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Nasrabadi T, Rügner H, Schwientek M, Ghadiri A, Hossein Hashemi S, Grathwohl P (2022): Dilution of PAHs loadings of particulate matter in air, dust and rivers in urban areas: A comparative study (Tehran megacity, Iran and city of Tübingen, SW-Germany). STOTEN https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151268

Osenbrück K, Blendinger E, Leven C, Rügner H, Finkel M, Schulz H, Grathwohl P (2022): Nitrate reduction potential of a fractured Middle Triassic carbonate aquifer, Southwest Germany. Hydrogeol. J. 30/1, 163-180; DOI10.1007/s10040-021-02418-9.


Jakus N, Mellage A, Höschen C, Maisch, M, Byrne JM, Mueller CW, Grathwohl P, Kappler A (2021): Anaerobic Neutrophilic Pyrite Oxidation by a Chemolithoautotrophic Nitrate-Reducing Iron(II)-Oxidizing Culture Enriched from a Fractured Aquifer, Environmental Science and Technology, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c02049.

Jakus N, Blackwell N, Osenbrueck K, Straub D, Byrne JM, Wang Z, Gloeckler D, Elsner M, Lueders T, Grathwohl P, Kleindienst S, Kappler A (2021): Nitrate removal by a novel autotrophic nitrate-reducing iron(II)-oxidizing culture enriched from a pyrite-rich limestone aquifer. Appl Environ Microbiol 2021, 27;87(16):e0046021. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00460-21. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

Klingler S, Martin S, Cirpka OA, Dietrich P, Leven C (2021): Kombination geophysikalischer und hydrogeologischer Methoden zur gezielten Erkundung feinkörniger Talfüllungen. Grundwasser (in press).

Muller ME, Zwiener C, Escher BI (2021): Storm Event-Driven Occurrence and Transport of Dissolved and Sorbed Organic Micropollutants and associated effects in the Ammer River, Southwestern Germany. Environ Toxicol Chem 40:88-99. DOI: 10.1002/etc.4910.

Spohn M, Aburto F, Ehlers TA, Farwig N, Frings PJ, Hartmann H, Hoffmann T, Larsen A, Oelmann Y (2021): Terrestrial ecosystems buffer inputs through storage and recycling of elements. Biogeochemistry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10533-021-00848-x

Visser A-N, Lehmann MF, Rügner H, D'Affonseca FM, Grathwohl P, Blackwell N, Kappler A, Osenbrück, K (2021): Fate of nitrate during groundwater recharge in a fractured karst aquifer. Hydrogeology Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-021-02314-2.


Glaser C, Zarfl C, Rügner H, Lewis A, Schwientek M. (2020): Analysing particle-associated pollutant transport to identify in-stream sediment processes during a high flow event. Water 12(1794): 1-16.

Müller ME, Werneburg M, Glaser C, Schwientek M, Zarfl C, Escher BI, Zwiener C (2020): Influence of emission sources and tributaries on the spatial and temporal patterns of micropollutant mixtures and associated effects in a small river. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 39(7), 1382-1391, doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/etc.4726.

Finkel M, Baur A, Weber TKD, Osenbrück K, Rügner H, Leven C, Schwientek M, Schlögl J, Hahn U, Streck T, Cirpka OA, Walter T, Grathwohl P (2020): Managing collaborative research data for integrated, interdisciplinary environmental research. Earth Science Informatics, 1-14. Doi: 10.1007/s12145-020-00441-0.

Li S, Kappler A, Zhu Y, Haderlein SB (2020): Mediated electrochemical analysis as emerging tool to unravel links between microbial redox cycling of natural organic matter and anoxic nitrogen cycling. Earth Sc. Rev. 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103281.

Wimmer B, Pattky M, Zada LG, Meixner M, Haderlein SB, Zimmermann H-P, Huhn C (2020): Capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry for the direct analysis of glyphosate: method development and application to beer beverages and environmental studies. Anal. Bioanal. Chem.; 1-17, doi: g/10.1007/s00216-020-02751-0.


Ruegner H, Schwientek M, Milacic R, Zuliani T, Vidmar J, Paunovic M, Laschou S, Kalogianni E, Skoulikidis NT, Diamantini E, Majone B, Bellin A, Chiogna G, Martinez E, López de Alda M, Díaz-Cruz S, Grathwohl P (2019): Particle Bound Pollutants in Rivers: Results from Suspended Sediment Sampling in Globaqua River Basins. STOTEN, doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.027.

Guillet G, Knapp JLA, Merel S, Cirpka OA, Grathwohl P, Zwiener C, Schwientek M (2019): Fate of wastewater contaminants in rivers: Using conservative-tracer based transfer functions to assess reactive transport. Science of the Total Environment 656: 1250-1260, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.379.


