Prof. Dr. Christine Achten

Prof. Dr. Christine Achten

Institute of Geology and Palaeontology – Applied Geology
University of Münster
Corrensstr. 24
D-48149 Münster
phone: +49 251 83-36170
fax: +49 251 83-33933

born 1969


  • Brief Biography

    2019 Lehrpreis des Fachbereichs Geowissenschaften WWU
    Since 2009 Professor of Applied Geology at the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, University of Münster, Germany
    2005 – 2009 University Assistant and head of the organic environmental laboratory at the Department of Environmental Geosciences (Prof. Dr. T. Hofmann), University of Vienna, Austria
    2002 – 2004 Project leader at engineering consultants Altenbockum & Partner, Aachen, Germany
    2002 Ph.D. Thesis: Methyl-tert-butyl ether in the aquatic environment (analytical method development, monitoring and modelling)
    1997 – 2002 Research Assistant and head of the organic geochemical laboratory at the Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (Prof. Dr. W. Püttmann), University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    1999 – 2000 Freelancer at the engineering consultants ARCADIS Consult GmbH, Darmstadt, Germany
    1996 – 1997 Assistant at the engineering consultants GEOBIT Ingenieur-Gesellschaft mbH, Aachen, Germany
    1995 – 1996 Assistant at the engineering consultants Olzem, Aachen, Germany
    1990 – 1997 Study of Geology (Diploma) at the University of Bonn and RWTH Aachen University, Germany
    1989 – 1990 One year stay abroad: Language courses at Cambridge University, Great Britain

  • Research Interests

    Research focuses on the analysis, occurrence, behaviour, fate and effects of known and unknown organic environmental pollutants in water and soil or sediment. Working fields are trace analysis of unpolar and polar chemical substances, bioavailability and environmental forensics of polycyclic aromatic compounds, degradation processes with regard to natural attenuation at field scale and non-target-analysis as a tool for the identification of unknown pollutants.

  • Reviewer Activity

    Environmental Science & Technology, Chemosphere, Environmental Geology, Journal of Coal Geology, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Fuel Processing Technology, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, Water Research, Analytical Methods

  • Memberships

    Waterchemical Society of Germany, German Chemical Society (GDCH), German Society of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, International Society of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (ISPAC), Ingenieurtechnischer Verband Altlasten (ITVA)

  • Teaching

    • Organic pollutants in the environment
    • Behaviour and remediation of environmental pollutants
    • Organic environmental laboratory course
    • Hydrochemistry
    • Hydrochemical laboratory course
    • Environmental chemical analysis
    • Project management
    • Investigative methods of geological engineering

    Supervision of Ph.D., Master and Bachelor students