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Seminars


Thursday, 25th June 2020, RWI, H24

Lectures Candidates Junior Group Ecotoxicology (f/m/d)


Monday, tba, NWIII, H36 ***shifted due to Covid19***

Prof. Dr. Arjan W. Kleij, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)


Monday, tba, NWIII, H36 ***shifted due to Covid19***

Prof. Dr. Markus Biesalski, Makromolekulare Chemie und Papierchemie, TU Darmstadt


Monday, tba, NW III, H36 ***shifted due to Covid19***

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg, Chair of Biotechnology, RWTH Aachen


Past Seminars:

Wednesday, 06th February 2019

Prof. Dr. Ariel Kushmaro, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel

Micro-plastic, polyethylene biodegradation and the role of copper-binding enzymes (laccase)


Wednesday, 27th November 2019, 16:15 o'clock, NWI, H11

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Streit, Microbiology und Biotechnology, Universität Hamburg

Microbial Degradation of Plastics: Searching the Needle in the Haystack

"Bacteria as plastic waste disposal? Will microorganisms be able to eat microplastics in the future and thus remove them from the environment? What is behind the microorganisms, what effect they have and what opportunities there are for the reduction of nano- and microplastics will be explained here. Further I will address our latest attempts to identify plastic-degrading enzymes and bacteria by mining global metagenomes."

Link Homepage: Prof. Streit

Announcement: Poster

Public Seminar - All interested parties are cordially invited!


Wednesday, 04th December 2019, 16:15 o'clock, NWI, H11

Dr. Michael Sander, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich

Polymers in the underground: on the biodegradation of synthetic polyesters in soils

"Biodegradable plastics have been heavily used in agricultural applications for years, while the biodegradation of these materials in soils remained poorly understood on a fundamental level. This contribution will present highlights on our past and ongoing work on the key steps involved in polyester biodegradation in soils: microbial polymer surface colonisation, polyester hydrolysis by extracellular microbial esterases, and the microbial utilisation of polyester hydrolysis products. The talk will also summarise remaining knowledge gaps on polyester biodegradation in soils and present some ideas of how these can be addressed."

Link Homepage: Dr. Sander

Announcement: Poster

Public Seminar - All interested parties are cordially invited!


Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 16:15 o'clock, NWI, H11

Prof. Dr. Eva Lehndorff, Department Soil Ecology, University of Bayreuth

Prof. Dr. Tillmann Lüders, Ecological Microbiology, University of Bayreuth


SFB-internal Seminar for PIs and PhDs.


Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 16:15 o'clock, NWI, H11

Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecking, Chemische Materialwissenschaften, Universität Konstanz

Towards non-persistent polyethylene-like materials by polymerization catalysis methods

Polyethylene is the most important plastic with excellent materials properties due to its crystallinity, yet it is persistent in a natural environment. We pursue approaches to endow polyethylene-like materials with a non-persistent nature by introducing low densities of functional groups as break points in the chain. Key are polymerization catalysis methods that are compatible with such functional groups. These also provide access to unique polymer micro- and nanoparticles for studies of the fate of microplastics in the environment.

Link Homepage: Prof. Mecking

Announcement: Poster

Public Seminar - All interested parties are cordially invited!


Monday, 27th January 2020, 17:00 o'clock, NWIII, H36

Prof. Dr. Marco Beeken, Didactics of Chemistry, University of Osnabrück

Science Communication: Sustainability and Microplastics

The topics environment protection and sustainability are currently being intensively discussed  in society, the media, sciences and politics. “Fridays for Future” may act as a prominent example here. However, on closer inspection, it becomes clear that many citizens show great interest in these topics, but are often rather uninformed with regard to details.

For this reason, science communication is of great significance. In this lecture, first some theoretical basic knowledge on science communication based on the example of microplastics is presented, after which some concrete event formats and their evaluation results are discussed.

Link Homepage: Prof. Beeken

Announcement: Poster

Public Seminar - All interested parties are cordially invited!


Monday, 3rd February 2020, 17:00 o'clock, NWIII, H36

Prof. Dr. Matthias Rillig, Plant Ecology, Freie Universität Berlin

Microplastic effects in terrestrial ecosystems

Microplastic effects have only relatively recently become a concern in terrestrial ecosystems, with research having initially focused on aquatic systems. In this talk I discuss the role of microplastic as a global change factor affecting soils and plants.

Link Homepage: Prof. Rillig

Announcement: Poster

Public Seminar - All interested parties are cordially invited!


Monday, 24th February 2020, 17:00 o'clock, NWIII, H36

Dr. habil Lars Dähne, Surflay Nanotec GmbH, Berlin

Synthesis of functionalized, monodisperse microparticles from different plastic materials


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