Awards & Honors

Paul-Crutzen Award from the GDCh Division of Environmental Chemistry & Ecotoxicology

Since 2000, the GDCh Division of Environmental Chemistry & Ecotoxicology has been awarding a prize for an outstanding scientific publication by young scientists in the field of environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology. The prize was named in 2011 after Paul J. Crutzen, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his work researching the ozone hole. The award is usually given annually and is associated with an award certificate, prize money of 1,000 euros and one-year, free membership in the Division. The Bayer company has been donating the prize money since 2023.

The price is currently not advertised.

Paul-Crutzen Award 2023

The Paul-Crutzen Award - donated by Bayer AG - was shared in 2023 and Divisions to Dr. Carolin Seller-Brison and Dr. Florian Monster awarded.

Dr. Carolin Seller-Brison: "Awarded in recognition of the publication entitled “Do biotransformation data from laboratory experiments reflect micropollutant degradation in a large river basin?" prepared as part of her dissertation at the University of Zurich and Eawag? (Water Research 2023, 235, 119908). The use of simulation studies according to OECD guidelines is a widespread procedure in the context of risk assessment and approval of chemicals. In the work mentioned, Carolin Seller describes to what extent the test results measured in the laboratory reflect the actual behavior in the Correctly reflect the environment. To do this, she combined monitoring data from the Rhine catchment area with both inverse modeling and laboratory-based degradation and distribution studies for more than 25 water-relevant pollutants. This work is honored with the Paul-Crutzen Award because it not only produces highly relevant conclusions regarding not only allows laboratory studies to be compared with behavior in the real environment, but also provides an enormous amount of high-quality data - both on the degradation of pollutants in laboratory tests and in the Rhine catchment area, as well as on the use of a wide range of experimental, analytical and model-based techniques."

Dr. Florian Ungeheuer: "Awarded in recognition of the publication entitled: "Nucleation of jet engine oil vapors is a large source of aviation-related ultrafine particles" (Communications Earth & Environment 2022, 3 , 319). Airports are a large source of airborne particles, which can impact air quality and people's health. In the work mentioned, Florian Ungeheuer shows that lubricating oils from aircraft engines make up a significant proportion of such particles and can be detected up to a size of 10-18 nanometers. In addition, he demonstrates through mechanistic studies that these lubricating oils can make a decisive contribution to the formation of such ultrafine particles. This work is honored with the Paul-Crutzen Award because it impressively demonstrates how, through a carefully considered combination of laboratory and field experiments as well as physical and chemical analysis methods, the occurrence of synthetic lubricating oils in ultrafine aerosol particles could be unambiguously attributed to emissions from aircraft engines. In addition, the quantification of the substances and the mechanistic investigations allow consequences for future reduction measures to be derived."

Paul-Crutzen Award 2022

The Paul-Crutzen Award was shared in 2022 and Divisions to Dr. Steffen Breinlinger and Dr. Awarded to Jennifer Susanne Strehse.

Dr. Dipl.-Pharm. Steffen Breinlinger: "Awarded in recognition of the publication entitled “Hunting the eagle killer: A cyanobacterial neurotoxin causes vacuolar myelinopathy” (Science 2021, 371, 1335-1343 ).   With this work, Dr. Breinlinger, to identify a new cyanobacterial toxin as “eagle killer poison” – the name of the toxin, aetocthonotoxin – which is produced by a cyanobacterium growing on the invasive aquatic plant Hydrilla verticillata. Dr. Breinlinger was able to show that toxin production depends on the availability of bromide, which is accumulated by the host plant. This work is honored with the Paul-Crutzen Award because Dr. Breinlinger impressively achieved the identification of the toxin by combining a variety of methods and techniques such as HPLC-HRMS, preparative separation techniques, structure elucidation, imaging mass spectrometry, cultivation experiments with cyanobacteria as well as the development and use of a C. elegans assay. In doing so, he contributed to solving a decades-old mystery and to a better understanding of complex ecotoxicological problems.

