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Prof. Dr. Ralf Zimmermann

Universität Rostock, Lehrstuhl für Analytische Chemie

Prof. Dr. Ralf Zimmermann

Ralf Zimmermann, born in 1963, received his doctorate in 1995 from the TU Munich/Weihenstephan in chemistry und from 1997 on headed the department “Environmental Chemistry and Process Analytics” at the BIfA (Bavarian Institute of Applied Environmental Science and Technology) and “Analytical Laser Mass Spectrometry and Development of Methods for Aerosol Research” at the Institute of Ecological Chemistry of Research Center for Health and Environment (GSF). After a research period at the University of Antwerp in 1999 and qualifying as a professor in 2001 (TU Munich), he became professor for analytical chemistry at the University of Augsburg in 2001 before moving on to the University of Rostock, where he is full professor for analytical chemistry. Additionally, he heads the cooperation group “Comprehensive Molecular Analytics” at the Helmholtz Centre Munich – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU), is head of the “Joint Mass Spectrometry Centre Rostock-Munich (JMSC)” and since 2012 has been spokesperson of the Helmholtz Virtual Institute of Complex Molecular Systems in Environmental Health (HICE).


Ralf Zimmermann is an active member of German Chemical Society/specialist group “analytical chemistry” (GdCh), the German Society of Mass Spectrometry (DGMS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Society of Mass Spectrometry (ASMS), the American Association of Aerosol Researcher (AAAR) as well as of the German Society of Aerosol Research (GAeF).


His most important honors include a doctoral scholarship from DECHMA/Volkswagen-Stiftung (1993-1995), the specialist group award “Analytical Chemistry” from GDCh (1999) and the J. B. Phillips award for multi-dimensional comprehensive chromatography (2008).


His research focuses on developing new analytical methods in instrumental analytical chemistry (mass/photoionization), analyzing complex molecular systems in environment, biology and industry as well as health effects of aerosols and biomedical analyses


  • Photoionization mass spectrometry
  • Single-particle mass spectrometry
  • High-resolution mass spectrometry
  • Multi-dimensional gas chromatography
  • Cell exposure using air-liquid-interface (ALI)
  • Multi-OMICS

Facts, background information, dossiers

  • multi-omics

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