Analysis of organic pollutants in biological systems and the environment

Regardless of the fact that polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have been explored widely over the past several decades, the determination of their environmental distribution and impact on human health are intensively present in scientific research around the world. PAHs are a complex group of pollutants formed by the incomplete combustion of organic material. Many countries around the world, including Croatia, monitor ambient air quality through their monitoring networks, used for implementing emission reduction measures. POPs are compounds characterised by persistence, bioaccumulation, toxicity, and long range transport via air. In order to prevent or reduce the release of POPs into the environment, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants was introduced. The Convention entered into force in 2004, and in 2006 the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia declared the Act on the Ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (OG-11/2006). Among other things, the Convention prescribes the monitoring of POPs in the biotic and abiotic parts of the environment.

Cooperation with AQUATIKA has begun on this project, which adds to the long-term collaborations of researchers from Croatia (Department of Health Studies, University of Zadar; IMROH) and Serbia (Institute of Physics Belgrade; University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade; Vinča Institute of Nuclear Science).


  • Environmental Hygiene Unit,

Iva Šimić, Ivana Jakovljević, Gordana Pehnec

  • Biochemistry and Organic Analytical Chemistry Unit

Snježana Herceg Romanić, Gordana Mendaš Starčević, Sanja Stipičević, Sanja Fingler, Darija Klinčić, Marija Dvorščak, Nikolina Medved

Department of Health Studies, University of Zadar

Marijana Matek Sarić


Goran Jakšić

Vinča Institute of Nuclear Science, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade Laboratory for Radioisotopes

Dalibor Stanković

Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade

  • Department of Applied Chemistry

Aleksandar Popović

Institute of Physics Belgrade, National Institute of the Republic of Serbia

  • Environmental Physics Laboratory

Gordana Jovanović, Tijana Milićević