Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reemtsma

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

Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig


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analytik@ufz.de
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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

2009

Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry at TU Berlin

2006-2010

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’

2003-2006

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

2001-2003

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

2002

Habilitation in ‘Environmental Chemistry’

1995-2001

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

1991-1994

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

1988-1990

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

1988

Diploma in Chemistry, University of Hamburg


Functions

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


Selected Papers (2011 -2001)

2011

Reemtsma T., Lingott J., Roegler S. (2011)

Determination of 14 monoalkyl phosphates, dialkyl phosphates and dialkyl thiophosphates by LC-MS/MS in human urinary samples.
Sci. Total Environ. 409, 1990-1993. doi

Baumgarten B., Jaehrig J., Reemtsma T. and Jekel M. (2011)

Long term laboratory column experiments to simulate bank filtration: Factors controlling removal of sulfamethoxazole. Water Res. 45, 211-220. doi

2010

Reemtsma T. (2010)

The carbon versus mass diagram to visualize and exploit FTICR-MS data of natural organic matter. J. Mass Spectrom. 45, 382-390. doi

Wicke D. and Reemtsma T. (2010)

Mobilization of hydrophobic contaminants from soils by enzymatic depolymerization of soil organic matter. Chemosphere 78, 996-1003. doi

Reemtsma T., Miehe U., Duennbier U. and Jekel M.(2010)

Polar pollutants in municipal wastewater and the water cycle: Occurrence and removal of benzotriazoles. Water Res. 44, 596-604. doi

Schoenerklee M., Peev M., De Wever H., Weiss S. and Reemtsma T. (2010)

Micropollutant degradation in wastewater treatment: Experimental parameter estimation for an extended biokinetic model. Water Air Soil Pollut. 206, 69-81. doi

2009

Reemtsma T. (2009)

Determination of molecular formulas of natural organic matter molecules by (ultra-) high resolution mass spectrometry - Status and needs. J. Chromatogr. A 1216, 3687-3701. doi

Stahnke H., Reemtsma T. and Alder L. (2009)

Compensation of matrix effects by postcolumn infusion of a monitor substance in multiresidue analysis with LC-MS/MS Anal. Chem 81, 2185-2192. doi

Schoenerklee M., Peev M., De Wever H., Reemtsma T. and Weiss S. (2009)

Modelling the degradation of micropollutants in wastewater: parameter estimation and application to pilot (lab-scale) MBR data in the case of 2,6-NDSA and BTSA. Water Sci. Technol. 59 (1), 149-157. doi

2008

Quintana J.B., Rodil R., Reemtsma T., Garcia-Lopez M. and Rodriguez I. (2008)

Organophosphorus flame retardants and plasticizers in water and air. Part II: Analytical methodology. TrAC Trends Anal. Chem. 27, 904-915. doi

Reemtsma T., Quintana J.B., Rodil R., García-López M. and Rodríguez I. (2008)

Organophosphorus flame retardants and plasticizers in water and air. Part I: Occurrence and fate. TrAC Trends Anal. Chem. 27, 727-737. doi

Weiss S. and  Reemtsma T. (2008)

Membrane bioreactors for municipal wastewater treatment - a viable option to reduce the amount of polar pollutants discharged into surface waters? Water Res. 42, 3837-3847. doi

Wicke D., Böckelmann U. and Reemtsma T. (2008)

Environmental influences on the partitioning and diffusion of hydrophobic organic contaminants in microbial biofilms. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42, 1990-1996. doi.

Reemtsma T., These A., Linscheid M., Leenheer J., Spitzy A. (2008)

Molecular and structural characterization of dissolved organic matter from the deep ocean by FTICR-MS, including highly hydrophilic nitrogenous organic molecules. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42, 1430-1437. doi

Reemtsma T., These A., Springer A. and Linscheid M. (2008)

Differences in the molecular composition of fulvic acid size fractions detected by size-exclusion chromatography-on line-FTICR mass spectrometry. Water Res. 42, 63-72. doi

2007

Wicke D., Böckelmann U. and Reemtsma T. (2007)

Experimental and modeling approach to study sorption of dissolved hydrophobic organic contaminants to microbial biofilms. Water Res. 41, 2202-2210. doi

Quintana J.B. and Reemtsma T. (2007)

Rapid and sensitive determination of ethylendiaminetetraacetic acid and diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid in water samples by ion-pair reversed-phase liquid chromatography-electrospray tandem mass spectrometry. J. Chromatogr. A  1145, 110-117.doi

De Wever H., Weiss S., Reemtsma T., Vereecken J., Müller J., Knepper T., Rörden O., Gonzalez S., Barcelo D. and Hernando M.D. (2007)

Comparison of sulfonated and other micropollutants removal in a membrane bioreactor and conventional wastewater treatment. Water Res. 41, 935-945. doi