Bernhard N, Moskwa LM, Schmidt K, Oeser RA, Aburto F, Bader MY, Baumann K, Blanckenburg F von, Boy J, van den Brink L, Brucker E, Büdel B, Canessa R, Dippold MA, Ehlers TA, Fuentes JP, Godoy R, Jung P, Karsten U, Köster M, Kuzyakov Y, Leinweber P, Neidhardt H, Matus F, Mueller CW, Oelmann Y, Oses R, Osses P, Paulino L, Samolov E, Schaller M, Schmid M, Spielvogel S, Spohn M, Stock S, Stroncik N, Tielbörger K, Übernickel K, Scholten T, Seguel O, Wagner D, Kühn P (2018). Pedogenic and microbial interrelations to regional climate and local topography: new insights from a climate gradient (arid to humid) along the Coastal Cordillera of Chile. Catena, 170, 335-355, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2018.06.018

de Souza Machado AA, Kloas W, Zarfl C, Hempel S, Rillig MC (2018): Microplastics as an emerging threat to terrestrial biodiversity. Global Change Biology. 24,1405–1416.

de Souza Machado AA, Spencer K, Zarfl C, O'Shea FT (2018): Unravelling metal mobility under complex contaminant signatures. Sci. Total Environ. 622-623, 373-384.

Gauglitz G, Wimmer B, Melzer T, Huhn C (2018): Glyphosate analysis using sensors and electromigration separation techniques as alternatives to gas or liquid chromatography. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2018, 410, 725-746

Huhn C (2018): More and enhanced glyphosate analysis is needed. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2018, 410, 3041-3045.

Kleinteich J, Seidensticker S, Marggrander N, Zarfl C (2018) Microplastics reduce short-term effects of environmental contaminants. Part II: Polyethylene particles decrease the effect of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on microorganisms. Int. J. Env. Res. Pub. He..

Kshirsagar P, Martina M, Jones P, Buckenmaier S, Kraushaar U, Chassé T, Fleischer M, Burkhardt CJ (2018): Semitransparent carbon microelectrodes for opto- and electrophysiology, accepted by the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (2018).

Nasrabadi T, Ruegner H, Schwientek M, Bennett J, Valipour SF, Grathwohl P. (2018): Bulk metal concentrations versus total suspended solids in rivers: Time-invariant & catchment-specific relationships. PLoS ONE 2018; 13(1): e0191314.

Oeser RA, Stroncik N, Moskwa LM, Bernhard N, Schaller M, Canessa R, van den Brink L, Köster M, Brucker E, Stock S, Fuentes JP, Godoy R, Matus FJ, Oses Pedraza R, Osses McIntyre P, Paulino L,  Seguel O, Bader MY, Boy J, Dippold MA, Ehlers TA, Kühn P, Kuzyakov Y, Leinweber P, Scholten T, Spielvogel S, Spohn M, Übernickel K, Tielbörger K, Wagner D, von Blanckenburg F (2018): Chemistry and microbiology of the Critical Zone along a steep climate and vegetation gradient in the Chilean Coastal Cordillera. Catena, 170, 183–203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2018.06.002

Rehse S, Kloas W, Zarfl C (2018): Microplastics reduce short-term effects of environmental contaminants. Part I: Effects of bisphenol A on freshwater zooplankton are lower in presence of polyamide particles. Int. J. Env. Res. Pub. He.


Carrizo SF, Jähnig S, Bremerich V, Freyhof J, Harrison I, He F, Langhans S, Tockner K, Zarfl C, Darwall W (2017): Freshwater megafauna: Flagships for freshwater biodiversity under threat. BioScience 67(10), 919-927.

de Souza Machado AA, Zarfl C, Rehse S, Kloas W (2017): Low-dose effects: Nonmonotonic responses for the toxicity of a Bacillus thuringiensis biocide to Daphnia magna. Environ. Sci. Technol. 51(3), 1679–1686.

Grill G, Lehner B, Lumsdon A E, MacDonald G K, Zarfl C, Liermann CR (2017): Reply to Comment on: An index-based framework for assessing patterns and trends in river fragmentation and flow regulation by global dams at multiple scales. Environ. Res. Lett. 12, 038002.

He F, Zarfl C, Bremerich V, Henshaw A, Darwall W, Tockner K, Jähnig S (2017): Disappearing giants: a review of threats to freshwater megafauna. WIREs WATER e1208. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1208.

Horrer A, Haas J, Freudenberger K, Gauglitz G, Kern DP, Fleischer M (2017): Compact plasmonic optical biosensors based on nanostructured gradient index lenses integrated in microfluidic cells, Nanoscale 9, 17378-17386 (2017).

Kleinteich J, Hildebrand F, Bahram M, Voigt AY, Wood SA, Jungblut AD, Küpper FC, Quesada A, Camacho A, Pearce DA, Convey P, Vincent WF, Zarfl C, Bork P, Dietrich DR (2017): Pole-to-pole connections: Similarities between Arctic and Antarctic microbiomes and their vulnerability to environmental change. Front. Ecol. Evol. 5:137. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2017.00137.

