Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry (ISEC)

At the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental 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.

Research Fields

Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kümmerer

Science Education

Prof. Dr. Simone Abels

Resource Efficiency

APL-Prof. Dr. Daniel Pleissner


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

Studying Sustainable Chemistry in Lüneburg!

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.

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

Additional possibilities for in-depth studies after having finished the master studies are to promote with a PHD-thesis in either of the following topics:

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

The acquired doctorate title will be “Dr. rer. nat.”. For more information on PhD studies at the Leuphana, please click here