“BLACK SEA BASIN 2007-2013” Research networking for the environmental monitoring and mitigation of adverse ecological effects in the Black Sea Basin (BSB Net-Eco) MIS – ETC 1443/2013, 2013-2014, budget RON 695,250, Coordinator Liliana Paraschiva Török,

Infrastructure development for assessment and certification of hazardous substances in the R.B.D.D. in accordance with European legislation (contract No. 27/07.09.2005; financed by The National Authority for Scientific Research, Programme Research of Excellence, module IV | beneficiary NASR, Ministry of Education and Research), 2007-2008, budget RON 800,000, coordinator Liliana Teodorof, PhD

Project description: The development of a plan for the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources from the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve cannot be done without knowledge about the occurrence and quantities of potentially dangerous substances in the delta ecosystems. Therefore, augmenting the existing infrastructure of the chemistry laboratory, accredited in accordance with SR EN ISO/CEI 17025:2005, should be able to fill this knowledge gap.

Department achievements: In accordance with current legislation, purchases were made of an automated system for analyzing mercury (FIMS 400 PerkinElmer), an Accelerated Solvent Extractor system (ASE Dionex) which allows the automatic extraction of hazardous substances from solid samples (soil / sediment, aquatic vegetation, fish and fish products, etc.), and a Microwave Digestion System with 6 digestion vessels (Anton Paar) for the extraction of metals from deltaic ecosystem samples.

Infrastructure development for assessment and certification for conformity of the Danube Delta ecological and chemical status, in accordance with EU Water Framework Directive (Contract No. 1169 / 04.12.2006; financed by The National Authority for Scientific Research, Programme Research of Excellence, module IV | beneficiary NASR, Ministry of Education and Research), 2005-2007, budget RON 800,000, coordinator Liliana Teodorof, PhD

Project description: Ecological status is defined as an expression of quality and structure of the aquatic ecosystems associated with surface waters. From the chemical point of view, the ecological status is good if pollutant concentrations in surface waters do not exceed quality standards.

Department achievements: For monitoring the surface water ecological and chemical status, qualitative and quantitative elements screening must be conducted. To assess the physicochemical proprieties, chemical elements composition and specific polluting agents, an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS Elan DRC-e PerkinElmer) was purchased, which allows the simultaneous detection of 62 elements, metals and several non-metals; and a Gas Chromatograph with Electron Capture detectors (Clarus 600 PerinElmer), which allows organic micro-pollutants detection (polychlorinated biphenyl compounds and organochlorine pesticides).

The acquired equipment allowed an increase in the quality of the chemical assessments, an extension of accredited analyses and the possibility of involving the laboratory in national and international projects.