Research for the Environment

Experimental Methods

  • Measurement of physicochemical properties of pure substances and mixtures;
  • Leaching of soils, sediments and waste material;
  • Passive sampling of organic pollutants in water and air (SPMD, MESCO, SPME);
  • Trace analysis of organic substances (GC, HPLC).
  • Chemical toxicity towards luminiscent bacteria and towards ciliates
  • Structure-activity analyses of the toxicity of chemicals

Theoretical methods

  • Quantum-chemical calculation methods (semiempirical, DFT, ab initio);
  • Molecular modeling;
  • Parameters to describe the molecular reactivity;
  • Increment methods to predict compound properties from the molecular structure (own development software system ChemProp)
  • Qualitative and quantitative structure-activity relationships;
  • Multimedia models (fugacity theory + advection-diffusion equation);
  • Applied statistics (multivariate techniques, continuous and categorial variables, simulation calculations to validate empirical regression relationships, artificial neural networks).

Department News

Defences  of Doctoral Theses

Within week 51, three defences of doctoral theses resulting from research in our department will take place at the TU Freiberg:

Roman Gunold

Monday, 14 Dec 15
11.00 - 14.00
Lecture Hall
Ledebur-Bau, 1st floor
Leipziger Str. 34

Rebecca Hiltrop

Tuesday, 15 Dec 15
13.00 - 16.00
Small Lecture Hall Chemistry
Clemens-Winkler-Bau, 2nd floor
Leipziger Str. 29

Heiko Hammer

Thursday, 17 Dec 15
13.00 - 16.00
Big Lecture Hall Chemistry
Clemens-Winkler-Bau, 1st floor
Leipziger Str. 29

Newest Publications


Petersen et al. 2015. Development and field test of a mobile continuous flow system utilizing Chemcatcher ...
Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol.

Berggren et al. 2015. Chemical safety assessment using read-across ...
Environ. Health Persp.


Petersen et al. 2015. Laboratory calibration and field testing of the Chemcatcher-Metal ...
Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res.

Rotter et al. 2015. Pollution-induced community tolerance...
Environ. Sci. Technol.

Münze et al. 2015. Pesticide impact on aquatic invertebrates ...
Sci. Total Environ.

Yu H et al. 2015. In silico investigation of the thyroid hormone activity ...
Chem. Res. Toxicol.

Schubert et al. 2015. Radon, CO2 and CH4 as environmental tracers ...
Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics

Klüver et al. 2015. Fish Embryo Toxicity Test ...
Environ. Sci. Technol.

More information is available here:

Updated Software

ChemProp - new download link

Important: The ChemProp download has been moved to a new server.

The current version is 6.3 (released on August 6 2015).

Be aware, older versions until 6.1 are expired already!

The change log is located here:

The license agreements as well as a poster about ChemProp (state of May 2012) are available for download:

Contact and News Feeds

Any questions to the department regarding internships as well as bachelor, master, diploma or dissertation theses):

Scheduled public department events, new ChemProp versions and new publications will be announced via news feeds.




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