Research for the Environment

Current and Recently Finished Third-Party Funded Projects

ECHA tender "FET for REACH" 2015

Theme: "Analysis of the relevance and adequateness of using Fish Embryo Acute Toxicity (FET) Test Guidance (OECD 236) to fulfil the information requirements and addressing concerns under REACH".

3 UFZ Departments. Principal investigator: S. Scholz (Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology)

Partners: UFZ-Departments of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology (Stefan Scholz) and Cell Toxicology (Nils Klüver).

BMBF Joint Research Project ProHapTox 2015-2018

Theme: "Development of a reactivity based testing strategy for detecting the skin sensitization potential of elektrophilic and pro-elektrophilic industrial chemicals within the framework of the chemical regulation REACH without animal tests".

2 Partners. Principal investigator: G. Schüürmann. UFZ principal investigator: Dr. Alexander Böhme

Partner: Institute for Organic Chemistry at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg.

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".

Principal investigator: 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: FIWI Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health 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.

Department News

Defences  of Doctoral Theses

Within week 51 of 2015, three defences of doctoral theses resulting from research in our department took place at the TU Freiberg.

Roman Gunold, Rebecca Hiltrop and Heiko Hammer successfully defended their theses.

Newest Publications

Salmina et al. 2016. Variation in predicted internal concentrations ... PBPK model ...
Sci. Total Environ.

Eremina et al. 2016. Distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls ...
Environ. Pollut.

Hirte et al. 2016. New hydrolysis products of the beta-lactam antibiotic amoxicillin ...
Water Res.

Petersen et al. 2016. Development and field test of a mobile continuous flow system utilizing Chemcatcher ...
Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol.

Junker et al. 2016. ... screening tools for biodegradation in water-sediment systems and soil.
Sci. Total Environ.

Schüürmann et al. 2016. Inhalation threshold of toxicological concern (TTC) – Structural alerts ...
Environ. Int.

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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:

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