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Environmental Risk Assessment and Management
Critical Materials and Resource Efficiency
Informatics and Sustainability Research

Environmental Risk Assessment and Management Group (ERAM)


The mission of the ERAM group is to establish the scientific knowledge for a comprehensive and early view of opportunities and risks of new technologies. Innovative technological applications will unfold most successfully if their potential positive and negative impacts- especially of the materials involved - on health, environment and society are anticipated as early as possible. ERAM strives to integrate many aspects related to identifying and managing risks:

- Analysis of technological trends and opportunities
- Release of materials from products
- Sources and behavior in the environment
- Exposure and material flow modeling
- Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
- Integrated assessment studies for sustainable innovation pathways

The current focal point of ERAM is on nanotechnologies and nanomaterials.


Research projects


Open Master Thesis Topics



Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack
Technology & Society Laboratory
Lerchenfeldstrasse 5
CH-9014 St. Gallen
Tel.: +41 58 765 76 92
Fax: +41 58 765 74 99


top row, from left: Bernd Nowack, Alejandro Caballero, Fabiano Piccinno, Nikolaus Bornhöft, Roland Hischier, Claudia Som, Dominic Notter; second row, from left: Nara Haberland, Denise Mitrano, Ingrid Hincapie, Elisa Rimmele; not on photo: Tianyin Sun

Group members

Bernd Nowack, Prof. Dr., Head of Group
Roland Hischier, Dr., Research Fellow
Claudia Som, Senior Researcher
Dominic Notter, Dr.,
Ingrid Hincapie, Dr.,
Denise Mitrano, Dr., Postdoc
Beatrice Salieri, Dr., Postdoc
Nikolaus Bornhöft, PhD student
Fabiano Piccinno, PhD student
Tianyin Sun, PhD student
Alejandro Caballero, PhD student
Claudia Coll, Master Student
Martina Pini, guest PhD student

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