Dr. Dietmar Schlosser


Dr. Dietmar Schlosser
Group Leader Environmental Mycology

Department of Applied Microbial Ecology
Working Group Environmental Mycology
Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 6025 1329

Dietmar Schlosser

CV / Scientific career



Diploma in Biology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany


PhD, Chair of Technical Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

Professional experience


Research Associate, Chair of Technical Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

1994 -2000

Scientific Assistant (C1), Chair of Applied and Ecological Microbiology Institute of Microbiology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany


Junior Research Group Leader, UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle

since 2005

Group Leader Environmental Mycology, Department of Applied Microbial Ecology (formerly Department of Environmental Microbiology), UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle

Research interests

My field of research covers the biotransformation and degradation of various organic environmental pollutants (synthetic polymers - plastics - and their additives, micro-pollutants, and “classical” mass pollutants) by fungal organisms, as well as fungal conversion and valorisation of complex natural compounds such as lignocellulose.

Based on an ecologically motivated research approach with an application orientation, special emphasis is placed on the biochemistry/enzymology, physiology, ecology and biotechnology of fungi of diverse habitats and lifestyles.

Current research projects and co-operations

TapNature - Tapping nature’s potential for sustainable production and a healthy environment - towards a waste-minimized sustainable bioeconomy (2021 - 2027; Helmholtz research program "Changing Earth - Sustaining our Future")

FINEST Microplastics - Use and management of finest particulate anthropogenic material flows in a sustainable circular economy (2022 - 2027; Helmholtz project funded within the Helmholtz Sustainability Challenge)

CLEANER - Fostering pollutant-sink functions of blue-green Infrastructures: towards local urban water cycles in climate-resilient cities (2023 - 2026; PhD college of UFZ's Research Unit Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology)

microPlastics Competence Cluster at UFZ

Completed projects

DeltAdapt - Sustainable adaptation of coastal agro-ecosystems to increased salinity intrusion (BMBF project)

BIOCLEAN - Biotechnological solutions for the degradation of synthetic polymeric materials (EU FP7 project)

MINOTAURUS - Microorganism and enzyme immobilization: novel techniques and approaches for upgraded remediation of underground-, wastewater and soil (EU FP7 project)

SOPHIED - Novel sustainable bioprocesses for the European colour industries (EU FP 6 project)

Adaptive physiological and biochemical reactions caused by ecological relevant substances (DFG graduate school)

Other professional activities