analysis of technology-critical elements.
is currently doing his bachelor’s degree in recycling technologies at the Montanuniversität Leoben and is a student employee at the institute for general analytical chemistry in the isotope analysis working group. The TecEUS project is an ideal opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of environmental protection by helping the team with sample preparation and measurements.
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)
Institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction (IBLB)
Institute of Social Ecology (SEC)
Priv.Doz. Dr. Ulrike Pitha
has high expertise in vegetation technology, the setup and evaluation of vertical greening for improvement of city life, monitoring plants and their effects. Uli combines profound know-how in measurement, monitoring and experimental set-up of binding fine particulate with plants and long-time experience in participating and leading transdisciplinary in (inter)national research projects about measurements; simulation, assessment of effects of green façades; expertise and involvement in several Vienna-based topic-related projects. Her investigations encompass basic research, examinations of new methods and their applicability in practice. She is leader of the research group ‘vegetation technology’ with the research focus on green infrastructure, plant use in urban areas, plant monitoring, quantification of ecosystem services, urban rainwater management with plants, development of living walls, green roofs and substrates. UP will be responsible for sampling of study sites for green façades and the setup of wind channel box experiments.
DI Dr. Bernhard Scharf
studied Landscape planning and design and graduated with excellence in 2001. Since 2006 he is member of the research group of Priv. Doz. Dr. Ulrike Pitha. His research emphases on the investigation of ecosystem services as well as the development of innovative services and technological solution in the realm of green infrastructure in the urban context. As senior scientist, he has vast experience in development of research designs, measurement methods and monitoring of effects, derived by plants. Currently, he is finalizing his PhD thesis titled Plants in Cities – Effects of Green Infrastructures on Urban Energy and Water Balance.
Dipl.-Ing. Philipp Spörl
joined the master’s degree program in Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Science in 2016 and finished his master thesis with the title “Facade greening in a modular, living wall system” in October 2019.
Since 2018 he is a member of the research group “vegetation technology” at the Institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction. His research focus is on plant monitoring, living walls and substrates. He will be involved in the sampling of study sites for green façades (WP 3.2) and the setup of wind channel box experiments (WP 4).
Doris Virag, M.A. MSc.
is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Ecology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna. Her research focuses on society-nature interactions and their interdependences. She works on understanding societal metabolism and its environmental implications and potentials of circular economy strategies for achieving a future with more sustainable resource use patterns. In this project, she will contribute to conducting a system-wide material flow analysis (MFA) of technology critical elements in Vienna. The goal is to establish a technology-specific dynamic MFA model to process data generated by the other project modules.
holds a Master’s degree in Ecology and currently he is a PhD candidate at the Center of Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna. He has worked for more than 7 years at the Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he gained a comprehensive expertise concerning the analysis of intended and unintended effects of technologies. Furthermore he has profound knowledge on the related technology innovation processes and the socio-technical arrangements they are embedded in. In his research he is exploring the social and socio-technical innovations related to urban green infrastructure and how these can facilitate the physical and mental well-being of (urban) citizens.