Safety and Environmental Technology Group

Dr. Christian Bogdal

ETH Zürich
Dr. Christian Bogdal
Inst. f. Chemie-/Bioingenieuwissenschaften
HCI G135
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1
CH-8093 Zürich

Phone: +41 44 632 5951

curriculum vitae

Since 2009, Christian Bogdal has been scientific collaborator in environmental chemistry in the Safety and Environmental Technology Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).

In 2014, he was visiting researcher in the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry at Stockholm University (ACES).

He earned his doctoral degree in chemistry from ETH Zurich in 2008. The title of his doctoral thesis was: Environmental fate of persistent organic pollutants in Lake Thun, Switzerland - Combining chemical trace analysis and multimedia modeling. He did his thesis in the Laboratory for Analytical Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa) under supervison of Prof. Konrad Hungerbühler from ETH Zurich.

He received his master degree in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in 2005. He did his master thesis at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Research Interests

- Environmental fate of persistent organic chemicals, including sources and sinks of chemicals, transport pathways and transformation processes.
- Temporal trends of persistent chemicals in the environment.
- Identification and quantification of primary and secondary sources of persistent organic pollutants in the environment.

Investigated compound classes include persistent organic pollutants such as polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), as well as organochlorine pesticides. Next to these legacy pollutants, contemporary compounds, including brominated flame retardants and synthetic musk compounds, are also in the main focus of research.

Analytical chemistry tools for the analysis of field samples are combined with multimedia models. The laboratory analysis are performed in collaboration with further research groups with gas chromatography (GC) coupled to mass spectrometry (MS), as well as high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS). The devolped models are fugacity based multicompartmental fate models.


- Melting glaciers as a secondary source of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) (GlazioPOP).
- Primary emissions and fate of POPs and other persistent chemicals in urban areas (CityPOP).
- Emissions, fate, and mass balance of POPs in Switzerland (SwissPOP)
- Long-range transport and source apportionment of atmospheric mercury (SwissQuick).
- Environmental fate of brominated flame retardants and other persistent organic pollutants in aqueous ecosystems (description).

Several topics for a master thesis are possible and can be discussed. Interested students are invited to contact Christian Bogdal (description).


peer reviewed publications

Bejgarn, S., MacLeod, M., Bogdal, C., Breitholtz, M., Toxicity of leachate from weathering plastics: An exploratory screening study with Nitocra spinipes. Chemosphere 2015, 132, 114-119.

Bogdal, C., Alsberg, T., Diefenbacher, P., MacLeod, M., Berger, U., Novel and fast quantification of chlorinated paraffins in environmental samples by direct injection high-resolution mass spectrometry with pattern deconvolution. Anal. Chem. 2015, 87, 2852-2860.

Diefenbacher, P.S., Bogdal, C., Gerecke, A.C., Glüge, J., Schmid, P., Scheringer, M., Hungerbühler, K., Emissions of polychlorinated biphenyls in Switzerland: A combination of long-term measurements and modeling. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2015, 49, 2199–2206.

Buser, A.M., Bogdal, C., Scheringer, M., Comment on “Emergence and fate of cyclic volatile polydimethylsiloxanes (D4, D5) in municipal waste streams: Release mechanisms, partitioning and persistence in air, water, soil and sediments”, Sci. Total Environ. 2015, 505, 1225-1227.

Pavlova, P.A., Schmid, P., Bogdal, C., Steinlin, C., Jenk, T., Schwikowski, M., Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Glaciers. 1. Deposition History from an Alpine Ice Core, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48, 7842-7848.

Steinlin, C., Bogdal, C., Scheringer, M., Pavlova, P.A., Schwikoswki, M., Schmid, P., Hungerbühler, K., Polychlorinated biphenyls in glaciers. 2. Model results of deposition and incorporation processes, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48, 7849-7857.

Schmid, P., Bogdal, C., Wang, Z., Azara, V., Haag, R., von Arx, U., Releases of chlorobenzenes, chlorophenols and dioxins during fireworks, Chemosphere 2014, 114, 158-164.

