Short CV/Education and training

  • 2000
    Master's degree in geology, Utrecht University, Netherlands

  • 2000 – 2001
    Research associate, Department of Mineralogy, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

  • 2006
    Doctorate in geochemistry, Department of Mineralogy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland.

  • 2006 – 2008
    Postdoc in the Water Resources and Drinking Water Research Department, Eawag, Dübendorf, Switzerland.

  • 2008
    Marie Curie Postdoc within the framework of the AquaTRAIN network (a research training network funded by the European Commission) at the Earth Sciences Institute (in the environmental geochemistry group), Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France; and also visiting researcher at the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Cadarache, France.

  • 2008 – 2009
    Research fellow (AquaTRAIN network) in the Chemistry Department and the Department of Biological Sciences, Aberdeen University, UK.

  • 2009
    Marie Curie Postdoc (AquaTRAIN network) at the Environmental Engineering Department, Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece.

  • 2009 – 2010
    Marie Curie Postdoc (AquaTRAIN network) at the Earth Sciences Institute (in the environmental geochemistry group), Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France.

  • Since 2011
    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professor of inorganic environmental geochemistry at Eawag and ETH Zurich.

Selected publications

  • L.H.E. Winkel, C.A. Johnson, M. Lenz, T. Grundl, O.X. Leupin, M. Amini, L. Charlet (2012) Environmental selenium research: from microscopic processes to global understanding (Feature). Environmental Science and Technology 46, 571 – 579.

  • L.H.E. Winkel, C. Stengel, M. Amini, M. Berg, Pham Thi Kim Trang, Vi Mai Lan, Pham Hung Viet, Nguyen Thi Ha, Nguyen Van Dan (2011) Arsenic pollution of groundwater in Vietnam exacerbated by deep aquifer exploitation for more than a century. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 108, 1246 – 1251.

  • L. Winkel, J. Feldmann and A.A. Meharg (2010) Quantitative and qualitative trapping of volatile methylated selenium species entrained through nitric acid. Environmental Science and Technology 44, 382 – 387.

  • L. Winkel, M. Berg, M. Amini, S.J. Hug and C.A. Johnson (2008) Predicting groundwater arsenic contamination in Southeast Asia from surface parameters. Nature Geoscience 1, 536 – 542.

  • M. Amini, K.C. Abbaspour, M. Berg, L. Winkel, S.J. Hug, E. Hoehn, H. Yang, A.C. Johnson (2008) Statistical Modeling of Global Geogenic Arsenic Contamination in Groundwater. Environmental Science and Technology 42, 3669 – 3675.

Selected projects

  • Research project: "The global biogeochemical cycle of selenium: Sources, material flows and climatic influences", Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professorship in inorganic environmental geochemistry at Eawag and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, since 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Geochemical Society

  • American Chemical Society

Media coverage

  • Broad international media interest (CNN, CBS, BBC, etc., and in Switzerland: SF, Tagesanzeiger, NZZ, etc.) in our publications predicting groundwater arsenic contamination in areas of Southeast Asia (Winkel et al., 2008, Nature Geoscience 1, pp 536-542, and Winkel et al., 2011, PNAS 108, 1246-1251.)

Additional qualifications

  • Continuing education in handling radioactive isotopes of selenium, 2008


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