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Prof. Dr. Dietrich A. Volmer

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Chemie

Prof. Dr. Dietrich A. Volmer

Dietrich Volmer, born in 1965, is Full Professor and Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He graduated with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Hannover in 1994, under the supervision of Karsten Levsen. After postdoctoral research as ORISE Fellow at the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, AR/USA, he joined the National Research Council's Institute for Marine Biosciences in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1996 as a research associate. He then spent a few years as Head of the Analytical Research Facility at Merck in Darmstadt, Germany, and subsequently returned to Canada in 2001, as Senior Research Officer and Group Leader Biological Mass Spectrometry at the Institute for Marine Biosciences in Halifax. In 2007, Dietrich Volmer accepted a position as Head of the Department Bioanalytical Sciences of the Medical Research Council's Human Nutrition Research Institute in Cambridge, UK. In 2010, he became Krupp Professor and Chair in Analytical Chemistry, and Director of the Institute of Bioanalytical Chemistry at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. Since 2018 he has occupied his current position in Berlin.


“Once you start doing only what you've already proven you can do, you're on the road to death.” (Jerry Seinfeld)


Dietrich Volmer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He served as Vice President of the German Society for Mass Spectrometry (DGMS) between 2017 and 2020. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. He is on the board of several scientific journals and has organized several international conferences and workshops in the field of Analytical Chemistry. Dietrich Volmer has been Editor of Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry since 2004 and in 2018 was also appointed Editor-in-Chief of the journal Analytical Science Advances.


Dietrich Volmer has received multiple research awards including the A.M.S.El. Research Award of the German Chemical Society, an ORISE Fellowship of the Department of Energy (DoE), the Bischoff Young Investigator Award of the German Chemical Society and a Returning Scholars Programme Award by the Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung.


The Volmer group’s research focuses on biological mass spectrometry, separation techniques and instrument development. The team applies innovative instrumental developments to research in metabolomics and lipidomics, with particular emphasis on measuring indicators or biomarkers of disease and nutritional status. It also develops novel ionization methods and studies ion/molecule chemistry and interactions of biological macromolecules with small ligands. Finally, the group specializes on the analysis of very complex samples using high resolution mass spectrometry. 


  • Mass spectrometry
  • Imaging mass spectrometry
  • Separation techniques
  • Quantification methods
  • Analysis of highly complex mixtures

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  • ionization methods
  • ion/molecule chemistry
  • separation techniques

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