Research of the Institute

The Institute consists of four scientific departments and additonal research groups. Current research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz aims at an integral understanding of chemical processes in the Earth system, particularly in the atmosphere and biosphere. Investigations address a wide range of interactions between air, water, soil, life and climate in the course of Earth history up to today´s human-driven epoch, the anthropocene.


Humans transport dangerous smoke residues indoors

March 04, 2020

A team of scientists discovered that people carry hazardous compounds from cigarette smoke into non-smoking environments

Air pollution is one of the world's leading health risks

March 03, 2020

Researchers calculate that the effects of air pollution shorten the lives of people around the world by an average of almost three years.

Reconstructing the diet of fossil vertebrates

17. February 2020
The ratio of special zinc isotopes in dental enamel provides information about the diet of mammals in prehistoric times

High gas concentrations over the Red Sea

January 28, 2020

During a ship expedition around the Arabian Peninsula, scientists discovered unexplainably high levels of ethane and propane in the air above the Northern Red Sea. The mysterious source of the emissions was hidden deep under the water surface.

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