Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reemtsma


Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reemtsma
Department of Analytical Chemistry
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig


+49 341 235 1261
+49 341 235 1238
+49 341 235 451261

Main Research Topics

Analytical Chemistry

  • Development of analytical methods for organic compounds in environmental compartments
  • Trace analysis of polar compounds in water by HPLC-MS/MS
  • Multimethods for the trace analysis of contaminants
  • Identification of metabolites formed in natural and technical transformation processes by mass spectrometric means

Trace Organic Compounds

  • Behaviour of trace pollutants in natural and engineered systems such as partially closed water cycles and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Concerted chemical and biological transformation of organic compounds
  • Metabolism of chemicals in humans
  • Pollutants at biogeochemical interfaces (soil/water, biofilm/water, etc)
  • Chemicals Testing

Natural Organic Matter

  • Characterisation of dissolved natural organic matter using ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS), including organic sulfur and nitrogen components
  • Formation and transformation of NOM in terrestrial, marine and atmospheric environment

Curriculum vitae

since 2011

Professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Leipzig
Head of the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the UFZ


Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry at TU Berlin


Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR, Berlin)
Head of Unit 81 ‘Contaminants in the Food Chain’
Head of the ‘National Reference Laboratory for Dioxins and PCB in Feed and Food’
Coordinator of the Department ‘Chemicals Safety’
Deputy of Unit 67 ‘Residue Analysis of Pesticides’


Senior Researcher at the Department of Water Quality Control of TU Berlin


Scientific Manager of the Research Centre ‘Water in Urban Areas’ of TU Berlin


Habilitation in ‘Environmental Chemistry’


Senior Researcher at the Department of Water Quality Control of TU Berlin


Ph.D. thesis (Prof. Dr. Martin Jekel) at the Department of Water Quality Control of Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin)


Pre-doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Biogeochemistry (Prof. E.T. Degens, Prof. Dr. Venugopalan Ittekkot), University of Hamburg


Diploma in Chemistry, University of Hamburg


Member of the Board of the Division of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology ("Fachgruppe Umweltchemie und Ökotoxikologie") of the German cheical Society (GDCh)


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