Saskia Finckh

Saskia Finckh
Photo: Sebastian Wiedling/UFZ

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building: 6.1
Room: 704
Phone: +49 341 6025 2382

Saskia Finckh

Research Interests

My research interest is on understanding how complex chemical mixtures cause adverse effects to our environment using chemical analysis alongside effect-based tools. While a multitude of chemicals is known to exist in the environment, the full extent of their occurrence and their impacts on the Earth's system remain largely unknown. Consequently, the overarching goal of my work is to advance the assessment of complex chemical mixtures in the environment, aligning with the EU’s vision for a toxic-free environment. My specific research interests include:

  • Using chemical analytical approaches, such as liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS), to elucidate chemical pollution in the environment.
  • Exploring the potential of combining chemical analysis with effect-based analysis.
  • Applying statistical methods to wide-scope chemical and effect-based monitoring data for offering recommendations for future monitoring, assessment and regulation of chemicals.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2019

PhD candidate at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany, and the Institute of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Title: “Linking of chemical and effect-based monitoring to support comprehensive assessment of pollution in waste water and surface water”).

2016 - 2018

Master’s programme in Chemistry at the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany. Master thesis at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Helgoland, Germany. Title: “Preparation of nanostructured environmental plastic samples and their analysis via nano-FTIR”.

2015 - 2016

Work and Travel in Europe and Latin America.

2012 - 2015

Bachelor’s programme in Chemistry at the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany. Bachelor thesis at the Institute of Physical Chemistry (Title: “Investigation of cellular adhesion as a function of the elasticity of polyacrylamide gels”.