Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reinhard Zellner

University of Duisburg-Essen
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Universitätsstraße 5
45141 Essen

Phone: +49 201 183 3073
Fax: +49 201 183 4307

Scientific Vita

1968                           Diplom (Physics, Chemistry), University of Göttingen
1971                           PhD (Physical Chemistry), University of Göttingen
1972 - 1973                Postdoc, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
1973 - 1979                Senior Research Assistent, University of Göttingen
1979 - 1980                Visiting Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin, USA
1980                           Habilitation (Physical Chemistry), University of Göttingen
1983 - 1988                Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen
1988 - 1991                Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Hannover
1991 - 2010                Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director at the University of Duisburg-Essen
1994 - 1998                Chair of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Essen
2004 – present           Member of the Senate of the University of Duisburg-Essen
2006                           Dr. honoris causa of the University of Athens / GR
2010 – 2013               Senior Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Duisburg - Essen


1981 - 1987                Heisenberg scholarship awarded by the DFG

Professional Activities

  • Expert Member of the Enquete-Commission „Vorsorge zum Schutz der Erdatmosphäre“ (Protection of the Earth Atmosphere) of the German Parliament (1987 – 1990)
  • Coordinator of the Research Programme on Stratospheric Ozone of the German Ministry of Science and Technology (BMBF) (1988 - 1999)
  • Member of the EU Stratospheric Science Panel (1989 - 2002)
  • Expert Member of the Enquete-Commission „Schutz des Menschen und der Umwelt“ (Protection of men and environment) of the German Parliament (1992 - 1994)
  • Member of the Expert Panel of the German Bunsen-Society (1992 - 1996)
  • Chairman of the DECHEMA and GDCh working party „Fluxes of chemical substances from production into consumer goods“ (1992 - 2004)
  • Member of the Senate Commission on atmospheric science of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Society) (1994 - 1996)
  • Member of the DECHEMA Council (since 1994)
  • Chairman of the DECHEMA, GDCh and DBG working party „Chemisty of the atmosphere“ (since 1996)
  • Member of the Jury of the German Environmental Prize (1998 – 2001)
  • Chairman of the Expert Committee „Globale Umweltaspekte“ (Global environmental issues) of the German Ministry of Science (2000 – 2003)
  • Member and Vice Chairman of the „Beratergremium für Umweltrelevante Altstoffe“ (BUA)  of the GDCh (German Chemical Society) (2001-2007)
  • Member of the Expert Assessment Group on Atmospheric and Oceanografic Sciences of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (since 2005)
  • Coordinator, DFG Priority Programme SPP1313: “Biological Responses to Nanoscale Particles”

Fields of Interests

Atmospheric chemistry, photochemistry and dynamics of atmospheric constituents, heterogeneous chemistry and microphysics of atmospheric aerosols, chemistry and climatic change, interactions of nanoparticles with phase boundaries and biomolecules.

Selected publications

  • Seisel , S., A. Pashkova, Y. Lian and R. Zellner  ”Water Uptake on Mineral Dust and Soot: A Fundamental View on the Hydrophilicity of Atmospheric Particles?”, RSC Faraday Discuss., 130, 437-451 (2005)


  • Seisel, S., CH. Börensen, R. Vogt and R. Zellner,  ”Kinetics and Mechanism of the Uptake of N2O5  on Mineral Dust at 298 K”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 5, 3423-3432 (2005)


  • Somnitz, H., M. Fida, T. Ufer, R. Zellner ”Pressure dependence for the CO quantum yield in the photolysis of acetone at 248 nm: A combined experimental and theoretical study”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 3342-3352 (2005)


  • Somnitz, H., R. Zellner “Kinetics and dynamics of multi-channel  unimolecular reactions of alkoxy radicals over an extended range of temperature and pressure. A combines quantum chemical/RRKM dynamic study”, Z.Phys.Chem 220, 1029-1048 (2006)


  • Behr, P., A. Terziyski, R. Zellner “Acetone adsorption on ice surfaces in the temperature range T= 190 –220 K. Evidence for ageing effects due to crystallographic changes of the adsorption site”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 110,  8098-8106 (2006)


  • Treuel, L., S. Schulze, Th. Leisner and R. Zellner ”Deliquescence behaviour of single levitated ternary salt / carboxylic acid / water micro­drop­lets”, Faraday Discuss. 137, 265-278 (2007)


  • Behr P., U. Scharfenort, R. Zellner ”Collisions of noble gases with supercooled sulfuric acid/water solution”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11, 7292-7302  (2009)


  • Zellner, R., P. Behr, S. Seisel, H. Somnitz, L. Treuel “Chemistry and Microphysics of Atmospheric Aerosol Surfaces: Laboratory Techniques and Applications”, Z.Phys.Chem. 223, 359-385 (DOI 10.1524/zpch.2009.6051(2009)


  • Behr, P., U. Scharfenort, K. Ataya, R. Zellner „Dynamics and mass accommodation of HCl on sulfuric acid/water surfaces“,Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 11, 8048-8055, DOI: 10.1039/B904629A (2009)


  • Treuel, L., S. Pederzani, R. Zellner “Deliquescence behaviour and crystallisation of ternary ammonium sulphate/dicarboxyl acid/water aerosols”,  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11, 7976-7984, DOI: 10.1039/B905007H (2009)


  • Somnitz, H., T. Ufer, R. Zellner ”Acetone photolysis at 248 nm revisited: Pressure dependence of the CO and CO2 quantum yields” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., DOI: 10.1039/B906751E (2009)


  • Kittler, S., C. Greulich, J.S. Gebauer, J. Diendorf, L. Treuel, L. Ruiz, J.M. Gonzalez-Calbet, M. Vallet-Regi, R. Zellner, M. Köller, M. Epple    ”The Influence of proteins on the dispersability and cell-biological activity of silver nanoparticles”, J. Mater. Chem. 20, 512-518, RSC (2010)