2006

Gehringer P., Eschweiler H., Weiss S. and Reemtsma T. (2006)

Decomposition of aqueous naphthalene-1,5-disulfonic acid by means of oxidation processes. Ozone Sci. Eng. 28, 437-443. doi

Reemtsma T., These A., Venkatachari P., Xia X., Hopke P.K., Springer A. and Linscheid M. (2006)

Identification of fulvic acids and sulfated and nitrated analogues in atmospheric aerosol by electrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. Anal. Chem. 78, 8299-8304. doi

Weiss S., Jakobs J. and Reemtsma T. (2006)

Discharge of three benzotriazole corrosion inhibitors with municipal wastewater and improvements by membrane bioreactor treatment and ozonation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40, 7193-7199. doi

Reemtsma T., These A., Springer A. and Linscheid M. (2006)

Fulvic acids as transition state of organic matter: indications from high resolution mass spectrometry. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40, 5839-5845. doi

Reemtsma T., Weiss S., Mueller J., Petrovic M., Gonzalez S., Barcelo D., Ventura F. and Knepper T.P. (2006)

Polar pollutants entry into the water cycle by municipal wastewater: a European perspective. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40, 5451-5458. doi

Quintana J.B. and Reemtsma T. (2006)

Potential of membrane-assisted solvent extraction for the determination of phosphoric acid triesters in wastewater samples by liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry. J. Chromatogr. A 1124, 22-28. doi

Quintana J.B., Rodil R. and Reemtsma T. (2006)

Determination of phosphoric acid mono- and diesters in municipal wastewater by solid-phase extraction and ion-pair liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Anal. Chem. 78, 1644-1650. doi

2005

Weiss S. and Reemtsma T. (2005)

Determination of benzotriazole corrosion inhibitors from aqueous environmental samples by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry. Anal. Chem. 77, 7415-7420. doi

These A. and Reemtsma T. (2005)

Structure-dependent reactivity of low molecular weight fulvic acid molecules during ozonation. Environ Sci. Technol. 39, 8382-8387. doi

Quintana J.B., Weiss S. and Reemtsma T. (2005)

Pathways and metabolites of microbial degradation of selected acidic pharmaceutical and their occurrence in municipal wastewater treated by a membrane bioreactor. Water Res. 39 2654-2664. doi

Reemtsma T. and These A. (2005)

Comparative investigation of low-molecular-weight fulvic acids of different origin by SEC-Q-TOF-MS: new insights into structure and formation. Environ Sci. Technol. 39, 3507-3512. doi

Kloepfer A., Jekel M. and Reemtsma T. (2005)

Occurrence, sources, and fate of benzothiazoles in municipal wastewater treatment plants. Environ. Sci. Technol. 39, 3792-3798. doi

Rodil R., Quintana T. and Reemtsma T. (2005)

Liquid-chromatographic tandem mass spectrometric determination of non-ionic organophosphorus flame retardants and plasticizers in wastewater samples. Anal. Chem. 77, 3083-3089. doi

Kloepfer A., Quintana J.B. and Reemtsma T. (2005)

Operational options to reduce matrix effects in liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry analysis of aqueous environmental samples. J. Chromatogr. A, 1067, 151-158. doi

2004

Quintana J.B., Rodil R. and Reemtsma T. (2004)

Suitability of hollow fibre liquid-phase microextraction for the determination of acidic pharmaceuticals in wastewater by liquid chromatography-electrospray-tandem mass spectrometry. J. Chromatogr. A 1061, 19-26. doi

Kloepfer A., Jekel M. and Reemtsma T. (2004)

Determination of benzothiazoles from complex aqueous samples by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry following solid-phase extraction, J. Chromatogr. A 1058, 81-88. doi

Haroune N., Combourieu B., Besse P., Sancelme M., Kloepfer A., Reemtsma T., DeWever H. and Delort A.-M. (2004)

Metabolism of 2-mercaptobenzothiazole by Rhodococcus rhodochrous. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70, 6315-6319. doi

Reemtsma T. and Klinkow N. (2004)

A strategy for the assessment of hazardous effects in industrial effluents (IDA). Water Sci. Technol. 50 (5), 59 - 66. link

Kloepfer A., Gnirss R., Jekel M. and Reemtsma T. (2004)

Occurrence of benzothiazoles in municipal wastewater and their fate in biological treatment. Water Sci. Technol. 50 (5), 203 - 208. link

Hintner J.-P., Reemtsma T. and Stolz A. (2004)

Biochemical and molecular characterization of a ring-fission dioxygenase with the ability to oxidize (substituted) salicylate(s) from Pseudaminobacter salicylatoxidans. J. Biol. Chem. 279, 37250-37260. doi

These A., Winkler M., Thomas C. and Reemtsma T. (2004)

