Institute of Sustainable Chemistry (INSC)

At the Institute of Sustainable Chemistry the use of chemical substances and the impact of chemicals and pharmaceuticals on the environment and society is one of the main issues of our research and teaching activities. In this respect two complementary subcategories play a central role, i.e. Environmental Chemistry and Sustainable Chemistry. Environmental Chemistry focuses on studies regarding the environmental fate and behavior of already existing chemicals. Based on this, the Sustainable Chemistry develops solutions that meet the criteria of sustainability.

In addition, the Institute for Sustainable Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry is also home to the didactics of natural sciences with its research and teaching activities in the profession of chemistry, biology and science education with the reference subject of natural sciences.


Research Fields

Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer

Science Education

Prof. Dr. Simone Abels

Resource Efficiency

APL-Prof. Dr. Daniel Pleissner

New Media and Sustainable Development

Prof. Dr. Andreas Möller

Administrative Professor

Prof. Dr. Dr. Vânia Zuin Zeidler


Key topics of our research field are as follows:

  • Sustainable Chemistry and Sustainable Pharmacy
  • Inclusive science education
  • Efficient use of biogenic resources

For further details please refer to the respective webpages of the research groups as well as to the central research database and the personal webpages of each scientist at our institute.


Study Programmes

Study sustainability sciences and/or teaching with a science subject at Leuphana!

Many questions of sustainability involve substances and material resources. Thus, environmental chemistry, sustainable chemistry and material resources are integral part of our Bachelor and Master courses. In addition, subject-specific and subject-didactic basics along the curricula of the respective subjects are also central components in the teacher training subjects. There is a strong focus on inclusive pedagogy and digital media.

At the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry the following study courses are being offered:

Bachelor Environmental Sciences

Bachelor Teaching & Learning

Master of Sustainability Sciences

Professional Master of Sustainable Chemistry

Master Education for Secondary Schools

PhD Studies

After completion of the Master's programme, there is the possibility of obtaining a doctorate with the degree of "Dr. rer. nat.", in subject didactics also "Dr. phil", in the following subjects:

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Sustainable Chemistry
  • Material resources
  • Science education

More information on the PhD programs is available here.