Research for the Environment

Current and Recently Finished Third-Party Funded Projects


BfR Grant CompuSens 2014-2016

Theme: "Development of a computer based consensus model for the predictive assessment of the dermal and respiratory sensitisation potential of organic chemicals in the framework of REACH – CompuSens".

Projektleitung: G. Schüürmann.


UBA Project on Potential Endocrine Disruptors 2014-2017

Theme: "REACH - In silico screening for potential endocrine disruptors".

2 Partners. Principal investigator: G. Schüürmann.

Partner: Zentrum für Fisch- und Wildtiermedizin at the University of Bern (Helmut Segner).


CEFIC-LRI Project NER 2014-2016

Theme: "Computer based prediction of the formation of Non-Extractable Residues (NER) of xenobiotics and their metabolites in soils and sediments with regard to their environmental hazard".

3 Partners. Principal investigator: G. Schüürmann.

Partners: UFZ-Department Environmental Biotechnology (Matthias Kästner) and Institute for Environmental Research, RWTH Aachen University (Andreas Schäffer).

Further information: Project description at CEFIC-LRI.


DBU Doctoral Scholarship KonsIstenS 2013-2016

Theme: "Construction of a computational consensus model for the in-silico toxicological assessment of the sensitization potential of organic chemicals within the context of REACH".

Scholar: M. Hillebrand.
Supervisor: G. Schüürmann.


EU Project (7th Framework) SOLUTIONS 2013-2018

Theme: "Solutions for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management".

39 Partners. Coordinator: Dr. Werner Brack (UFZ Department of Effect-Directed Analysis). 3 UFZ departments involved.

Further information: SOLUTIONS homepage.


EU Project (7th Framework) MODERN 2013-2015

Theme: "Modeling the environmental and human health effects of nanomaterials".

7 Partners. Coordinator: Prof. Francesc Giralt (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Departament d'Enginyeria Química, BioCenit Research Lab, Tarragona, Spanien). UFZ principal investigator: G. Schüürmann.

Further information: MODERN homepage.

EU Coordination Action (7th Framework) HEROIC 2011-2014

Theme: "Health and Environmental Risks: Organisation, Integration and Crossfertilisation of Scientific Knowledge".

9 Partners. Coordinator: Dr. Martin Wilks (University of Basel, Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology, Switzerland). UFZ principal investigator: G. Schüürmann.

Further information: HEROIC homepage.


AiF Project FORMULA 2011-2014

Theme: "Development of a software based method to ecotoxicologically optimize recipes for chemical products and plastics".

Cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology, Oberhausen, Germany (FhG UMSICHT), Contact: Dr.-Ing. Torsten Müller. UFZ principal investigator: G. Schüürmann.


UBA Project on Biomagnification 2011-2014

Theme: "Advancements of the criteria for bioaccumulation under REACH".

3 Partners. UFZ is sub-contractor of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology,  Schmallenberg, Germany (FhG IME). Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Christian Schlechtriem (FhG IME). UFZ principal investigator: G. Schüürmann.


UBA Project on Bioaccumulation 2011-2014

Theme: "Investigation of non-lipid based bioaccumulation behaviour of compounds".

4 Partners. UFZ is sub-contractor of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology,  Schmallenberg, Germany (FhG IME). Principal investigators: Prof. Dr. Christian Schlechtriem (FhG IME) and Dr. Monika Nendza (Analytisches Laboratorium für Umweltuntersuchungen und Auftragsforschung, Luhnstedt, Germany). UFZ principal investigator: G. Schüürmann.


CEFIC-LRI Project Inhalation 2010-2012

Theme: "Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC) for inhalation exposure: Improvement of the TTC concept for inhalation exposure and derivation of thresholds with the database RepDose".

2 Partners. UFZ is sub-contractor of the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine, Hannover, Germany (FhG ITEM). Principal investigator: Dr. Sylvia Escher (FhG ITEM). UFZ principal investigator: G. Schüürmann.

Further information: Project description at CEFIC-LRI.


Former Projects


Department News

Defences of doctoral theses

Two doctoral students of our department are defending their thesis at the TU Freiberg within this week.

Jana Mühlenberg already successfully defended them on 16 Dec.

Weicheng Zhang will defend 18 Dec 14.00 Uhr in lecture hall KKB-2030 (Karl Kegel Building, Agricolastrasse 1, 2nd floor).

New third party projects

BfR Grant (2014-2016). Development of a computer based consensus model for the predictive assessment of the dermal and respiratory sensitisation potential of organic chemicals in the framework of REACH – CompuSens.

UBA Project (2014-2017). REACH - In silico screening for potential endocrine disruptors.


Updated Software

ChemProp - new download link

Important: The ChemProp download has been moved to a new server. The old location provides all necessary information. 

The current version is 6.2 (released on December 5 2014).

Be aware, older versions until 6.0 are expired already, and 6.1 will expire at the end of this year!

The change log is located here:

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

Newest Publications

Brack et al. 2014. The SOLUTIONS project ...
Sci. Total Environ.

Ren et al. 2014. Sorption of chlorimuron-ethyl on montmorillonite clays ...
Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res.

Lombardo et al. 2014. Optimizing the aquatic toxicity assessment under REACH ...
Environ. Res.

Fenclová et al. 2014. Temperature dependence of limiting activity coefficients, ...
Fluid Phase Equilibr.

Caicedo et al. 2014. Comparison of heavy metal content ...
Ecol. Eng.

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