Dr. Hermann Rügner

Universität Tübingen
Geo- und Umweltforschungszentrum (GUZ)
Schnarrenbergstraße 94-96, 72076 Tübingen, Room 6U18



Current Activities

Senior Research Scientist

Coordination: Collaborative Research Center 1253 CAMPOS: Catchments as Reactors (www.campos.uni-tuebingen.de)

Coordination of the Network "Platform Environmental Systems" (see: Environmental Systems)

Previous Professional Activities

2014-2018: Globaqua FP7 Project: Particle facilitated pollutant transport (see: GLOBAQUA), University of Tübingen, Germany.

2009-2013: WESS - Water Earth System Science Research Cluster, University of Tübingen, Germany.

2004-2009: Technology Transfer (TASK) & Contaminated Site Management (SAFIRA II), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany.

1998-2004: PostDoc: Natural Attenuation Working Group, Center for Applied Geosciences, University of Tübingen, Germany.

1995-1998: PhD Student: Center for Applied Geosciences, University of Tübingen, Germany.

1995-1995: Scientist: Stable isotope techniques, Geochemistry Group, University of Tübingen, Germany.

1990-1993: Freelancer at the Umwelttechnik GmbH, St. Georgen, Germany.


1995-1998: PhD Student: Sorption and sorption kinetics of hydrophobic compounds in aquifer materials" Geosciences, University of Tübingen.

1988-1994: Geology study, University of Tübingen.


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.

Finkel, M., Baur, A., Weber, T.K.D., Osenbrück, K., Rügner, H., Leven, C., Schwientek, M., Schlögl, J., Hahn, U., Streck, T., Cirpka, O.A., 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.

Ruegner, H., Schwientek, M., Milacic, R., Zuliani, T.,Vidmar, J., Paunovic, M., Laschou, S., Kalogianni, E., Skoulikidis, N.T., 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.

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.

Grathwohl, P. und Rügner, H. (2018): Das Schadstoff-Forschungsprojekt CAMPOS. TÜBINGER BLÄTTER 2018.

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

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

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.

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. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969714006354

Rügner H, Schwientek M, Beckingham B, Kuch B, Grathwohl P (2013): Turbidity as a proxy for total suspended solids (TSS) and particle facilitated transport in catchments. Environ. Earth Sci. 69(2), doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2307-1.

Maier U, Flegr M, Rügner H, Grathwohl P (2013): Long-term solute transport and geochemical equilibria in seepage water and groundwater in a catchment cross section. Environ. Earth Sci. 69(2), doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2393-0.

Grathwohl P, Rügner H, Wöhling Th, et. mult. (2013): Catchments as reactors - A comprehensive approach for water fluxes and solute turn-over. Environ. Earth Sci. 69(2), doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2281-7.

Kolditz O, Rügner H, Grathwohl P, Dietrich P, Streck T (2013): WESS: an interdisciplinary approach to catchment research. Environ. Earth Sci. 69(2), doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2466-0.

Liu Y, Beckingham B, Rügner H, Li Z, Ma L, Schwientek M, Xie H, Zhao J, Grathwohl P (2012): Comparison of Sedimentary PAHs in the Rivers of Ammer (Germany) and Liangtan (China): Differences between Early- and Newly-Industrialized Countries. Environ. Sci. Technol., dx.doi.org/10.1021/es3031566.

Schwientek M, Rügner H, Beckingham B, Kuch B, Grathwohl P (2012): Integrated monitoring of transport of persistent organic pollutants in contrasting catchments. Environmental Pollution, 172, 155-162.

Grathwohl P, Rügner H, Teutsch G (2009): Wasser: Eine global bedrohte Georessource? In: Emmermann, R. (ed.): "System Erde-Mensch - Handlungsoptionen und Managementstrategien". Hauptveranstaltung der Geokommission zum International Year of Planet Earth, 12.-13. 06. 2009, Berlin, TERRA NOSTRA, Vol. 2009/2, 76-78.

Beyer C, Konrad W, Rügner H, Bauer S, Liedl R, Grathwohl P (2009): Model based prediction of long-term leaching of contaminants from secondary materials in road constructions and noise protection dams. Waste Management 29, 839–850.

Morio M, Finkel M, Schädler S, Hartmuth G, Rügner H (2009): Improving mega-site revitalisation strategies by trading off benefits from future land use and clean-up costs. In: Trefry, M. G. (ed.): Groundwater Quality: securing groundwater quality in urban and industrial environments; Proceedings of GQ2007 (Perth, Australia), IAHS Publ. 324, pp. 555-562.

Maier U, Rügner H, Grathwohl P (2007): Gradients Controlling Natural Attenuation of Ammonium. Applied Geochemistry, 22 (12), 2606-2617.

Beyer C, Konrad W, Rügner H, Chan Hee P, Bauer S, Liedl R, Grathwohl P (2007): Modellbasierte Sickerwasserprognose für die Verwertung von Recyclingbauschutt. Grundwasser, 12 (2), 94-107.

Rügner H, Finkel M, Kaschl A, Bittens M (2006): Application of monitored natural attenuation in contaminated land management – A review and recommended approach for Europe. Environmental Science & Policy 9, 568-576.

