Research interests

  • Trace metal/metalloids biogeochemistry, especially arsenic, antimony and mercury biovolatilisation and biomethylation processes in soils    
  • Development of novel extraction and analytical solutions to measure metals and metalloids speciation in environmental matrices (e.g. HPLC-ICP-MS)

Awards, Grants and External Funding

  • 2016: Swiss National Science Fundation, SNF Professorship: Biomethylation and biovolatilisation of arsenic, antimony and mercury. Local environmental issues, novel analytical approaches and global implications: 1’579’894 CHF
  • 2015: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Biomethylation of mercury in a contaminated floodplain: 20’000 CHF
  • 2014: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment/armasuisse, Biomethylation and biovolatilisation of antimony in shooting range soils: 15’000 CHF
  • 2014: UniBern Initiator Grant, Biomethylation of mercury and antimony in Swiss soils: 20’000 CHF
  • 2013: UniBern Forschungsstiftung, Project LICHAS, arsenic biovolatilisation by lichens: 4‘000 CHF
  • 2013-2015: EU Marie Curie IEF Fellowship, University of Bern CH, FP7-PEOPLE-2012-326736: “BIOMETA”: 220’000CHF
  • 2009 "Early Career Researcher Award" of the International Association of Geoanalysts (IAG), Goldschmidt Conference, Davos, 21-26 June 2009.
  • 2007-2010: EU Marie Curie PhD Fellowship, University of Aberdeen UK, FP6 Research Training Network “AquaTRAIN” MRTN-CT-2006-035420.Awards


  • American Chemical Society
  • Geochemical Society
  • International Association of Geochemistry
  • International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Horizon Magazine, November 2015 - online article about the applicant's research and his EU Marie-Curie BIOMETA fellowship: "Is there arsenic in our rice?":

Chemical & Engineering News, February 2011 – online article “Arsenic in the air”:

International Innovation magazine, June 2010 – article on the EU RTN Marie Curie AquaTRAIN: “Groundswell of Research”, Mestrot’s research featured in “Arsenic cycling” paragraph, pp 88-90.

Separation NOW, November 2009 – online article “Arsines trap for soil emissions”:

Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental News, October 2009 – Mestrot's research featured in the news article: “Arsenic in rice, a recipe for nutrient loss”, 43(21), p 8004.

Elements Magazine, August 2009 –article dedicated to Mestrot as the IAG Award winner at the 2009 Goldschmidt Conference, p 251.




Number of items: 23.

Journal Article

Langa, Xavier; Neuhaus, Patrick; Lains, David; Stewart, Theodora J.; Borel, Nadine; Certal, Ana C.; Monteiro, Joana F.; Aleström, Peter; Diaz, Eduardo; Piragyte, Indre; Bräutigam, Lars; Vázquez, Rodolfo; Hlushchuk, Ruslan; Gfeller, Lorenz; Mestrot, Adrien; Bigalke, Moritz; Varga, Zoltan M.; Mercader, Nadia (2021). A Systematic Analysis of Metal and Metalloid Concentrations in Eight Zebrafish Recirculating Water Systems. Zebrafish, 18(4), pp. 252-264. Mary Ann Liebert 10.1089/zeb.2020.1970

Gfeller, Lorenz; Weber, Andrea; Worms, Isabelle; Slaveykova, Vera I.; Mestrot, Adrien (2021). Mercury mobility, colloid formation and methylation in a polluted Fluvisol as affected by manure application and flooding–draining cycle. Biogeosciences, 18(11), pp. 3445-3465. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/bg-18-3445-2021

Hossain, Mahmud; Mestrot, Adrien; Norton, Gareth J.; Deacon, Claire; Islam, M. Rafiqul; Meharg, Andrew A. (2021). Arsenic dynamics in paddy soil under traditional manuring practices in Bangladesh. Environmental pollution, 268(Part A), p. 115821. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115821

Schneider, Tobias; Musa Bandowe, Benjamin A.; Bigalke, Moritz; Mestrot, Adrien; Hampel, Henrietta; Mosquera, Pablo V.; Fränkl, Lea; Wienhues, Giulia; Vogel, Hendrik; Tylmann, Wojciech; Grosjean, Martin (2021). 250-year records of mercury and trace element deposition in two lakes from Cajas National Park, SW Ecuadorian Andes. Environmental science and pollution research, 28(13), pp. 16227-16243. Springer 10.1007/s11356-020-11437-0

Viacava, Karen; Meibom, Karin Lederballe; Ortega, David; Dyer, Shannon; Gelb, Arnaud; Falquet, Leia; Minton, Nigel P.; Mestrot, Adrien; Bernier-Latmani, Rizlan (2020). Variability in Arsenic Methylation Efficiency across Aerobic and Anaerobic Microorganisms. Environmental science & technology, 54(22), pp. 14343-14351. ACS Publications 10.1021/acs.est.0c03908