Dr. Jennifer Susanne Strehse: "Awarded in recognition of the publication entitled “The explosive trinitrotoluene (TNT) induces gene expression of carbonyl reductase in the blue mussel (Mytilus spp.) – which she produced as part of her work at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel. “A new promising biomarker for sea-dumped World War relics?” ( Archives of Toxicology 2020, 94 , 4043-4054). The release of chemicals from old ammunition in the North and Baltic Seas is causing growing concern among experts. Trinitrotoluene, better known by its abbreviation TNT, is receiving particular attention. For risk management Compounds typical of explosives require suitable detection methods. In her excellent work, Dr. Strehse developed a specific molecular biomarker in mussels that can be used to detect exposure of filter feeders to TNT. This work is honored with the Paul-Crutzen Award because Dr . Strehse impressively linked interdisciplinary findings from the areas of environmental monitoring, ecotoxicology, analytics, genetics and bioinformatics and combined the results from intensive laboratory work and field experiments. The result is a relevant component for the observation and Management of ammunition in the sea, which contributes to to reduce the risk of damage to the environment or human health - a problem that will continue to concern us worldwide for a long time."

Paul-Crutzen Award 2021

The award was presented to DivisionsAlexander Maximilian Voigt in appreciation of his work in the working group of Dr. Harald Färber at the University Hospital Bonn on the subject: "Association between antibiotic residues, antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes in anthropogenic wastewater - An evaluation of clinical influences"
Chemosphere 2020, 241, 125032

In the work, Dr. Together with his co-authors, Voigt investigated the connection between the Literature of antibiotic residues and the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. For this purpose, antibiotic-resistant bacteria were cultivated in the laboratory, identified, characterized and analyzed for antibiotic-resistant genes. In municipal wastewater samples, he was able to demonstrate a connection between the concentration of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the proximity to clinical wastewater contaminated with antibiotics. In order to avoid a further expansion of the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the wastewater, he proposes a direct, decentralized wastewater treatment of clinical wastewater.

The publication is honored with the Paul-Crutzen Award because it combines chemical, biological and statistical analysis and presents a solution to minimize the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Paul-Crutzen Award 2019

The award was presented to Dr. Sigrid Richter-Brockmann for the publication " Analysis and toxicity of 59 PAH in petrogenic and pyrogenic environmental samples including dibenzopyrenes, 7Hbenzo [c] fluorene, 5-methylchrysene and 1-methylpyrene " ( Chemosphere 2018, 200, 495-503).

In her thesis, Sigrid Richter-Brockmann describes the results of the analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in various matrices. Not only the 16 EPA PAHs usually measured are considered, but also other toxicologically relevant substances of this substance class. The measurement data obtained with the help of this analytical approach contribute significantly to a better understanding of the variance in the composition of different PAHs in samples of different origins and thus the risk potential of the samples for human health and the environment. These estimates indicate that the routine analysis of the 16 EPA PAHs is not sufficient, but that further PAHs, despite the lower concentration, mostly contribute to the hazard potential.

The work was honored with the Paul-Crutzen Award because it uniquely combines the analysis of PAHs in various matrices with the hazard potential, makes an important contribution to the future approach to contamination by PAHs and contributes to the development of suitable risk management measures.

Paul-Crutzen Award 2018

The award was presented at the Conference environment in 2018 in Münster Dr. Anika Pohlabeln for the work ? Experimental Evidence for Abiotic Sulfurization of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter ? ( Front. Mar. Sci 2017, 4, 364).

In this work, Dr. Anika Pohlabeln, together with her co-authors, results from laboratory experiments on the mechanism, the products and the extent of the abiotic formation of sulfur-containing organic material under reducing conditions such as those found on the seabed. Through laboratory experiments, combined with the analysis of the products using ultra-high-resolution mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS), Ms. Pohlabeln succeeded in demonstrating the abiotic formation of a large number of organosulfur molecules in sediments under reducing conditions and the high similarity of the products to those found in natural surroundings occupy. Initial estimates suggest that the abiotic formation of organosulfur compounds could be a quantitatively relevant process for the sulfur cycle.

The work is honored with the Paul-Crutzen Award because it focuses on a process of the formation of organically bound sulfur in the sea that has so far been neglected and provides an incentive for further investigations of this possibly important source of such material in the global sulfur cycle.

Paul-Crutzen Award 2017

The award was given to Dr. Martin Brüggemann on the occasion of the Young Environmental Scientists Forum from 19.-21. Awarded June 2017 in Münster in recognition of his publication " Real-time detection of highly oxidized organosulfates and BSOA marker compounds during the F-BEACh 2014 field study " ( Atmos. Chem. Phys. 2017, 17, 1453?1469)

In this work, Dr. Martin Brüggemann developed a unique combination of complementary mass spectrometric methods, both online and offline, for the chemical characterization of organic aerosol components. Dr. Brüggemann significantly involved. The measurement data obtained with the help of these complementary analytical approaches contribute significantly to a better understanding of the chemical processes that lead to the formation of the so-called secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the atmosphere.

