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 materials and 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:

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

ERAM is currently working with the following materials: nanomaterials, nanobiomaterials, plastics, microplastics, nanoplastics and textiles. Details on current and past projects can be found here.


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Bernd Nowack

Claudia Som


Group January 2020. from left, top row: Bernd Nowack, Barbora Pinlova, Marina Hauser, Natasha Stoudman, Yuanfang Zheng, Yaping Cai, Claudia Som. front row: Johannes Schorr, Delphine Kawecki, Tong Yang, Mélanie Schmutz.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Nowack 

Technology & Society Laboratory
Lerchenfeldstrasse 5
CH-9014 St. Gallen
Tel.: +41 58 765 76 92








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