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.


Human skin is an important source of ammonia emissions

May 27, 2020

Human skin emits much more ammonia than the breath. The sticky molecule can spread on all surfaces and change the chemistry of our house.

BLUESKY examines the atmosphere during the Coronavirus lockdown

May 22, 2020

Two research aircraft investigate reduced concentrations of pollutants in the air

Corona Lockdowns: Cleaner air saves lives

April 28, 2020

Reduced air pollution by the coronavirus lockdowns leads to less premature deaths and asthma cases amongst children

Humans can smell short-lived odorous molecules better

April 20, 2020

Fast reacting volatile chemicals with short atmospheric lifetimes can be smelled more sensitively than persistent ones

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