Bio- and Environmental Analytics

We offer custom-tailored solutions for your analytical requirements

The field of bio- and environmental analytics addresses the quantification and also the identification of selected substances in different matrices (e.g. biological materials, air, dust etc.). In everyday life, both in the private and working environment, people are exposed to countless chemicals (e.g. pollutants, drugs etc.) – deliberately, but also unwantedly, for short periods of time and/or chronically.

In line with our vision "Fraunhofer ITEM – pioneers for sustainable health", we apply analytical chemistry in numerous areas, in particular in connection with consumer protection and occupational safety, assessment and authorization of biocides, cosmetics, and industrial chemicals, as well as in toxicological and pharmacokinetic studies.

For more than 20 years, Fraunhofer ITEM has assisted customers with their specific issues beyond  routine analytics. Our analytics team has comprehensive knowledge and the expertise to apply the available analytical techniques in a targeted and efficient manner to meet your requirements, under both non-GLP and GLP conditions.

Our expertise


Measurement of pollutants in indoor air


  • DIN ISO 16000-31: Determination of organophosphorus compounds
  • DIN ISO 16000-3: Determination of carbonyl compounds such as formaldehyde
  • DIN ISO 16000-6: Determination of VOCs

Registration of industrial chemicals under REACH

  • Hydrolysis as a function of pH according to OECD 111
  • Five-batch analysis according to U.S. EPA OPPTS 830.1700
  • Storage stability according to U.S. EPA OPPTS 830.6317
  • Development and validation of analytical methods based on relevant guidelines


Inorganic analytics

  • ICP-MS-based analyses for metals in different biological and environmentally relevant matrices
  • ICP-MS-based speciation analyses – distinction of toxicologically relevant oxidation states and organometallic compounds

Target and non-target analysis of small molecules

  • Metabolomics: Kit-based analysis (Biocrates MxP® Quant 500) of biological materials for more than 600 metabolites by LC-MS/MS
  • Screening – identification and quantification by NMR spectroscopy, GC-MS and LC-MS/MS
  • Analyses in different biological and environmentally relevant matrices 

Structure elucidation of contaminants and metabolites


Qualitative and quantitative determination of contaminants using state-of-the-art methods of analysis (1H/13C/15N NMR spectrometry (1D/2D); UV/VIS spectrometry; IR spectrometry; GC-MS; LC-MS; FIA-MSn) and interpretation of spectrometry data

Occupational exposure measurements

Exposure measurements (inhalation exposure) based on TRGS 402 – sampling and subsequent analysis of airborne substances (aerosol, gas)


  • Development and validation of methods of analysis based on relevant guidelines (e.g. EMA, FDA)
  • Analytics in the context of preclinical and clinical studies

Your contact for Bio- and Environmental Analytics

Sven Schuchardt

Contact Press / Media

Dr. Sven Schuchardt

Head of Department of Bio and Environmental Analytics

Phone +49 511 5350-218