Dr. Manuela van Pinxteren

Leibniz Institute for

Tropospheric Research

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig  


Phone: +49 341 2717- 7102

Mail: manuela.vanpinxteren@tropos.de  

Room: 007 (Geb. 23.1)






Atmospheric Chemistry Deaprtment





Research areas & research interest:

  • Research theme: Interactions between ocean and atmosphere • Analytical method development for the trace analysis of natural organic compounds in marine samples (hyphenated MS-techniques: GC-MS, LC-MS)
  • Planning and performing of field campaigns for the sampling of marine aerosol particles and seawater (research cruises, atmospheric stations)


Current and recently completed projects

  • DFG project: BIOCAT-AEROSOL (2024-2027)
  • DFG research unit: BASS (2022-2025)
  • DFG project: OCEAN-GATE (2022-2025)
  • DFG project: ORIGAMY (2021-2025)
  • SAW project MarParCloud (2016-2019)
  • DFG project: ALAMARE phase I (2011-2015) and phase II (2016-2017)
  • Transregio project:

             Arctic Amplification (AC3) phase I (2016-2019)

             Arctic Amplification (AC3) phase II (2020-2023)

             Arctic Amplification (AC3) phase III (2024-2028)

  • MOSAiC project (2019-2020)
  • BMBF project: SOPRAN (2013-2016)


Large field campaign:

  • 2023: ORIGAMY campaign: Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVAO), chief scientist
  • 2021: Balloon campaign in Ny Alesund, project leader
  • 2019: PI-ICE, Antarctic Research Station Juan Carlo I., project leader
  • 2018: ProAerosol, (ship campaign), project leader
  • 2017: MarParCloud / MARSU, CVAO, chief scientist
  • 2017: PASCAL, (ship campaign), Arctic, project leader
  • 2015: Meteor M117, (ship campaign), Baltic Sea, project leader
  • 2013 ALAMARE II, CVAO, chief scientist
  • 2011 ALAMARE I, Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory (CVAO), chief scientist 



  • 2022 and 2023: Lecturer at the SOLAS summer school, online and at the Ocean Science Center Mindelo (Cape Verde)
  • 2019: Lecturer at the IV. Sino-European Summer School “SESAC” in Shanghai
  • since 2012: Lecturer in the postgraduate studies “Analytics and Spectroscopy” at the Leipzig university



  • since 2024: national SOLAS representative
  • 2019-2022: Guest editor at the Special Issue: Marine organic matter: from biological production in the ocean to organic aerosol particles and marine clouds (ACP/OS inter-journal SI)
  • 2015: participant at the "Future Leaders Programme of the Science and Technology in Society Forum" (STS-Forum), Kyoto, Japan
  • since 2012: participant in the internal scientific advisory board at TROPOS


Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Academic qualification 

1997-2002 Study of Chemistry with the focus of Environmental Chemistry Leipzig University
09/2002 Diploma in Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry) with the grade „very good“(1,3) Leipzig University
09-12/1999 DAAD practical training (Development and testing of catalysts) University of Campinas, Brasil
2003-2005 Teaching activities during GDCh courses in gas chromatography  
01/2003- 04/2006 Doctorate Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Department of Analytical Chemistry
05/2006-06/2011 Postdoc in the Department of Analytical Chemistry Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Since 07/2011 Scientist at the Atmospheric Chemistry Department Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig

Diploma thesis:  "Gas chromatographic investigations of the products of pre-treated wood samples"  (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Werner Engewald)

PhD thesis: "Development and Application of New Techniques for the Extraction of Organic Contaminants in Different Matrices" (supervisors: Dr. habil. Peter Popp, Prof. Dr. Bärbel Schulze), title and grade: Dr. rer. nat., "summa cum laude"


Publications, van Pinxteren / Schellin