Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources

We focus on sustainability in the context of the life cycle of chemical substances, covering also issues of raw materials, their synthesis, their application as well as their fate after use. We teach and do research in the field of sustainable chemistry and pharmacy. In particular, we are interested in finding out how chemistry and pharmacy may contribute to sustainability in a sustainable manner.

Apart from chemical substances and products as such, the associated material flows are of high importance to us, especially when it comes to so-called strategic resources (phosphates, rare earth elements).

We focus on:

  •  developing a better understanding of sustainable chemistry and sustainable pharmacy
  •  the sustainable design of chemical and pharmaceutical products (molecules, materials)
  •  developing concepts like benign by design and the dissipation of materials
  •  the experimental and practical implementation of such concepts
  •  protecting water resources from contamination by pharmaceuticals and chemicals

Our research and teaching is based on intra- and transdisciplinary studies within the Faculty of Sustainability as well as on national and international co-operations. As Research & Education Hub we are an important part of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3). Based on international co-operations with states of the Global South, we are elaborating and offering studies on sustainable chemistry (Education). In the field of Research we are identifying and evaluating the latest trends of research with regard to sustainable chemistry.


As Research & Education Hub we take part in the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Center (ISC3)



  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer

Administrative Professor

    Personal Assistant

    • Karen Kratschmer


    • Dr. Dorota Bartkowiak
    • Dr. Marco Reich
    • Dr. Ing. Oliver Olsson
    • Dr. Svenja Schloß
    • Dr. Wolf-Ulrich Palm

    PhD Students

    • Ann-Kathrin Amsel, M.Sc.
    • Dipl.-Biol. Mark Helamieh
    • Lisa Keßler, M.Sc.
    • Stefanie Lorenz, M.Sc.
    • Lamia Mahouachi
    • Neele Puhlmann
    • Lena Schnarr
    • Morten Suk, M.Sc.

    Laboratory Assistants

    • Evgenia Logunova, B.Sc.
    • Magnus Winkelmann, B.Sc.