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Environmental Chemistry

The environmental chemistry/analytical chemistry group studies the fate and effects of xenobiotics in the terrestrial and aquatic environment. Focuses are sources, inputs, persistence, transformation and metabolism as well as toxic effects
of pollutants in the respective compartments. Within these projects new analytical procedures are elaborated and validated to identify and quantify analytes that are not included in standard protocols. Of special interest are compounds for which no or no sufficient regulations exist.


Research projects

  • Structural identification of unknown xenobiotics, their metabolites as well as of biogenic compounds (GC-MS, LC-MS)
  • Metabolism of pesticides in the environment (14C-Experiments)
  • Veterinary drugs: on the passage: pigs->manure->soil->water
  • Input, sources, fate and toxicology of phosphororganic flame retardants in sewage treatment plants and surface waters.
  • Distribution of polycyclic- and nitroaromatic musk fragrances as well as transformation in sewage treatment plants (wastewater and sludge), surface waters and soils.
  • Enantioselective degradation of xenobiotics in sewage plants and soil and method development for chiral analysis
  • Endocrine disruptors in industrial waste, waste water, municipal sewage treatment plants and surface waters
  • Interactions of xenobiotics with humic compounds


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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Spiteller
Tel.: 0231 755-4080
Priv.-Doz. Dr.rer.nat. Souvik Kusari
Head of Chemical Microbiology
Tel.: 0231 755-4086