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October 29, 2019

October 2019 was a memorable month for the McNeill group. Not less than two PhD students defended their work. On October 23th, Alessandro Manfrin defended his thesis on “Photochemical Processes of Natural and Antrophogenic Contaminants Relevant to the En...

September 12, 2019

Christine Egli successfully defended her PhD thesis on "Assessing the stability of aquatic extracellular enzymes" at Eawag where she spent most of her time during her PhD. Her work on the photochemical degradation of extracellular enzymes involved the assessment of...

September 5, 2019

Jennifer Apell has recently published a paper in Environmental Science & Technology exploring the photodegradation of the pesticide fludioxonil and compounds that contain pyrrole in general. Pyrrole moieties were able to undergo direct photodegradation as well as indir...

August 20, 2019

Rachele Ossola recently published her master thesis work on the competing reactivity of singlet oxygen (1O2) and triplet chromophoric dissolved organic matter (3CDOM*) in Environmental Science and Technology. In this work, we investigated the indirect photochemistry of...

August 5, 2019

While studying the environmental fate of potent endocrine-active steroid hormones, we observed the formation of an intramolecular [2+2] photocycloaddition product with a novel hexacyclic ring system following photolysis of altrenogest.  The structure and absolute confi...

July 3, 2019

Kyle Moor and Markus Schmitt published a set of papers in Environmental Science & Technology on sorbic acid as a probe for triplet-excited dissolved organic matter (3DOM*). These papers use two recently developed laser spectroscopy techniques to measure: (1) the quench...

May 20, 2019

Within less than two weeks our group celebrated two successful defenses. Markus Schmitt presented his work on "Characterizing organic matter triplet states reactivity and aromatic amine oxidation by time-resolved spectroscopy" at ETH. For this occasion we had the pleas...

March 26, 2019

We have developed a set of N-cyclopropylaniline (CPA) analogs to probe the oxidative properties of triplet-state photosensitizers in aqueous solutions.  After an initial single electron transfer (SET) oxidation, anilines without a cyclopropyl group are susceptible to r...

February 27, 2019

Jennifer Apell has a new paper in Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts providing updated values for spectral irradiance that can be used to calculate photodegradation rates in environmental systems. These irradiance values are available for every 10° latitude in...

January 25, 2019

Alessandro Manfrin published a paper in The Journal of Organic Chemistry on the singlet oxygen reactivity of oxazoles and thiazoles included in peptidic chains. Oxazoles and thiazoles are five-membered aromatic rings, found in natural peptides, and known to undergo rap...

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The McNeill Research Group studies environmental chemistry in aquatic systems, with a focus on elucidating reaction mechanisms.  Currently the group is studying photochemical processes in surface waters, the degradation of pharmaceutical and personal care product contaminants, the fate of amino acid-based molecules in natural systems and degradation of synthetic plastics in soil.  The McNeill Group is part of the Environmental Chemistry Group in the Institute for Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics in the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich.

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