Sarah Lindfors’ main research field is about stormwater quality and pollution transport in stormwater. More specifically, Sarah is investigating the chemical composition, particle size distribution and bioavailability of metals and how it changes during transport in stormwater systems. Her work also includes mikroplastics, the abundance and particle size distribution in stormwater from different urban surfaces.
Before her PhD studies, Sarah read the civil engineer program Natural Resources and Engineering at LTU with specialisation in Water and Environmental science. Her master thesis was written as a project within the Urban Water Engineering group at LTU and was aimed at investigating metals’ fractionation and their bioavailability in snowmelt using two techniques, ultrafiltration and DGT (diffusive gradients in thin films).
Sarah presented her licentiat thesis in 2021 “Characterisation of dissolved metals in urban runoff: Fractionation, lability and bioavailability”. The overall aim of this thesis is to advance the understanding of dissolved metal characteristics, including the distribution of sub-dissolved metal fractions (i.e. fractions contributing to the dissolved fraction), in urban runoff with a focus on factors affecting metal transport and environmental impact.