Board (2019-2022)


Prof. Dr. Clemens Walther
Leibniz University Hannover
Institute for Radioecology and Radiation Protection


Dr. Alice Seibert
European Commission
JRC - Joint Research Center
Nuclear surveillance and security


Dr. Marcus Altmaier
Karlsruher Institute for Technology
Institute for Nuclear Waste Management (INE)

Dr. Klaus Eberhardt
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Institute for Nuclear Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Bernd Neumaier
Research Center Jülich GmbH
Institute for Neuroscience and medicine,

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Stumpf
Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf eV
Institute for Resource Ecology

Prof. Dr. Andreas Türler
University of Bern
Department of Chemistry and biochemistry

Dr. Marcus Altmaier

Dr. Marcus Altmaier studied chemistry at the University of Cologne, where he submitted his doctorate in 1999 in the field of nuclear chemistry . M. Altmaier has been working at the Institute for Nuclear Waste Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT-INE) since December 2000. KIT-INE works in the context of safety research on nuclear waste disposal. The main activities focus on researching various (geo) chemical processes that may be required in the context of safety analyzes. Nuclear chemistry work is very relevant in this field of work in order to be able to reliably predict the behavior of long-lived radionuclides such as plutonium in different scenarios.

The scientific work of M. Altmaier primarily covers the chemistry of actinides and long-lasting fission products in aqueous solution. Numerous studies deal with the solubility and complex formation of actinides in repository-relevant aquatic systems. The basic scientific work includes the determination and evaluation of thermodynamic data as well as the derivation of reliable model parameters for the description of ion-ion interaction processes. The work requires complementary spectroscopic analyzes and Mr. Altmaier has gained a good overview of modern analytical and radiochemical methods based on many years of experience in this research area. Dr. Altmaier works in numerous application-related third-party funded projects as part of basic security research. One focus here is the preparation and coordination of joint projects in a European and international context.

Dr. Klaus Eberhardt

Klaus Eberhardt studied chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and received his doctorate there in 1992 at the Institute for Nuclear Chemistry with Prof. Dr. Günter Herrmann. Since 1993 he has been a member of the management of the TRIGA Mainz research reactor, where he is responsible for the organization and implementation of the experimental program.

His research focuses on the chemistry of the heaviest elements, the production of thin layers of lanthanide and actinide elements for studying heavy ion reactions, for nuclear spectroscopic investigations and in metrology as well as in the application of neutron activation analysis for trace element analysis.

Since 1998 he has been working regularly at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna to develop guidelines for the treatment of radioactive waste from research reactors, as well as for the operation and use of reactors in research, training and maintenance of skills. Participation in various IAEA publications and in IAEA training courses. Since 2000 he has also been a lecturer at the power plant school in Essen (KWS) in the training of operators for research reactors. From 2006 to 2012 Klaus Eberhardt was one of three German representatives of the TrainMiC program (Training of Metrology in Chemistry) of the European Commission.

From 2009 to 2013 he was a member of the Board of the working group "analytics with radionuclides and high-performance radiation sources Power Radiation Sources (ARH)" of the GDCh. Since 2016 he has been President of the "International Nuclear Target Development Society (INTDS)".

Prof. Dr. Bernd Neumaier

Bernd Neumaier studied chemistry at the University of Cologne and received his doctorate in nuclear chemistry in 1996 with Prof. G. Stöcklin. From 1996 to 2006 he was head of the cyclotron / radiopharmaceutical division in the Clinic for Nuclear Medicine at the Ulm University Hospital. In addition to routine production, he was responsible for radiochemical research. In 2006 he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research. In 2009 he completed his habilitation in nuclear chemistry at the University of Cologne. After rejecting a W3 professorship at the DKFZ at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, in 2013 he accepted a W3 professorship at the Cologne University Hospital. There he founded the Institute for Radiochemistry and Experimental Molecular Imaging. In 2015 he was offered a W3 professorship at the Institute for Neurosciences and medicine: nuclear chemistry (INM-5) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, of which he has been director since then. Bernd Neumaier was a longstanding committee member of the Working Group for Radiochemistry and Radiopharmacy and a member of the board of the German Society for Nuclear Medicine. He is also a member of the DGN's Radiopharmacy Committee.

