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Prof. Dr.
Volker Mersch-Sundermann

Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
and Hospital Infection Control
Phone: 0049-761-270-82050


  • 1990-1991 Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 1994-2000 Assistant Professor of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, UMM Mannheim, Faculty of Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2000-2001 Full Professor of Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology (C4), Faculty of Geosciences, University of Trier, Germany
  • 2001-2007 Full Professor of Indoor and Environmental Toxicology (C4), Faculty of Medicine, University of Giessen, Germany
  • 2007-2017 Full Professor of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Hygiene (W3), Medical Center -  University of Freiburg

Focus of research

  • Toxicology of nanoscale particles
  • Health effects of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from wood and wood-based materials

Selected publications

  • Bergheim M,Gminski R,Spangenberg B, Debaik M, Bürkle A, Kümmerer K, Gieré R, Mersch-Sundermann V. Recalcitrant pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment: a comparative screening study of their occurrence, formation of photo-transformation products and their in vitro toxicity. Environ Chem. 2014; 11:431-444.
  • Könczöl M, Weiß A, Gminski R, Merfort I, Mersch-Sundermann V. Oxidative stress and infl ammatory response to printer toner particles in human epithelial A549 lung cells. Toxicol Lett, 2013; 216(2-3):171-180.
  • Könczöl M, Goldenberg E, Ebeling S, Schäfer B, Garcia-Käufer M, Gminski R, Grobéty B, Rothen-Rutishauser B, Merfort I, Gieré R, Mersch-Sundermann V. Cellular uptake and toxic effects of fi ne and ultrafi ne metal-sulfate particles in human A549 lung epithelial cells. Chem Res Toxicol, 2012; 25(12): 2687-2703.
  • Gminski R, Marutzky R, Kevekordes S, Fuhrmann F, Bürger W, Hauschke D, Ebner W, Mersch-Sundermann V. Chemosensory irritations and pulmonary effects of acute exposure to emissions from oriented strand board. Hum Exp Toxicol. 2011;30(9):1204-21.

Research methods

  • Exposure chamber system for investigation of the biological effects of environmental emissions
  • Vitrocell® exposure system for human cells and tissues