Prof. Dr. Ralf Zimmermann

Fields of Research

  • Instrumental analytical chemistry (mass spectrometry/photoionisation)
  • Analysis of complex environmental, biological and industrial systems
  • Health effects of aerosols and biomedical analysis


  • 1991 Diploma (chemistry), TU Munich
  • 1995 Graduation (Dr. rer. nat.), TU Munich/Weihenstephan
  • 1999 Research sojourn University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2001 Professorship in analytical chemistry (C3), University of Augsburg; division manager at bifa-Umweltinstitut in Augsburg and team leader GSF (at the research centre)
  • 2001 state doctorate (environmental chemistry and analysis), TU Munich/Weihenstephan
  • since 2008 Chair in analytical chemistry (W3) and head of the Joint Mass Spectrometry Centre of the University of Rostock and the Helmholtz Zentrum München
  • since 2022 Head of Department Life, Light & Matter (LLM)


Welthagen W, Schnelle-Kreis J, Zimmermann R. Search criteria and rules for comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis of airborne particulate matterJournal of Chromatography A 2003;1019(1-2):233–49.

Bente M, Sklorz M, Streibel T, Zimmermann R. Online laser desorption-multiphoton postionization mass spectrometry of individual aerosol particles: Molecular source indicators for particles emitted from different traffic-related and wood combustion sourcesAnalytical Chemistry 2008;80(23):8991–9004.

Hanley L, Zimmermann R. Light and molecular ions: The emergence of vacuum UV single-photon ionization in MSAnalytical Chemistry 2009;81(11):4174–82.

Secretariat Christin Kühl


University of Rostock
Institute of Chemistry
Division of Analytical and Technical Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Ralf Zimmermann

Albert-Einstein-Straße 27

Room 106
18059 Rostock

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 - 6460
Fax: +49 (0) 381 498 - 118 6527