Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer
Chair for Sustainable Chemistry and Material Ressource
Director of the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry
Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer has joined the Leuphana University as Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources in 2010. He studied Chemistry at the Universities of Würzburg and Tübingen, where he graduated in an environmental analytical theme. At the same time he completed further training at the German Institute for Distance Education in Ecology and its biological basics. After his thesis in environmental analytical chemistry he worked as coordinator in the chemical department of the Institute of Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) at Freiburg. As Visiting Professor he was active among others at the Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH, USA). At the Department of Environmental Health Sciences of the University Medical Center Freiburg he led the section for applied environmental research as Professor for Environmental Hygiene and Environmental Chemistry.
His research is focused on Sustainable Chemistry, Material Resources and aquatic environmental chemistry. He maintains a worldwide network of co-operations and is founding editor (Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy, Current Opinion in Sustainable Chemistry). He also was editor of Chemosphere and is now associate editor of Chemosphere and Environmental Pollution) and at the editorial board of several international scientific journals. Professor Kümmerer is member of numerous national and international commissions and committees, e. g. the Commission for Water Research of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) , as representative of the German Chemical Society in the management board of the EU Technology platform SusChem Europe and in the Executive Board of the subdivision of Sustainable Chemistry in the German Chemical Society. He regularly acts as reviewer for national and international funding institutions. For his work on the Benign by Design and for his research on pharmaceuticals in the environment concept he received the Recipharm International Environmental Award (Sweden, 2007). In 2015 he has received the "Wasser-Ressourcenpreis" of the Rüdiger Kurt Bode-Stiftung Germany.