His main research areas can be summarized as follows: Development of new radiofluorination methods and their practical application in establishing new radiotracers in PET imaging. The focus here is on neurological tracers to visualize pathophysiological processes and to clarify the function and structure of the brain. Another research focus is the development and manufacture of non-standard radionuclides and their use in therapy.

Dr. Alice Seibert

Dr. Alice Seibert studied chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and received her doctorate in 1999 at the Institute for Nuclear Chemistry there with Prof. Dr. Jens-Volker Kratz as part of a joint federal project on repository research. After completing her doctorate, she continued this topic at the University of Mainz.

From 2001 to 2005 she worked at the Institute for Nuclear Waste Management at the Karlsruhe Research Center (today Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT-INE) in the field of the aquatic chemistry of actinides. After a scholarship at the Institute for Transuranium Elements (today Joint Research Center Karlsruhe, JRC Karlsruhe) in the field of surface science and fuel corrosion, in 2011 she moved to WAK GmbH reprocessing plant Karlsruhe, (now KTE) to take on scientific advice on ongoing operational and contract work in dismantling and the accreditation of the radiochemical laboratory.

Since the end of 2013 she has been employed as an official of the European Commission at the JRC Karlsruhe and is involved in projects in the field of nuclear safety research and disposal.

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Stumpf

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Stumpf has been Head of the Institute for Resource Ecology at the HZDR since September 2013 and holds the Professorship for Radiochemistry / Radioecology at the Technical University of Dresden. After studying chemistry and completing his doctorate at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, he moved to the Institute for Nuclear Waste Management at the FZK (now KIT) in 1998. Further scientific stations were the University of Edinburgh, the Research Center Dresden-Rossendorf (today HZDR) and the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. Between 2006 and 2011 he headed the Helmholtz university junior research group ?Elucidation of geochemical reaction mechanisms at the water / mineral interface? at KIT. In 2008 he completed his habilitation in radiochemistry at Heidelberg University, in 2009 at KIT in inorganic chemistry the "Fritz-Strassmann-Preis" of the German Chemical Society. He is currently a member of the Young Investigator Network (YIN) of the KIT, the German Chemical Society, the GDCh Division of Nuclear Chemistry , the European Association of Geochemistry, the German Radiation Research Competence Group Working Group for repository research and the Federal Radiation Protection Commission (SSK), Radioecology Department.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Türler

Prof. Dr. Andreas Türler is a full professor of radiochemistry in the Department of Chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Bern. At the same time, he also heads the laboratory for radio and environmental chemistry at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen. Andreas Türler grew up in Bern and studied chemistry at the University of Bern. After receiving his doctorate in 1989, he spent three years as a postdoc at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, where he worked on the chemical analysis of artificially produced, very heavy elements. For this work he was awarded the ?Fritz Strassmann Prize? of the German Chemical Society . A position as a research assistant at the Paul Scherrer Institute led him back to Switzerland in 1992, where he qualified as a professor at the University of Bern in 2000. At the end of 2001, Andreas Türler a professorship for radiochemistry at the Technical University of Munich, where he took over the management of the Institute for Radiochemistry there. The focus of research interests was on the production of new radionuclides for nuclear medicine applications at the FRM-II neutron source, which was recently put into operation in Munich, and on the cyclotron, as well as the development of radioanalytical methods with neutron beams. On August 1, 2009, he moved back to Switzerland. Andreas Türler was chairman of the Division of Nuclear Chemistry from 2007-2010.

