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Scientific Career

Professor Elsner (b. 1972) develops analytical methods to investigate the fate of chemicals and microorganisms in complex systems. Besides laser analysis, particle analysis, and bio-analytics, research at the Institute of Hydrochemistry is focused on compound-specific isotope analysis to measure isotope effects at natural abundance. Through innovative analytical methods, the Institute contributes to improvements in the management of chemicals in the environment, helps to establish the self-purification potential of natural systems and helps to optimize turnover in technical systems.

Professor Elsner studied chemistry at the University of Freiburg and at ETH Zürich, where he earned his doctorate in environmental sciences in 2003. After postdoctoral research stays at EAWAG and at the University of Toronto, he became leader of a research unit at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Groundwater Ecology (2006-17) and completed his lecturer qualification in Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Tübingen in 2011. In 2017 Professor Elsner was appointed to the Chair of Analytical Chemistry and Water Chemistry and was made director of the Institute of Hydrochemistry at TUM.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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  • Emerging contaminants: A One Health perspective

    Wang, F., Xiang, L., Sze-Yin Leung, K., Elsner, M., Zhang, Y., Guo, Y., Pan, B., Sun, H., An, T., Ying, G., Brooks, B. W., Hou, D., Helbling, D. E., Sun, J., Qiu, H., Vogel, T. M., Zhang, W., Gao, Y., Simpson, M. J., Luo, Y., & 77 othersChang, S. X., Su, G., Wong, B. M., Fu, T. M., Zhu, D., Jobst, K. J., Ge, C., Coulon, F., Harindintwali, J. D., Zeng, X., Wang, H., Fu, Y., Wei, Z., Lohmann, R., Chen, C., Song, Y., Sanchez-Cid, C., Wang, Y., El-Naggar, A., Yao, Y., Huang, Y., Cheuk-Fung Law, J., Gu, C., Shen, H., Gao, Y., Qin, C., Li, H., Zhang, T., Corcoll, N., Liu, M., Alessi, D. S., Li, H., Brandt, K. K., Pico, Y., Gu, C., Guo, J., Su, J., Corvini, P., Ye, M., Rocha-Santos, T., He, H., Yang, Y., Tong, M., Zhang, W., Suanon, F., Brahushi, F., Wang, Z., Hashsham, S. A., Virta, M., Yuan, Q., Jiang, G., Tremblay, L. A., Bu, Q., Wu, J., Peijnenburg, W., Topp, E., Cao, X., Jiang, X., Zheng, M., Zhang, T., Luo, Y., Zhu, L., Li, X., Barceló, D., Chen, J., Xing, B., Amelung, W., Cai, Z., Naidu, R., Shen, Q., Pawliszyn, J., Zhu, Y. G., Schaeffer, A., Rillig, M. C., Wu, F., Yu, G. & Tiedje, J. M., 1 Jul 2024, In: The Innovation. 5, 4, 100612.

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  • Engineering ORR Electrocatalysts from Co8Pt4 Carbonyl Clusters via ZIF-8 Templating

    Schneider, P. M., Kollmannsberger, K. L., Cesari, C., Khare, R., Boniface, M., Roldán Cuenya, B., Lunkenbein, T., Elsner, M., Zacchini, S., Bandarenka, A. S., Warnan, J. & Fischer, R. A., 1 Mar 2024, In: ChemElectroChem. 11, 5, e202300476.

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  • Nitrogen stable isotope analysis of sulfonamides by derivatization-gas chromatography-isotope ratio mass spectrometry

    Dou, Q., Canavan, A., Fu, Y., Xiang, L., Wang, Y., Wang, X., Jiang, X., Dirr, C., Wang, F. & Elsner, M., 2024, (Accepted/In press) In: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

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  • Porphyrin-based MOFs for sensing environmental pollutants

    Gao, P., Mukherjee, S., Zahid Hussain, M., Ye, S., Wang, X., Li, W., Cao, R., Elsner, M. & Fischer, R. A., 15 Jul 2024, In: Chemical Engineering Journal. 492, 152377.

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  • Standard addition method for rapid, cultivation-independent quantification of Legionella pneumophila cells by qPCR in biotrickling filters

    Schwaiger, G., Matt, M., Streich, P., Bromann, S., Clauß, M., Elsner, M. & Seidel, M., 2024, (Accepted/In press) In: Analyst.

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