Urs Berger, PhD

Senior Scientist


Department Analytical Chemistry
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
DE-04318 Leipzig

Building 4.0, Room 219
Phone: +49 341 235 4654

Dr. Birgit Daus

Research Topics

My research focus is on the development and validation of chemical methods for trace analysis of emerging organic contaminants in environmental and human matrices. A special focus is on the use of various LC/MS techniques. Furthermore, I am interested in the application of the developed methods to gain an understanding of environmental and (eco)toxicological pollutant dynamics. Current target contaminants include highly polar industrial chemicals in the water cycle (PROMOTE project), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), and chlorinated paraffins (CPs). Earlier research included brominated flame retardants, hydroxylated PCB metabolites and pharmaceuticals.

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2014

2006 - 2015

Senior Scientist at the Department Analytical Chemistry of the UFZ

Senior Scientist and Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES), Stockholm University, Sweden

2001 - 2007

Scientist and Senior Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) in Tromsø, Norway

1997 - 2000

PhD studies in organic analytical chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michael Oehme at the University of Basel, Switzerland. PhD thesis "Structure Elucidation and Quantification of Trichothecenes and Bisphenol Diglycidyl Ether Derivatives in Food by HPLC Combined with Multiple Mass Spectrometry".


Internship in pharmaceutical research at F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Basel, Switzerland

1991 - 1996

Studies of chemistry at the University of Bern, Switzerland. M.Sc. thesis "Supramolecular Materials: Synthesis and Crystallization of Novel Nonlinear Optical Systems".


A list of publications can be found at