Prof. Dr. Clemens Walther

Prof. Dr. Clemens Walther is Head of the Institute for Radioecology and Radiation Protection at Leibniz University Hannover. After studying physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the University of Washington in Seattle WA (USA), he did his doctorate at the Institute for Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Mainz. In 1999 he moved to the Institute for Nuclear Waste Management at KIT (formerly FZK). There he worked as a group leader for nanoparticle analysis and deputy head of actinide analysis. In 2008 he completed his habilitation in nuclear chemistry on hydrolysis and polymerisation of actinides. For this work he was awarded the ?Fritz Strassmann Prize? of the German Chemical Society . Current research focuses are radionuclide spread in the contaminated areas around Fukushima, Chernobyl and the former uranium mining area Mulde, as well as research on the behavior of anthropogenically emitted I-129 in environmental compartments. As one of the spokespersons for the BMBF group ENTRIA, he works on interdisciplinary and radiation protection-related issues relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

Advisory Board of the Board (2019 - 2022)

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kopka (from 2020)
Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf
Institute for Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research

dr Gert Langrock
Framatome GmbH

Prof. Dr. Petra Panak
Heidelberg University / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Nuclear Waste Management (INE)

Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Scherer
University of Mannheim
Faculty of Process and Chemical Engineering

PD dr Erik Strub
University of Cologne
Institute of Biochemistry / Department of nuclear chemistry

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dr Alexander Haseloer (student representative)
University of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kopka

Since the year 2013 Prof. Dr. Klaus Kopka held a full professorship position at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, Germany, and was head of the Division of Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry of the German Cancer Research Center [DKFZ], Heidelberg, Germany. In 2019 he has accepted the call on a full professorship for Bioinorganic and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry at Technical University Dresden [TUD], Germany, which is combined with the directorship of the Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf [HZDR].

His current research interests focus on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences with focus on thera (g) nostic radiopharmaceutical drug development which bridges medicinal chemistry on oncologically relevant radiotracers with translational research in nuclear medicine. In the recent years, Klaus Kopka was mainly focused on the development of novel theranostic radiotracers targeting the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), ie PSMA-617 and PSMA-1007. The clinical translation of such highly promising new radiotracers is very important and can only be realized by state-of-the-art GMP-compliant production on-site, which is implemented at HZDR by available hot labs with clean room environment.

Klaus Kopka received his venia legendi (Habilitation) for the field Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry in the year 2007 at the Westfälische Wilhems-University of Münster, Germany. Since the year 2012 he is Chairman of the Working Group Radiochemistry / Radiopharmacy Committee (AGRR) of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine (DGN). The AGRR currently consists of more than 200 members, predominantly scientists from Radiochemistry and Radiopharmacy of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DA-CH region).

Klaus Kopka was honored in the year 2018 together with his colleagues Michael Eisenhut, Matthias Eder and Uwe Haberkorn with the highly recognized ?The Stifterverband Science Award - Erwin Schrödinger Prize? of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. Klaus Kopka is author and co-author of more than 200 quotable publications (Web of Science) and is inventor and co-inventor of more than 10 patents, mainly dealing with the development of new tracers and radiopharmaceuticals for non-invasive thera (g) nostics in vivo. He is the radiopharmaceutical coordinator of the ongoing prospective multi-center clinical trial (IIT, phases-I / -II, recruitment of 173 patients complete) within the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) using [68Ga] Ga-PSMA-11 (cf. Identifier: NCT03362359).

At HZDR Klaus Kopka further concentrates on the development and translation of new classes of oncologically relevant radiotracers for early detection and theranostic treatment of cancer (cf. ).

Dr. Gert Langrock

Dr. Gert Langrock works in the radiochemical laboratory of Framatome GmbH in Erlangen. He studied chemistry at the University of Leipzig. He completed his dissertation "On the problems of liquid scintillation spectroscopy in transactinide experiments" at the Institute for Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Mainz with Prof. Dr. Jens Volker Kratz.