Henzler R, Rügner H, Grathwohl, P (2006): zur Stellungnahme von Herrn Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. H.-P. Blume in Bodenschutz 10 (2) 54-55 zum Artikel "Bewertung der Filter- und Pufferfunktion von Unterböden für organische Schadstoffe" von R. Henzler, H. Rügner und P. Grathwohl in Bodenschutz 10 (1) 8-14 Bodenschutz 10 (2), 55.

Rügner H, Grathwohl P (2006): Nutzung von Natural Attenuation Prozessen bei der Altlastenbearbeitung (Kapitel 2.5). In: Förstner, U. & Grathwohl, P. (Eds.), Ingenieurgeochemie - Technische Geochemie im Boden- und Gewässerschutz, 2. Auflage. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 23 S.

Henzler R, Rügner H, Grathwohl, P (2006): Filter- und Pufferfunktion von Unterböden für organische Schadstoffe, Bodenschutz 10 (1), 8-14.

Maier U, Rügner H, Grathwohl P (2005): Steady state plumes: Transverse mixing in aquifers, numerical experiments and field scale predictions for natural attenuation. In: Thomson, N.R. (ed.): Bringing Groundwater Quality Research to the Watershed Scale; Proceedings of GQ2004 (Waterloo, Canada), IAHS Publ. 297, pp. 317-325.

Kleineidam S, Rügner H, Grathwohl P (2004): Desorption Kinetics of Phenanthrene in Aquifer Material Lacks Hysteresis. Environmental Science & Technology, 38, 4169-4175.

Rügner H, Holder T, Maier U, Bayer-Raich M, Grathwohl P, Teutsch G (2004): Quantifizierung des mikrobiologischen Abbaues von Ammonium am Natural Attenuation Referenzstandort „ehemalige Abfalldeponie Osterhofen“. Grundwasser, 9 (2), 98-108.

Rügner H, Holder T, Ronecker U, Schiffler G, Grathwohl P, Teutsch G (2004): Natural Attenuation Untersuchungen "Teerölproduktefabrik/ehemaliges Gaswerk Kehl". Grundwasser, 9(1), 43-53.

Teutsch G, Rügner H, Zamfirescu D, Finkel M, Bittens M (2001): Source Remediation vs. Plume Management: Critical Factors Affecting the Cost-Efficiency. CLARINET and NICOLE Special Edition of Land Contamination & Reclamation: The Sustainable Management and Remediation of Contaminated Land, 128-140.

Rügner H, Teutsch G, Grathwohl P, Kohler W (2001): Natural Attenuation organischer Schadstoffe im Grundwasser: Stand der Technik, Methoden zur Implementierung. Schriftenreihe des Altlastenforums Baden-Württemberg e.V., Stuttgart, Heft 5 (ISBN 3-510-39005-9), 35 S.

Grathwohl P, Eberhardt C, Klenk I, Rügner H, Maier U (2000): Transverse Vertical Dispersivity in Aquifer Materials: Implications on Mass Transfer Across the Capillary Fringe and the Length of Steady State Plumes. In Bjerg PL; Engesgaard P; Krom TD (eds.): Groundwater 2000, 19-20 (Proc. of the International Conference on Groundwater Research, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 06-08, 2000 Rotterdam, 2000.

Kleineidam S, Rügner H, Grathwohl P (1999): Influence of petrographic composition/ organic matter distribution of fluvial aquifer sediments on the sorption of hydrophobic contaminants. Sedimentary Geology, 129, 311-325.

Rügner H, Kleineidam S, Grathwohl P (1999): Long term sorption kinetics of phenanthrene in aquifer materials. Environmental Science & Technology, 33, 1645-1651.

Kleineidam S, Rügner H, Ligouis B, Grathwohl P (1999): Organic matter facies and equilibrium sorption of phenanthrene. Environmental Science & Technology, 33, 1637-1644.

Kleineidam S, Rügner H, Grathwohl P (1999): Slow Sorption in heterogeneous aquifer material. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, Vol. 18, No. 8, pp. 1673-1678.

Rügner H (1998): Einfluss der Aquiferlithologie des Neckartals auf die Sorption und Sorptionskinetik organischer Schadstoffe- Dissertation; Tübinger Geowissenschaftliche Arbeiten, Reihe C, Nr. 39, 78 S.

Grathwohl P, Kleineidam S, Rügner H (1997): Slow sorption/desorption of organic contaminants in aquifer materials due to intraparticle diffusion. Proceedings 214th ACS Natl. Meeting, Las Vegas, September 1997, Invited Paper, pp. 228-231.

Kleineidam S, Rügner H, Grathwohl P (1997): Sorption kinetics of phenanthrene in heterogeneous aquifer materials.- Proceedings 214th ACS Natl. Meeting, Las Vegas, September 1997, pp. 150-152.

Rügner H, Kleineidam S, Grathwohl P (1997): Sorptionsverhalten organischer Schadstoffe in heterogenem Aquifermaterial am Beispiel des Phenanthrens.- Grundwasser, 2 (3), 133-138.