Ecology and Environmental Engineering

Applied Ecology

Environmental safety of chemicals and products including nanomaterials and agrochemicals

  • exposure calculations
  • fate and distribution of substances and ecotoxicity testing, e.g. according to EU- and OECD-directives
  • extended standard and higher tier tests (e.g. fish life cycle tests, micro- and mesocosm studies), and higher-tier risk assessment

Metabolism of agrochemicals

  • rotational crop studies
  • uptake and metabolism in crop and livestock
  • assessment and structure identification of unknown metabolites, using e.g. 14C-labeling and LC-SPE/NMR

Soil and water protection

  • soil and water analysis (chemical, biological, ecological)
  • ecotoxicity testing
  • deduction of water quality objectives and soil quality standards (soil values)
  • simulation of technical processes (e.g. composting or waste disposal) and ecosystem compartments

Food and feed safety

  • substance-related food and feed analytics and analytics of commodities including specialized instrumental analysis
  • detection procedures using biochemistry and molecular biology; food microbiology
  • development of inexpensive screening procedures

Environmental monitoring

  • operation of the Federal Environmental Specimen Bank
  • substance-related monitoring programs
  • organic environmental and trace analysis
  • element and element species analysis

Environment and technology

  • Molecular agents for the chemicals industry
  • Biomaterials
  • Biological and membrane-based methods for environmental and energy technologies
  • Functional materials and membrane modules

Toxicology and environmental hygiene

Toxicological studies in compliance with guidelines on:

  • Chemicals
  • Biocides
  • Poorly soluble particles
  • Fibers
  • Environmental pollutants/car exhausts
  • Electromagnetic fields


Studies on the mode of action

Method development

Workplace analysis:

  • Chemicals
  • Particles

Risk assessment for:

  • Workplace
  • Environment
  • Consumers


In-vitro models for target cells of the respiratory tract

Registration of biocides

Databases and information systems for toxicology

Reference center for histopathological assessment

Biological and membrane-based methods for environmental and energy technologies

We offer biological and membrane-based technologies for:

  • Environmental remediation
  • Waste recycling and recovery of recyclable materials
  • Water treatment, recycling, and management
  • Production of resources using microalgae

Engineering and scale-up

We develop complete solutions from test tubes to pilot plants.

Novel bacteria strain KS7D

Demonstration center for process-integrated environmental technology at the Fraunhofer IGB

Two-stage high-capacity facility for fermentation of sewage sludge