Brantschen, Jeanine; Gygax, Sebastian; Mestrot, Adrien; Frossard, Aline (2020). Soil Hg Contamination Impact on Earthworms’ Gut Microbiome. Applied Sciences, 10(7), p. 2565. MDPI 10.3390/app10072565

Shetaya, Waleed H.; Huang, Jen-How; Osterwalder, Stefan; Mestrot, Adrien; Bigalke, Moritz; Alewell, Christine (2019). Sorption kinetics of isotopically labelled divalent mercury (196Hg2+) in soil. Chemosphere, 221, pp. 193-202. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.01.034

Lombardo, Umberto; Ruiz-Pérez, Javier; Gondim Rodrigues, Leonor Maria; Mestrot, Adrien; Mayle, Francis; Madella, Marco; Szidat, Sönke; Veit, Heinz (2019). Holocene land cover change in south-western Amazonia inferred from paleoflood archives. Global and planetary change, 174, pp. 105-114. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.01.008

Gygax, Sebastian; Gfeller, Lorenz; Wilcke, Wolfgang; Mestrot, Adrien (2019). Emerging investigator series: mercury mobility and methylmercury formation in a contaminated agricultural flood plain: influence of flooding and manure addition. Environmental science: processes & impacts, 21(12), pp. 2008-2019. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/C9EM00257J

Henne, Paul Daniel; Bigalke, Moritz; Büntgen, Ulf; Colombaroni, Daniele; Conedera, Marco; Feller, Urs; David, Frank; Fuhrer, Jürg; Grosjean, Martin; Heiri, Oliver; Luterbacher, Jürg; Mestrot, Adrien; Rigling, Andreas; Rössler, Ole Kristen; Rohr, Christian; Rutishauser, This; Schwikowski, Margit; Stampfli, Andreas; Szidat, Sönke; Theurillat, Jean-Paul; ... (2018). An Empirical Perspective for Understanding Climate Change Impacts in Switzerland. Regional environmental change, 18(1), pp. 205-221. Springer 10.1007/s10113-017-1182-9

Ji, Ying; Mestrot, Adrien; Schulin, Rainer; Tandy, Susan (2018). Uptake and Transformation of Methylated and Inorganic Antimony in Plants. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9(140) Frontiers 10.3389/fpls.2018.00140

Frossard, Aline; Donhauser, Johanna; Mestrot, Adrien; Gygax, Sebastien; Bååth, Erland; Frey, Beat (2018). Long- and short-term effects of mercury pollution on the soil microbiome. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 120, pp. 191-199. Elsevier 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.01.028

Grob, Matthias; Wilcke, Wolfgang; Mestrot, Adrien (2018). Release and Biomethylation of Antimony in Shooting Range Soils upon Flooding. Soil systems, 2(2), p. 34. MDPI 10.3390/soilsystems2020034

Bont, Zoe; Arce, Carla C. M.; Huber, Meret; Huang, Wei; Mestrot, Adrien; Sturrock, Craig J.; Erb, Matthias (2017). A Herbivore Tag-and-Trace System Reveals Contact- and Density-Dependent Repellence of a Root Toxin. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 43(3), pp. 295-306. Springer 10.1007/s10886-017-0830-3

Shetaya, Waleed H.; Osterwalder, Stefan; Bigalke, Moritz; Mestrot, Adrien; Huang, Jen-How; Alewell, Christine (2017). An Isotopic Dilution Approach for Quantifying Mercury Lability in Soils. Environmental science & technology letters, 4(12), pp. 556-561. ACS Publications 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00510

Mestrot, Adrien; Ji, Ying; Tandy, Susan; Wilcke, Wolfgang (2016). A novel method to determine trimethylantimony concentrations in plant tissue. Environmental chemistry, 13(6), pp. 919-926. CSIRO Publishing 10.1071/EN16018

Bigalke, Moritz; Schwab, Lorenz; Gygax, Sebastian; Mestrot, Adrien (2016). Soil Contamination with Trace Metals: Quantification, Speciation, and Source Identification. CHIMIA, 70(12), p. 899. Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft 10.2533/chimia.2016.899

Norton, Gareth J.; Deacon, Claire M.; Mestrot, Adrien; Feldmann, Joerg; Jenkins, Paul; Baskaran, Christina; Meharg, Andrew A. (2015). Cadmium and lead in vegetable and fruit produce selected from specific regional areas of the UK. Science of the total environment, 533, pp. 520-527. Elsevier 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.130

Lemos Batista, Bruno; Nigar, Meher; Mestrot, Adrien; Alves Rocha, Bruno; Barbosa Junior, Fernando; Price, Adam H.; Raab, Andrea; Feldmann, Jörg (2014). Identification and quantification of phytochelatins in roots of rice to long-term exposure: evidence of individual role on arsenic accumulation and translocation. Journal of Experimental Botany, 65(6), pp. 1467-1479. Oxford University Press 10.1093/jxb/eru018