Determination of molecular formulas and structural regularities of low molecular weight fulvic acids by size-exclusion chromatography with electrospray ionization-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 18, 1777-1786. doi

Quintana J.B. and Reemtsma T. (2004)

Sensitive determination of acidic drugs and triclosan in surface and wastewater by ion-pair reversed-phase liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 18, 765-774. doi

Stueber M. and Reemtsma T. (2004)

Evaluation of three calibration methods to compensate matrix effects in environmental analysis with LC-ESI-MS. Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 378, 910-916. doi

2003

Breithaupt T., Reemtsma T., Jekel M., Storm T. and Wiesmann U. (2003)

Combined biological treatment/ozonation of wastewaters for the mineralisation of non-biodegradable naphthalene-1,5-disulphonic acid. Acta Biotechnol. 23, 321-333. doi

These A. and Reemtsma T. (2003)

Limitations of electrospray ionization of fulvic and humic acids as visible from size exclusion chromatography with organic carbon and mass spectrometric detection. Anal. Chem. 75, 6275-6281. doi

Reemtsma T. (2003)

LC-MS and strategies for trace-level analysis of polar organic pollutants. J. Chromatogr. A 1000, 477-501. doi

Reemtsma T. and These A. (2003)

On-line coupling of size exclusion chromatography with electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry for the analysis of aquatic fulvic and humic acids. Anal. Chem. 75, 1500-1507. doi

Reemtsma T., Savric I. and Jekel M. (2003)

A potential link between the turnover of soil organic matter and the release of aged organic contaminants. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 22, 760-766. doi

2002

Haroune N., Combourieu B., Besse P., Sancelme M., Reemtsma T., Kloepfer A., Diab A., Knapp J.S., Baumberg S. and Delort A.-M. (2002)

Benzothiazole degradation by Rhodococcus pyridinovorans strain PA: evidence of a catechol 1,2-dioxygenase activity. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 68, 6114-6120. doi

Keck A., Rau J., Reemtsma T., Mattes A., Stolz. A. and Klein J. (2002)

Identification of the quinoid redox mediators which are formed during degradation of naphthalene-2-sulfonate by Sphingomonas xenophaga BN6. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 68, 4341-4349. doi

Zywicki B., Reemtsma T. and Jekel M. (2002)

Analysis of commercial vegetable tanning agents by reversed-phase liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry and its application to wastewater. J. Chromatogr. A 970, 191-200. doi

Reemtsma T., Zywicki B., Stueber M., Kloepfer A. and Jekel M. (2002)

Removal of sulfur-organic polar micropollutants in a membrane bioreactor treating industrial wastewater. Environ. Sci. Technol. 36, 1102-1106. doi

2001

Hintner J.-P., Lechner C., Riegert U., Kuhm A.-E., Storm T., Reemtsma T. and Stolz A. (2001)

Direct ring fission of salicylate by a 1,2-dioxygenase activity from Pseudoaminobacter salicylatoxidans. J. Bacteriol. 183, 6936-6942. doi

Reemtsma T. and Jakobs J. (2001)

Concerted chemical and microbial degradation of sulfophthalimides formed from sulfophthalocyanine dyes by white-rot fungi. Environ. Sci. Technol. 35, 4655-4659. doi

Heinfling-Weidtmann A., Reemtsma T., Storm T. and Szewzyk U. (2001)

Sulfophthalimides as major metabolites formed from sulfonated phthalocyanine dyes by the white-rot fungus Bjerkandera adusta. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 203, 179-183. doi

Reemtsma T. (2001)

The use of liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure ionization-mass spectrometry in water analysis - II. Obstacles. Trends Anal. Chem. 20, 533-542. doi

Reemtsma T. (2001)

The use of liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure ionization-mass spectrometry in water analysis - I. Achievements. Trends Anal. Chem. 20, 500-517. doi

Reemtsma T. (2001)

Analysis of sulfophthalimide and some of its derivatives by liquid-chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. J. Chromatogr. A 919, 289-297. doi

Reemtsma T. and Klinkow N. (2001)

Untersuchungsstrategie für gefährliche Stoffe in Abwassereinleitungen der Industrie. UBA Texte 07/01, Umweltbundesamt, Berlin, 142 S.

Strategy for the investigation of hazardous substances in industrial effluents: Industrial Discharge Assessment (IDA). UBA Texte 52/01, Umweltbundesamt, Berlin, 132 S.

Storm T., Hartig C., Reemtsma T. and Jekel M. (2001)

Exact mass measurement on-line with high performance-liquid chromatography on a quadrupole mass spectrometer. Anal. Chem. 73, 589-595. doi

Reemtsma, T. (2001)

Prospects of toxicity-directed wastewater analysis. Anal. Chim. Acta 426, 279-287. doi