Dr. Katrin Mackenzie

Dr. Katrin Mackenzie


Dr. Katrin Mackenzie
Department Head

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Department Technical Biogeochemistry
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 6025 1760 (Office)
Fax +49 341 6025 45 1760

Professional Career


Diploma in Chemistry and PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) 1991 from Technical University Leuna-Merseburg with focus on Organometallic Chemistry and Heterogeneous Catalysis

Board Membership

Member of the Supervisory Board of the UFZ since July 2017.

since 2024


Head of the Department "Technical Biogeochemistry"

Acting Head of the Department "Environmental Engineering"

since 2015

Head of the Working Group "Environmental Catalysis - Reductive Processes"

since 1994

Scientist at UFZ


Postdoctoral Research Associate, State University of New York, Binghamton, USA


Scientist, Technical University Leuna-Merseburg


Research stay (4 months) at Oxford University (UK), Stifterverband Fellow


Research stay (5 months) at Institute of Catalysis of the Russian Academy of Science, Novosibirsk

Research Areas

chemical methods for water treatment, groundwater treatment, nanoremediation, Carbo-Iron®, Colloidal Activated Carbon, environmental catalysis, reduction methods, dehalogenation of organic pollutants, halogenated micropollutants, poly- und perfluorinated surfactants (PFAS), PMOCs, nanocatalysts for wastewater treatment, palladium- and copper catalysts, targeted subsurface particle transport, activation of persulfate for water treatment, reactive material design, carbon adsorbers.



Mobile separation device for separating oil-water mixtures for use in disaster relief (DBU, term 01/2024 - 06/2025)


Fostering pollutant-sink functions of Blue-Green Infrastructures: Towards local urban water cycles in climate-resilient cities (UFZ PhD College, Duration 04/2023-03/2026)


Model application on the use of contaminated aquifers for heat management with ATES systems (BMBF, funding code 03G0916A, term 08/2022 - 07/2025)


Groundwater protection through areal treatment of PFAS-contaminated soils by on-site soil elution and water treatment by electrostimulated activated carbon (BMBF, funding code 02WQ1577C, duration 03/2021 - 08/2023)


Sound source identification and degradation assessment of polyfluorinated surfactants (PFAS) in the water cycle by means of component-specific isotope analysis and diagnostic ratios (BMBF- KMU-Innovativ, funding reference 02WQ1598B, term 07/2021 - 12/2023)


Development of composite materials for sorption and destruction of ”conventional“ and „new“ halogenated groundwater pollutants (German BMBF-funded Project with 5 partners, grant agreement number 03XP0090A, time period 02/2017 – 06/2020)


Taking Nanotechnological Remediation Processes from Lab Scale to End User Applications for the Restoration of a Clean Environment (EU-Project with 27 Partners, Grant agreement no: 309517, time period 02/2013 – 01/2017) 


Mikrobial synthesis and recycling of hybrid palladium nano-catalysts and their utilizationin treatment of persistent environmental pollutants (German BMBF-funded project, grant agreement number 03X3571B, time period 02/2013 – 01/2016)


Iron-based nanoparticles and nanocomposite structures for removal of pollutants from ground- and wastewater (German BMBF-funded project, grant agreement number 03X0082A, time period 04/2010 – 12/2013)