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Philipp Mayer is professor in applied environmental chemistry at DTU. He has previously been professor at the National Environmental Research Institute (Aarhus University, DK), member of the Danish Council for Independent Research in Technology and Production Sciences (FTP) and study director at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO, NL). He received his M.Sc. degree from the Technical University of Denmark (DK) and the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (US), and received his doctoral degree in 2000 at the Research Institute of Toxicology, Utrecht University (NL).

Prof. Mayer's research addresses the fate, exposure and effects of organic contaminants in the environment, with special focus on improving the alignment between experiments and novel analytical methods. He has introduced the first “equilibrium sampling methods” for measuring freely dissolved concentrations of hydrophobic organic chemicals in sediments, and developed “passive dosing” as a new experimental and analytical platform for environmental toxicity research and testing of hydrophobic organic chemicals. Some of his present research aims at determining biodegradation kinetics of a large number of chemicals by testing them in mixtures at low environmentally relevant concentrations. Philipp Mayer has supervised more than 40 environmental toxicity studies (GLP) and served as convenor for the ISO working group “toxicity to aquatic plants” (TC147/SC5/WG5). He has authored > 250 publications of which 175 are in international refereed scientific journals.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Member of Danish Research Council FTP

1 Jan 201231 Dec 2018


  • User defined:
  • Algal toxicity testing of chemicals
  • Passive dosing
  • Solid Phase Microextraction
  • Enhanced diffusive mass transfer of organic chemicals
  • Environmental Organic Chemistry
  • Mixture toxicity of organic chemicals
  • Partitioning based analytical technology
  • Hydrophobic organic chemicals
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Biodegradation
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Equilibrium sampling methods
  • Chemical activity of organic pollutants


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