ES&T’s Best Papers 2013: Two SEWPROF members among co-authors

ES&T first pageThe journal Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T) selected 15 articles for the best papers 2013. In the category Environmental Technology Jake O’Brien’s (UQ/Entox, Australia) manuscript, with Jochen Mueller (also UQ/Entox, Australia) and Christoph Ort (Eawag, Switzerland) amongst the co-authors, was third-runner up.

The manuscript describes an innovative method to estimate the number of people who contributed to a wastewater sample. Measuring multiple pharmaceuticals in wastewater allows reliably quantifying day-specific population sizes and realistic uncertainty estimates thereof. These are important numbers to calculate population-normalized drug loads in wastewater-based epidemiology.


Jake W. O’Brien, Phong K. Thai, Geoff Eaglesham, Christoph Ort, Andreas Scheidegger, Steve Carter, Foon Yin Lai, and Jochen F. Mueller. A Model to Estimate the Population Contributing to the Wastewater Using Samples Collected on Census Day. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48 (1), 517–525 doi: 10.1021/es403251g.

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