Bogdal, C., Wang, Z., Buser, A.M. , Scheringer, M., Gerecke, A.C., Schmid, P., Müller, C.E., MacLeod, M., Hungerbühler, K., Emissions of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in Zurich, Switzerland, determined by a combination of measurements and modeling, Chemosphere 2014, 116, 15-23.

Bogdal, C., Müller, C., Buser, A.M., Wang, Z., Scheringer, M., Gerecke, A.C., Schmid, P., Zennegg, M., MacLeod, M., Hungerbühler, K., Emissions of polychlorinated biphenyls, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans in 2010 and 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48, 482-490.

Pavlova, P.A., Schmid, P., Zennegg, M., Bogdal, C., Schwikowski, M., Trace analysis of hydrophobic micropollutants in aqueous samples using trap capillaries, Chemosphere 2014, 106, 51-56.

Buser, A.M., Bogdal, C., MacLeod, M., Scheringer, Emissions of decamethylcyclopentasiloxane from Chicago, Chemosphere, 2014, 107, 473-475.

Dudzina, T., von Götz, N., Bogdal, C., Biesterbos, J., Hungerbühler, K., Concentrations of cyclic methylsiloxanes in European cosmetics and personal care products: Prerequisite for human and environmental exposure assessment, Environ. Int. 2014, 62, 86-94.

Glüge, J., Bogdal, C., Scheringer, M., Buser, A.M., Hungerbühler, K., Calculation of physicochemical properties for short- and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins, J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data. 2013, 42.

Grannas, A. M., Bogdal, C., Hageman, K. J., Halsall, C., Harner, T., Hung, H., Kallenborn, R., Klán, P., Klánová, J., Macdonald, R. W., Meyer, T., and Wania, F., The role of the global cryosphere in the fate of organic contaminants, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 2013, 13, 3271-3305.

Fiedler, H., Abad, B., van Bavel, B., de Boer, J., Bogdal, C., Malisch, R., The need for capacity building and first results for the Stockholm Convention Global Monitoring Plan, TRAC - Trend. Anal. Chem. 2013, 46, 72-84.

Buser, A.M., Kierkegaard, A., Bogdal, C., MacLeod, M., Scheringer, M., Hungerbühler, K., Concentrations in ambient air and emissions of cyclic volatile methylsiloxanes in Zurich, Switzerland, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47, 7045-7051.

Bogdal, C., Abad, E., Abalos, M., van Bavel, B., Hagberg, J., Scheringer, M., Fiedler, H., Worldwide distribution of persistent organic pollutants in air, including results of air monitoring by passive air sampling in five continents, TRAC - Trend. Anal. Chem. 2012, 46, 150-161.

Manová, E., von Goetz, N., Hauri, U., Bogdal, C., Hungerbühler, K., Organic UV filters in personal care products in Switzerland: A survey of occurrence and concentrations, Int. J. Hyg. Envir. Heal. 2012, 216, 508-514.

Schmid, P., Bogdal, C., Blüthgen, N., Anselmetti, F.S., POPs – A haunting legacy. Highlights in Analytical Chemistry, Chimia 2012, 66, 644-644.

Katsoyiannis, A., Bogdal, C., Interactions between indoor and outdoor air pollution – Trends and scientific challenges. Environ. Pollut. 2012, 169, 150-151.

Müller, C.E., Gerecke, A.C., Bogdal, C., Wang, Z., Scheringer, M., Hungerbühler, K., Atmospheric fate of poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs): I. Day–night patterns of air concentrations in summer in Zurich, Switzerland. Environ. Pollut. 2012, 169, 196-203.

Wang, Z., Scheringer, M., MacLeod, M., Bogdal, C., Müller, C.E., Gerecke, A.C., Hungerbühler, K., Atmospheric fate of poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs): II. Emission source strength in summer in Zurich, Switzerland. Environ. Pollut. 2012, 169, 204-209.

