Major research interests concern special aspects of Chemical Ecology:
Which chemical compounds are used by living beings to exchange and specify information?
Do components of chemical signals show structural relationships or congruency on an evolutionary background, i.e. is there a certain “etymology in chemical communication”, if so, what about “grammar and syntax”?
- Organic Chemistry
- Natural Products Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Chemical Ecology
- Marine Organic Chemistry
- Environmental Chemistry
Research activities cover:
- Isolation, structure elucidation, and synthesis of semiochemicals from insects and plants
- Identification and synthesis of marine natural products
- Non-target screening in environmental analysis
- Biodegradation of xenobiotics
Specification of research on small organic molecules
- Studies in mass spectrometry
- Methodological developments of analytical techniques
- Identification of semiochemicals of Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenopotera, Diptera
- Identification of chemical signals in social insects
- Chemical background of insect plant-relationships (pollination syndrome)
- Chemical background of predator prey-interactions
- Identification of chemical signals in mammals
- Synthesis of behaviour mediating natural products including pure enantiomers
- Chemistry of sponges and corals
- Identification of hitherto unknown pollutants in water, sediments, and soil
- Synthesis of correspondingly relevant compounds for toxicological investigations
- Metabolism of phenyl ether structures (dibenzodioxins, dibenzofurans) and other aromatics
Investigations are carried out in international interdisciplinary co-operation.
Results are published jointly; more than 400 refereed research papers.