Mestrot, Adrien; Planer-Friedrich, Britta; Feldmann, Jörg (2013). Biovolatilisation: a poorly studied pathway of the arsenic biogeochemical cycle. Environmental science: processes & impacts, 15(9), pp. 1639-1651. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/C3EM00105A

Mestrot, Adrien; Xie, Wan-Ying; Xue, Ximei; Zhu, Yong-Guan (2013). Arsenic volatilization in model anaerobic biogas digesters. Applied geochemistry, 33, pp. 294-297. Pergamon 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.02.023

Moreno-Jiménez, Eduardo; Clemente, Rafael; Mestrot, Adrien; Meharg, Andrew A. (2013). Arsenic and selenium mobilisation from organic matter treated mine spoil with and without inorganic fertilisation. Environmental pollution, 173, pp. 238-244. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.10.017

Book Section

Caplette, Jaime N.; Mestrot, Adrien (2021). Chapter 11 Biomethylation and biovolatilization of antimony. In: Filella, Montserrat (ed.) Antimony (pp. 251-274). De Gruyter 10.1515/9783110668711-011

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Publikationen in internationalen peer-reviewed Fachzeitschriften

Norton G.J., Deacon C.M., Mestrot A., Feldmann J., Jenkins P., Baskaran C. & Meharg A.A. Arsenic speciation and localization in horticultural produce grown in a historically impacted mining region. (2013). Environmental Science & Technology, 47(12), pp. 6164–6172

Petursdottir A., Gunnlaugsdottir H., Jorundsdottir H., Mestrot A., Krupp E. & Feldmann J. HPLC-HG-ICP-MS a sensitive and selective method for inorganic arsenic in seafood (2012). Analytical & Bionalytical Chemistry, 404(8) pp.2185-2191

Hossain M.S., Williams P.N., Mestrot A., Norton G.J., Deacon C.M. & Meharg A.A. Spatial heterogeneity and kinetic regulation of arsenic dynamics in mangrove sediments: the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. (2012). Environmental Science & Technology, 46, pp. 8645-8652.

Mestrot A., Merle J.K., Broglia A., Feldmann J. & Krupp E.M. Atmospheric stability of Arsine and Methylarsines. (2011). Environmental Science & Technology, 45(9), pp. 4010-4015.

Mestrot A., Feldmann J., Krupp E.M., Hossain M., Roman-Ross G. & Meharg A.A. Field Fluxes and Speciation of Arsines Emanating from Soils. (2011). Environmental Science & Technology, 45(5), pp. 1798-1804.

Tabouret H., Bareille G., Mestrot A., Caill-Milly N., Budzinski H., Peluhet L., Prouzet P. & Donard O.F.X. Heavy metals and organochlorinated compounds in the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) from the Adour estuary and associated wetlands (France). (2011). Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 13(5), pp. 1446-1456.

Mestrot A., Plantevin T., Uroic M.K., Islam R., Krupp E.M., Feldmann J. & Meharg A.A. Quantitative and Qualitative Trapping of Arsines Deployed to Assess Loss of Volatile Arsenic from Paddy Soil. (2009). Environmental Science and Technology, 43(21) pp. 8270-8275.

Krupp E.M., Mestrot A., Wielgus J., Meharg A.A. & Feldmann J. The molecular form of mercury in biota: Identification of novel mercury peptide complexes in plants. (2009). Chemical Communications, 28, pp. 4257-4259.

Krupp E.M., Milne B.F., Mestrot A., Meharg A.A. & Feldmann J. Investigation into mercury bound to biothiols: Structural identification using ESI-ion-trap MS and introduction of a method for their HPLC separation with simultaneous detection by ICP-MS and ESI-MS. (2008). Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 390(7), pp. 1753-1764.


Weitere Publikationen

Mestrot A., Uroic M.K., Krupp E.M., Meharg A.A. & Feldmann J. Speciation of gaseous arsines using chemotrapping followed by HPLC-ICP-MS. (2012). Handbook of Hyphenated ICP-MS Applications, Agilent Technologies Inc., 2nd Edition, pp. 11-12.

Krupp E.M., Mestrot A. & Feldmann J. Mercury speciation in rice – More than methylmercury using HPLC-ICP-MS/ Electrospray Ionization (ESI) MS. (2012). Handbook of Hyphenated ICP-MS Applications, Agilent Technologies Inc., 2nd Edition, pp. 93-94.

Norton G., Mestrot A. & Meharg A.A. Arsenic speciation in fruit and vegetables grown in the UK. (2012). UK FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY FINAL REPORT, FS241003.

Norton G., Mestrot A. & Meharg A.A. Total cadmium, copper, lead and zinc in fruit and vegetables grown in the UK. (2012). UK FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY FINAL REPORT, FS241003.

XIE W., Mestrot A., LI G., SUN G. & ZHU Y.G. Arsenic sample contamination through the use of glass autosampler vials. (2012). Environmental Chemistry (Chinese journal), 31(6), pp. 902-908.