Microplastics can now be detected in all the world's oceans, rivers, lakes, soils and even in the air.

Microplastics can now be detected in all the world's oceans, rivers, lakes, soils and even in the air.

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Materials and products interact with the environment throughout their entire life cycle - from production to use to disposal.

During this process, they are exposed to environmental influences and in turn affect the environment, people and health through their emissions. In the area of environmental behaviour of materials and products, we develop measurement methods to determine such interactions qualitatively and quantitatively.

In addition, we characterise damage caused by environmental influences, clarify mechanisms of occurrence and identify approaches for improvements and protective measures. As a result, we make an important contribution to improving environmental behaviour and the environmental compatibility of sustainable materials and products.