PhD Award Congratulations to Dr Lubertus Bijlsma!

We are delighted to announce that Dr Lubertus Bijlsma, a member of SEWPROF based at the University Jaume I (UJI), in Castellon, Spain, was successfully awarded his PhD (cum laude) for his thesis: ‘The investigation of illicit drugs and their metabolites in water by liquid chromatography coupled to low and high resolution mass spectrometry”. Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Research Institute for Pesticides and Water, University Jaume I, Castellon (Es).  Supervisors: Félix Hernández; Juan V. Sancho.

Largest multi-city study on drug wastewater analysis released today

The findings of the largest European project to date in the emerging science of wastewater analysis (WWA) are released today in an article published in Addiction. The project in question — steered by the Europe-wide SCORE network — analysed wastewater in over 40 European cities to explore the drug-taking habits of those who live in them. Its conclusions are taken up in the European Drug Report 2014, launched by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) today, as well as in an online interactive analysis by the agency dedicated to the issue (Perspectives on drugs).

 

coverOrt, C., A. L. van Nuijs, J. D. Berset, L. Bijlsma, S. Castiglioni, A. Covaci, P. de Voogt, E. Emke, D. Fatta-Kassinos, P. Griffiths, F. Hernández, I. González-Mariño, R. Grabic, B. Kasprzyk-Hordern, N. Mastroianni, A. Meierjohann, T. Nefau, M. Ostman, Y. Pico, I. Racamonde, M. Reid, J. Slobodnik, S. Terzic, N. Thomaidis and K. V. Thomas (2014). “Spatial differences and temporal changes in illicit drug use in Europe quantified by wastewater analysis.” Addiction 109(8): 1338-1352.

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