Bogdal, C., Bucheli, T.D., Agarwal, T., Anselmetti, F.S., Blum, F., Hungerbühler, K., Kohler, M., Schmid, P., Scheringer, M., Sobek, A., Contrasting temporal trends and relationships of total organic carbon, black carbon, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in rural low-altitude and remote high-altitude lakes. J. Environ. Monit., 2011, 13, 1316 - 1326.

Bogdal, C., Schmid, P., Blüthgen, N., Anselmetti, F.S., Gletscher als Speicher und Quellen von langlebigen Schadstoffen. Korrespondenz Wasserwirtschaft, 2011, 2, 80-84.

Schmid, P., Bogdal, C., Blüthgen, N., Anselmetti, F.S., Zwyssig, A., Hungerbühler, K., The missing piece: sediment records in remote mountain lakes confirm glaciers being secondary sources of persistent organic pollutants. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2011, 45, 203-208.

Bogdal, C.; Nikolic, D.; Lüthi, M.; Schenker, U.; Scheringer, M.; Hungerbühler, K., Release of legacy pollutants from melting glaciers: model evidence and conceptual understanding. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44, 4063-4069.

Bogdal, C.; Schmid, P.; Anselmetti, F.S.; Scheringer, M., See-Sedimente als Zeugen der Schadstoffbelastung. Nachrichten aus der Chemie 2010, 58, 561-564.

Bogdal, C.; Scheringer, M.; Schmid, P.; Bläuenstein, M.; Kohler, M.; Hungerbühler, K., Levels, fluxes and time trends of persistent organic pollutants in Lake Thun, Switzerland: Combining trace analysis and multimedia modeling. Sci. Total Environ. 2010, 408, 3654-3663.

Bogdal, C.; Schmid, P.; Zennegg, M.; Anselmetti, F. S.; Scheringer, M.; Hungerbühler, K., Blast from the past: Melting glaciers as a relevant source for persistent organic pollutants. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43, 8173–8177.

Bogdal, C.; Naef, M.; Schmid, P.; Kohler, M.; Zennegg, M.; Bernet, D.; Scheringer, M.; Hungerbühler, K., Unexplained gonad alterations in whitefish (Coregonus spp.) from Lake Thun, Switzerland: levels of persistent organic pollutants in different morphs. Chemosphere 2008, 74, 434-440.

Bogdal, C.; Schmid, P.; Kohler, M.; Müller, C. E.; Iozza, S.; Bucheli, T. D.; Scheringer, M.; Hungerbühler, K., Sediment record and atmospheric deposition of brominated flame retardants and organochlorine compounds in Lake Thun, Switzerland: lessons from the past and evaluation of the present. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2008, 42, 6817-6822.

Gerecke, A.; Schmid, P.; Bogdal, C.; Kohler, M.; Zennegg, M.; Heeb, N. V., Brominated flame retardants – endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the Swiss environment. Chimia 2008, 62, 352–357.

Iozza, S.; Müller, C. E.; Bogdal, C.; Schmid, P.; Oehme, M., Historical profiles of chlorinated paraffins and polychlorinated biphenyls in a dated sediment core from Lake Thun (Switzerland). Environ. Sci. Technol. 2008, 42, 1045-1050.

Kohler, M.; Zennegg, M.; Bogdal, C.; Gerecke, A. C.; Schmid, P.; V. Heeb, N.; Sturm, M.; Vonmont, H.; E. Kohler, H.-P.; Giger, W., Temporal trends, congener patterns, and sources of octa-, nona-, and decabromodiphenyl ethers (PBDE) and hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCD) in Swiss lake sediments. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2008, 42, 6378 - 6384.

Favre, F.; Bogdal, C.; Gavillet, S.; Stucki, J. W., Changes in the CEC of a soil smectite–kaolinite clay fraction as induced by structural iron reduction and iron coatings dissolution. Appl. Clay Sci. 2006, 34, 95-104.

book chapter

Hageman, K.J.; Bogdal, C.; Scheringer, M.; Long-Range and Regional Atmospheric Transport of POPs and Implications for Global Cycling, in Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 67., Ed. Zeng, E.Y.; Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands,
ISBN: 978-0-444-63299-9


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