He has been with Framatome since 2003 and focuses on experiments with the chemistry of fission products in nuclear power plant accidents and the behavior of core meltdowns. At the same time, he has also been active as a project manager in R&D projects for years. He also works in numerous customer and service projects in various functions. He was also a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Nünberg for the subject "Radiochemistry and Nuclear Technology" from 2006-2011.

Prof. Dr. Petra J. Panak

Prof. Dr. Petra J. Panak is professor for radiochemistry at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (EnBW endowed professorship). After studying chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, she completed her doctorate (Actinide Chemistry Department) at the Institute for Radiochemistry at the Technical University of Munich under the direction of Prof. Dr. JI Kim on. This was followed by stays at the Institute for Radiochemistry at the Dresden-Rossendorf Research Center and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California. The focus of research at the time was on the microbial interactions of actinides. The habilitation took place in 2008 at the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg on "aquatic chemistry of actinides in colloidal systems". In November 2008, she followed the call to the EnBW foundation professorship in "Radiochemistry" at the University of Heidelberg. At the same time she is head of the group ?Coordination Chemistry of Actinides? at the Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal at KIT, North Campus. Since February 2014 she has been a member of the Radioactive Waste Disposal Committee of the Disposal Commission (ESK). In September 2014 she was appointed to the supervisory board of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Scherer

Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Scherer has been Professor of physical chemistry and Radiochemistry at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences since the beginning of 2016. After studying chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, he completed his doctorate at the GSI Darmstadt and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the synthesis and investigation of the chemical properties of elements at the top of the periodic table. During his postdoc at the Paul Scherrer Institute, he worked on the production of radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals. He then established the routine production of FDG at the main cyclotron department of the Karlsruhe Research Center. From 1993-1997 he worked as a radiopharmacist and medical physicist at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Clinic. In 1997 he switched to the professorship for nuclear chemistry at the FH Aachen Campus Jülich. There he built up the master's degree "European Master in Nuclear Applications EMiNA". Research topics are methods of rapid radioanalysis, radionuclide production, and questions of the dismantling of nuclear facilities and nuclear waste disposal, including NORM.

Prof. Scherer has been chairman of the GDCh working group for analytics with radionuclides and high-performance radiation sources radiation sources (ARH) since 2017. He is a member of the Nuclear Technology Society and the Association for Radiation Protection. He has been working in the nuclear technology competence network since 2006 and is a member of the DKE standardization committee 967. He is a founding member of the European university network CHERNE.

PD Dr. Erik Strub

PD Dr. Erik Strub is Head of the working group "Analysis and Nuclear Chemistry Basics" in the nuclear chemistry Department at the University of Cologne. He studied chemistry in Mainz and wrote his diploma thesis and dissertation (2000) at the Institute for Nuclear Chemistry with Prof. JV Kratz, both papers on the chemistry of the heaviest elements.

During stays at the Hahn Meitner Institute (today: Helmholtz Center Berlin) and the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), he dealt with ion beam analysis and synchrotron methods. After a short stay in the nuclear chemistry department at the University of Cologne (2008), he worked for 5 years as an expert at the Society for Plant and Reactor Safety (GRS) in the environmental and radiation protection department; there he mainly dealt with the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. He has been a working group leader at the University of Cologne since 2013 (habilitated in 2014).

His interests include all methods of nuclear analysis and the measurement of long-lived radionuclides.

dr Alexander Haseloer (student representative)

dr Alexander Haseloer studied chemistry at the University of Cologne and began his doctorate at the end of 2017 at the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry there with Prof. Dr. Axel Klein. His research focuses on bioinorganic coordination chemistry by developing peptide receptor radiopharmaceuticals. He also deals with the coordination chemistry of f-elements.

He has been spokesman for the Cologne-Leverkusen Young Chemists Regional Forum since 2016 and also represents the interests of young chemists in the VAA.

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