Dr. Dana Kühnel

Dr. Dana Kühnel
Photo: Sebastian Wiedling/UFZ

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building: 6.0
Room: 230
Phone: +49 341 6025 1515

Dr. Dana Kühnel 

Research Interests

  • assessment of (eco)toxicological effects of anthropogenic particles: engineered nanomaterials, nano/microplastic, combustion derived particles, advanced/innovative materials
  • Organism-particle interaction: assessment of attachment, internalisation and distribution of anthropogenic particles in environmental organisms
  • Mixture effects of anthropogenic particles and auxiliary chemicals
  • Science and Risk Communication on the environmental safety of anthropogenic particles (Knowledge Base Materials www.nanoobjects.info)

Curriculum Vitae


Visiting scientist at the University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Nanobioteam, Ljublijana, Slovenia

Since 2016

Teaching: lectures for students of the “Postgraduate Studies in Toxicology and Environmental Protection”, University of Leipzig, 

Since 2009

Scientist, Department of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig


Scientist, Department of Cell Toxicology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig

07/2001 - 03/2006

PhD-student/Scientist, University of Potsdam, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Toxicology

PhD thesis: “Histological and molecular genetic analysis of intestinal tissues of F344 rats exposed to the human-relevant carcinogen 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP)”

06/2001 - 10/2001

Student, Biology, University of Potsdam, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute for Biochemistry and Biology, Department Animal Physiology

Diploma thesis: “The Innervation of the Salivary gland of Periplaneta americana”

Current Projects

PlasticsFatE - Plastics Fate and Effects in the human body; 01.04.2021 - 31.03.2025

FaPlaN - Investigation of ecotoxicological effects of fibrous and platelet-shaped advanced materials for deriving adapted testing strategies; 01.09.2023 - 31.08.2026

MANTRA - Data on innovative materials for sustainability and transfer
(Accompanying project to the Material Hub Initiative MaterialNeutral - Resource sovereignty through material innovations); 01.01.2024 - 30.06.2028

Completed projects

NanoRigo - Establishing a NANOtechnology RIsk Governance Framework; 01.01.2019 - 28.02.2023

InnoMatLife - Innovative materials and new production processes: Safety in the life cycle and industrial value creation; 01.04.2019 - 31.03.2022

DaNa4.0 - Data on new, innovative and safe application related materials; 01.03.2020 - 28.02.2023

NanoValid - Development of reference methods for hazard identification, risk assessment and LCA of engineered nanomaterials

nanoGRAVUR – Nanostrukturierte Materialien – Gruppierung hinsichtlich Arbeits-, Verbraucher- und Umweltschutz und Risikominimierung

GruppNano – Gruppierung von Nanomaterialien im Hinblick auf eine gemeinsame Prüfung von Umweltwirkung für Regulierungsaspekte (UBA-UFO Plan Projekt)

FeNanosit - Iron-based nanoparticles and nanocomposite structures for removal of contaminants from groundwater and wastewater

DaNa - acquisition, evaluation and public-oriented presentation of society-relevant data and findings relating to nanomaterials

DaNa2.0 - Data and knowledge on Nanomaterials - Processing of socially relevant scientific facts

CNT-Membran - Nanoporöse Membranen hohen spezifischen Flusses aus orientierten CNTs für die energieeffiziente Aufbereitung von Ab- und Prozesswässern der Erdöl- und Erdgasindustrie; 01.03.2017 - 29.02.2020

WeatherMICS (JPI Oceans) - How weathering processes influence the transport, fate and toxicity of microplastics (MPs) and their leachates in the marine environment

Rapporting to the International expert meeting „OECD Horizontal Meeting on Eco-Toxicology and Environmental Fate of Nanomaterials“, OECD-WPMN / BMU / UBA

INOS - Identifizierung und Bewertung von Gesundheits- und Umweltauswirkungen von technischen nanoskaligen Partikeln; BMBF-Projekt; Arbeitspaket 4 / UFZ-Toxikologische Analyse von Nanopartikeln und Identifizierung von Wirkungsmechanismen


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2019 (5)

2018 (5)

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2011 (1)

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