Lorenz CS, Wicht AJ, Guluzada L, Crone B, Karst U, Lee HJ, Triebskorn R, Haderlein SB, Huhn C, Köhler HR (2017): Nano-sized zeolites as modulators of thiacloprid toxicity on Chironomus riparius. Peer J. 2017, 18, 5:e352.

Lorenz CS, Wicht AJ, Guluzada L, Luo L, Jäger L, Crone B, Karst U, Triebskorn R, Liang Y, Anwander R, Haderlein SB, Huhn C, Köhler HR (2017): Nano-sized Al2O3 reduces acute toxic effects of thiacloprid on the non-biting midge Chironomus riparius. PLoS ONE 2017, 12, e0176356.

Lumsdon AE, Artamonov I, Bruno M, Righetti M, Tockner K, Tonolla D, Zarfl C (2017): Soundpeaking: hydropeaking-induced changes in river soundscapes. River. Res. Appl. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3229.

Müller, M, Oelmann Y, Schickhoff U, Böhner J, Scholten T. (2017): Himalayan treeline soil and foliar C:N:P stoichiometry. Geoderma 291: 21-32.

Schwientek, M., Ruegner, H., Scherer, U., Rode, M., Grathwohl, P. (2017): A parsimonious approach to estimate PAH concentrations in river sediments of anthropogenically impacted watersheds. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.208.

Seidensticker S, Zarfl C, Cirpka OA, Fellenberg G, Grathwohl P (2017): Shift in mass transfer of wastewater contaminants from microplastics in presence of dissolved substances. Environ. Sci. Technol. 51(21), 12254–12263.

Sydes D, Kler PA, Zipfl P, Lutz D, Bouwes H, Huhn C (2017): On-chip intermediate potential measurements for the control of electromigration in multi-channel networks in case of time-dependent potential changes. Sens. Actuat. B: Chem. 2017, 240, 330-337.

Thellmann P, Kuch B, Wurm K, Köhler H-R, Triebskorn R (2017): Water quality assessment in the "German River of the Years 2014/2015": How a case study on the impact of a storm water sedimentation basin displayed impairment of fish health in the Argen River (Southern Germany). Environ Sci Eur 29(10): 1-22.

Wang J, Gürdal E, Horneber A, Dickreuter S, Kostcheev S, Meixner AJ, Fleischer M, Adam PM, Zhang D (2017): Carrier recombination and plasmonic emission channels in two-photon photoluminescence, accepted by Nanoscale (2017).


Nasrabadi T., Rügner H., Sirdari Z.Z., Schwientek M., Grathwohl P. (2016): Using total suspended solids (TSS) and turbidity as proxies for evaluation of metal transport in river water. Applied Geochemistry 68 (2016) 1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.03.003.

Peschke K, Burmester J, Hermann M, Köhler HR, Reitter K, Scheurer M, Wurm K, Triebskorn R (2016): Reaktionen von Flohkrebsen und Makrozoobenthos auf die Nachrüstung einer Kläranlage mit einer Pulveraktivkohlestufe. gwf - Wasser/Abwasser 157(4): 370-379.

Schwientek M. Guillet G., Rügner H., Kuch B., Grathwohl P. (2016): A high-precision sampling scheme to assess persistence and transport characteristics of micropollutants in rivers. Science of The Total Environment. 08/2015; 540. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.07.135.


Grill G, Lehner B, Lumsdon AE, MacDonald GK, Zarfl C, Liermann CR (2015): An index-based framework for assessing patterns and trends in river fragmentation and flow regulation by global dams at multiple scales. Environ. Res. Lett. 10, 015001.

Triebskorn R (2015): Viele Stoffe - großes Risiko? Warum Wirktests helfen zu entscheiden. Sonderpublikation zum 11. Langenauer Wasserforum: 38-39.

Vincze K, Scheil V, Kuch B, Köhler HR, Triebskorn R (2015): Impact of wastewater on fish health: A case study at the Neckar River (Southern Germany) using biomarkers in caged brown trout as assessment tools. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22(15): 11822-11839.

Zarfl C, Lumsdon AE, Berlekamp J, Tydecks L, Tockner K (2015): A global boom in hyd-ropower dam construction. Aquatic Sciences 77, 161-170.


Harter J, Krause HM, Schuettler S, Ruser R, Fromme M, Scholten T, Kappler A, Behrens S (2014): Linking N2O emissions from biochar-amended soil to the structure and function of the N-cycling microbial community. ISME J. 8, 660-674.

Kler PA, Huhn C (2014): Non-aqueous electrolytes for isotachophoresis of weak bases and its application to the comprehensive preconcentration of the 20 proteinogenic amino acids in column-coupling ITP/CE-MS. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 28, 7163-7174.

Rügner H, Schwientek M, Egner M, Grathwohl P (2014): Monitoring of event-based mobilization of hydrophobic pollutants in rivers: Calibration of turbidity as a proxy for particle facilitated transport in field and laboratory. Sci. Tot. Environ. 490, 191–198.

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