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Ian Cousins

Ian Cousins
Phone:+ 46 (0)8 16 4012
Room:S 502

Research Interests

My research comprises a combination of modelling and experimental approaches to investigate the sources, transport, fate and exposure of chemicals contaminants. A suite of modelling tools are used in our research to: (i) estimate key physicochemical properties of chemicals, (ii) simulate the transport and fate of chemicals in outdoor and indoor environments, (iii) simulate the bioaccumulation of chemicals in food webs and (iv) simulate the pharmacokinetics of chemicals in wildlife species and humans. 


There has been much recent focus on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) which due to their unique environmental chemistry offer exciting new research opportunities. We work closely with analytical chemists in our department to better understand the behaviour of these substances.


I am the Group Leader of the Contaminant Modelling Group. More information about our research and the group members can be found on the group homepage.

Latest scientific papers

  • Scientific paper

    Hazard assessment of fluorinated alternatives to long-chain perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) and their precursors: Status quo, ongoing challenges and possible solutions

    Wang, Z.; Cousins, I.T.; Scheringer, M.; Hungerbuehler, K.
    2015 | Environ Int | 75 (172-179)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2014.11.013
  • Scientific paper

    A modeling assessment of the physicochemical properties and environmental fate of emerging and novel per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

    Gomis, M.I.; Wang, Z.; Scheringer, M.; Cousins, I.T.
    2015 | Sci. Total Environ. | 505 (981-991)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.1062
  • Scientific paper

    Estimating human exposure to PFOS isomers and PFCA homologues: The relative importance of direct and indirect (precursor) exposure.

    2015 | Environ Int | 74 (160-169)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2014.10.013