Steven Eisenreich
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Dr. Steven J. Eisenreich is a Guest Professor of Hydrology and Hydraulics (Engineering), and Analytical, Environmental and Geo-Chemistry Group (Chemistry) at the Free University Brussels (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium. He obtained his B.S. at  the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire in Chemistry (1969), an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Analytical Chemistry (1972), and a PhD in Water Chemistry (Environmental Engineering) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1975). He  joined the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1975 in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering where he was professor of environmental engineering chemistry until 1995.  From 1990-1995, he was Director of the Gray Freshwater Biological Institute in Navarre, MN associated with the University of Minnesota.  In 1995, he became Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University (NJ, US). Dr. Eisenreich joined the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) in 2001 in its flagship research center in Ispra, Italy where he headed the Inland and Marine Waters unit leading the implementation and monitoring of the EU’s Water Framework Directive. In 2005, he led the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) and Toxicology and Chemical Substances Unit (JRC) leading the development and implementation of REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and its new home, the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki (FN). In 2009, he joined the EC-JRC Brussels Headquarters as Scientific Advisor. In 2013, Dr. Eisenreich joined the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) in Brussels where he teaches and supervises graduate students to the present. Dr. Eisenreich’s research and teaching  focuses on the sources, transport and fate of organic pollutants in aquatic ecosystems, water resources management, water quality assessment, chemical oceanography, and climate change impacts on aquatic systems. Dr. Eisenreich is a member of the Editorial Board of SETAC’s Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and a Guest Co-Editor of a 2021 Special Issue of ACS’s Environmental Science and Technology on Global POPs.  He is a Fellow and received  the Founders Award (2010) of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He has received the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology (1994), the highest career award given by the American Chemical Society in environmental chemistry. He has received funding from the US EPA, the National Science Foundation, the Dreyfus Foundation, the International Joint Commission, the Petroleum Research Fund, State of Minnesota research funds, the US Sea Grant Program, NOAA’s Undersea Research Program, the Water Resources Research Program (USGS), the State of New Jersey, the Hudson Research Foundation, and the research programs of the European Commission and the Joint Research Center (Europe).

Education/Academic qualification

Water/Environmental Chemistry, Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Award Date: 1 Dec 1975

Analytical Chemistry, M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Award Date: 2 Jan 1972

Chemistry, B.S., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


Award Date: 15 Jun 1969


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