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Gabriel SIGMUND, M.Sc.


Room Number: 2C406
Tel.: +43-1-4277-53332
Fax: +43-1-4277-853332

Research Interests:

Sorption and degradation of organic contaminants. Biochar application for remediation purposes, environmental fate of organic contaminats, sustainable remediation.

Current Project:

KOKOSAN - Combined in-situ remediation using biochar and compost for PAH and heavy metal-contaminated soils

Curriculum Vitae:

Since 2013: PhD candidate, University of Vienna, Department of Environmental Geosiences, Austria

2011-2013: M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology, specialization in Ecotoxicology, University of Applied Science -Technikum Wien, Vienna

2008-2011: B.Sc. in Environment and Bio- Resources Management, University of Natural Resources and  Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna


  • Member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • Member of the European Geoscience Union (EGU)
  • Member of the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP)

Publications and conference Proceedings:

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Sigmund, G., Poyntner, C., Pinar, G., Kah, M., & Hofmann, T. (2018). Influence of compost and biochar on microbial communities and the sorption/degradation of PAHs and NSO-substituted PAHs in contaminated soils. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 345.
Bielská, L., Kah, M., Sigmund, G., Hofmann, T., & Höss, S. (2017). Bioavailability and toxicity of pyrene in soils upon biochar and compost addition. Science of the Total Environment, 595, 132–140. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.230
Sigmund, G., Hüffer, T., Hofmann, T., & Kah, M. (2017). Biochar total surface area and total pore volume determined by N2 and CO2 physisorption are strongly influenced by degassing temperature. Science of the Total Environment, 580, 770-775. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.12.023
Sigmund, G., Bucheli, T. D., Hilber, I., Micic Batka, V., Kah, M., & Hofmann, T. (2017). Effect of ageing on the properties and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon composition of biochar. Environmental Science: Processes & Impact, 19(5), 768-774. DOI: 10.1039/c7em00116a
Kah, M., Sigmund, G., Xiao, F., & Hofmann, T. (2017). Sorption of ionizable and ionic organic compounds to biochar, activated carbon and other carbonaceous materials. Water Research, 673-692.
Sigmund, G., Huber, D., Bucheli, T. D., Baumann, M., Borth, N., Guebitz, G. M., & Hofmann, T. (2017). Cytotoxicity of Biochar: A Workplace Safety Concern? Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 4(9), 362-366. DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00267
Sigmund, G., Sun, H., Hofmann, T., & Kah, M. (2016). Predicting the Sorption of Aromatic Acids to Noncarbonized and Carbonized Sorbents. Environmental Science & Technology (Washington), 50, 3641-3648. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b06033
Kah, M., Sun, H., Sigmund, G., Hüffer, T., & Hofmann, T. (2016). Pyrolysis of waste materials: Characterization and prediction of sorption potential across a wide range of mineral contents and pyrolysis temperatures. Bioresource Technology, 225-233.
Sigmund, G., Mann, O., & Wruss, K. (2014). Evaluation of PAH contamination and in-situ remediation at a test site. AV Akademikerverlag.
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