The work is honored with the Paul-Crutzen Award because it shows in an impressive way how complex environmental chemical processes with high temporal dynamics can be made transparent through a well-considered combination of different analysis methods.

Paul-Crutzen Award 2016

The price   was at the Conference "A lot of materials - How much risk are relevant (trace) substances for humans and the environment" (5.-9.8.2016 in Tübingen) Dr. Tushar Rastogi (Institute for sustainable chemistry and environmental chemistry> of the University of Lüneburg) for the publication " Re-Designing of Existing Pharmaceuticals for Environmental biodegradability: A tiered approach with ?-blocker propranolol as to ex-amp-le "... (Environ Sci Technol 2015 49, 11756?11763) awarded.

Paul-Crutzen Award 2015

Foto: Tilo Arnhold/TROPOS

During the Conference "International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE)" in Dresden was Dr. Sebastian Scheinhardt (Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research; TROPOS) for his publication on the effects of climate change on air quality, " Comprehensive chemical characterization of size-segregated PM 10 in Dresden and estimation of changes due to global warming " ( Atmos. Env. 2013, 75, 365?373) was awarded the 2015 Paul-Crutzen Award .

Paul-Crutzen Award 2014

At the 6th joint Conference of SETAC GLB and the GDCh Division of Environmental Chemistry & Ecotoxicology from 7.-10. September 2014 in Gießen and Homberg (Ohm) on the topic of "Researching the basics, applying knowledge, imparting knowledge", the chairman of the FG Prof. Andreas Schäffer presented the Division Award award to Thorsten Hüffer for his publication " How redox conditions and irradiation affect sorption of PAHs by dispersed fullerenes (nC60) "( Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 43, 6935-6942).

Paul-Crutzen Award 2013

At the SETAC-GLB / GDCh-FG Conference "City, Country, River: Ecotoxicology in Urban Areas" from 23.-26. September 2013 in Essen, the FG chairman Prof. Andreas Schäffer presented the Division Award award to Christoph Moschet for his publication " Multi-Level Approach for the Integrated Assessment of Polar Organic Micropollutants in an International Lake Catchment: The Example of Lake Constance " ( Environ. Sci Technol. 2013, 47, 7028-7036).

Moschet presented a new and comprehensive concept for the recording and assessment of water pollution with organic micropollutants using the example of Lake Constance. First he analyzed the water of Lake Constance for anthropogenic organic trace substances using LC-HRMS. In a second step, he determined the main pollution points in the tributaries of Lake Constance for the substances with the help of an extended GIS-based catchment area model. In particular, the model-based predictions on the future development of the concentrations in the lake and the calculation of the influence of reduction measures, such as upgrading sewage treatment plants through fourth purification stages, show the practical relevance of his work.

Paul-Crutzen Award 2012

At the joint annual meeting of SETAC-GLB and the GDCh Division of Environmental Chemistry & Ecotoxicology at the Environmental Research Center in Leipzig from 10.-13. September 2012, the chairman of the FG, Prof. Andreas Schäffer, presented the award to the Japanese scientist Manabu Shiraiwa for his publication " The role of long-lived reactive oxygen intermediates in the reaction of ozone with aerosol particles " ( Nature Chem. 2011, 3, 291?295)

In his work, Shiraiwa gained important knowledge about the interactions of ozone and other gases with aerosol particles in the atmosphere. The chemical mechanisms he elucidated are of great importance in understanding the properties of atmospheric aerosols and reactive species that affect global climate and health. The work includes complex laboratory experiments as well as quantum mechanical and reaction kinetic model calculations that help to make statements about the toxicity and allergenic potential of soot, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and nitrated protein macromolecules.

Paul-Crutzen Award 2011

At the EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry in the Environment (ICCE) 2011 in Zurich, which was organized by the GDCh Division of Environmental Chemistry & Ecotoxicology , the group chairman Prof. Dr. A. Schäffer the publication award of the Division, which was shared this time:

Dr. Karolina Nowak received the award for her work " Formation of bound residues from microbial biomass during 2,4-D degradation in soil " ( Environ. Sci. Technol. 2011, 45, 999-1006). In her study, Ms. Nowak combined laboratory experiments with labeled substrates and analysis with isotope mass spectrometry in a complex and intelligent way. This enabled her to follow the fate of an environmental chemical during and after microbial degradation, its incorporation into biomass and, after its death, its integration into the organic material of the soil, resolved over time. Ms. Nowak thus made a significant contribution to research in the field of the formation and dynamics of so-called bound residues.

Dr. Andreas Kretschmann was awarded the prize for his publication " Toxicokinetic Model Describing Bioconcentration and Biotransformation of Diazinon in Daphnia magna " ( Environ. Sci. Technol. 2011, 45, 4995-5002). In this study on the toxicokinetics of an insecticide in Daphnia magna, Mr Kretschmann combined the important topics of pollutant absorption, transformation and ecotoxicological effects in an exemplary manner. He presented the results of a methodologically demanding and convincing combination of experimental biological work, modern chemical analysis and the development of a toxicodynamic model. Mr. Kretschmann underlined the importance of quantitative results and kinetic aspects in environmental chemical and ecotoxicological research.

Division Award 2010

At the annual meeting of the GDCh Division of Environmental Chemistry & Ecotoxicology "Environment 2010" in Dessau the FG Chairman Prof. G. Lammel handed the publication price of the Division, which was divided and awarded to the following people:

Dr. Marianne Matzke for her publication " Ionic liquids in soils: Effects of different anion species of imidazolium based ionic liquids on wheat (Triticum aestivum) as affected by different clay minerals and clay concentrations " ( Ecotoxicology 2009, 18, 197-203). In her work, Marianne Matzke investigated how certain chemicals, so-called ionic liquids, affect the growth of wheat and at the same time varied the composition of the soil in which the plants grew.

Dr. Annekatrin Dreyer for her publication " Polyfluorinated compounds in the atmosphere of the atlantic and southern oceans: Evidence for a global distribution " ( Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43, 6507-6514). As part of her DBU doctoral scholarship, Annekatrin Dreyer investigated the global transport of certain pollutants, the so-called polyfluorinated organic compounds (PFCs), via the atmosphere into the environment.

Division Award 2009

For the first time, the Division Award award was advertised as a pure publication award in 2009. A 3-person jury consisting of Profs Eisträger, Matthies and Püttmann had the difficult task of choosing the best work.

In the end, the jury clearly voted on Michael C. Dodd and his publication " Oxidation of Antibacterial Compounds by Ozone and Hydroxyl Radical: Elimination of Biological Activity during Aqueous Ozonation Processes " ( Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43, 2498-504 ). As Prof. Eisträger emphasized in his laudation, this work on the oxidation of antibacterial components by ozone and hydroxyl radicals clearly stood out from a multitude of great works.

Paul-Crutzen Award (Division Award) 2000ff


Dr. Carolin Seller Brison

University of Zurich and Eawag

Dr. Florian monster

Goethe University Frankfurt

2022 Dr. Steffen Breinlinger

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

Dr. Jennifer Susanne Strehse

Christian Albrechts University in Kiel

2021 Dr. Alexander Maximilian Voigt

Bonn University Hospital

2019 Dr. Sigrid Richter-Brockmann

University of Münster

2018 Dr. Anika Pohlabeln

University of Oldenburg

2017 Dr. Martin Brueggemann

University of Lyon

2016 Dr. Tushar Rastogi

LEUPHANA University of Lüneburg

2015 Dr. Sebastian Scheinhardt

University of Leipzig

2014 Dr. Thorsten Hüffer

University of Vienna/Austria

2013 Christoph Moschet


2012 Dr. Manabu Shiraiwa
2011 Dr. Karolina Nowak
Dr. Andreas Kretschmann

UFZ Leipzig
EAWAG, Zurich

2010 Dr. Annekatrin Dreyer
Dr. Marianne Matzke
2009 Dr. Michael Dodd

New Haven, CT/USA

2007 Dr. rer. nat. Doris Völker UFZ Leipzig
2006 Dipl. geoecologist Sandra Russold

UFZ Leipzig

2003 Dr. Marco Eissen ETH Zurich/Switzerland
2001 Dr. Katja Riedel Hamburg
2000 Andreas Beyer


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