About EDC

Professor Dr. Klaus Kümmerer founded EDC in the early 2000s. He is Professor for Sustainable Chemistry and Material Resources at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Prof. Kümmerer is a globally recognized and networked expert in environmental chemistry, green and sustainable chemistry and pharmacy. For almost 20 years, he has been using computer-based methods to predict the properties of chemical substances and pharmaceuticals. Since then, he has been working, among other things, on the improvement and implementation of the understanding of green and sustainable chemistry and, in particular, of the concept of Benign by Design in practice, which has also resulted in patents. The intensive, successful interaction of innovative academic research and practical application distinguishes EDC.


Our employees contribute further expertise (e.g. chemical informatics, law, pharmacy). In addition, we have a large network at our disposal, so that we can expand our expertise with further highly qualified partners as required in individual cases.

Prof. Kümmerer in committees and commissions

  • since 2021: Member of the High Level Roundtable on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability of the European Commission
  • since 2020: Member of the Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
  • 2017 - 2021: Member of the 8th Government Commission of the State of Lower Saxony, Chemistry Working Group
  • 2016 - present: chairman of the jury of the Elsevier Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge Award
  • 2016 - 2019: Member of the Managing Board of United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Global Chemical Outlook II
  • 2014 - 2017: National representative on the Management Board COST-Action Food waste valorisation for sustainable chemicals, materials & fuels
  • 2011 - 2021: Member of the Management Board of the EU Technology Platform Sustainable Chemistry ("SusChem")
  • 2011 - 2018: Member of the Board of the Division "Sustainable Chemistry" in the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • 2011 - 2017: Member of the DFG Senate Commission for Water Research, Head of the working group "Future Waters".
  • 2007 - 2011: Chairman of the working group "Sustainable Products" within the Division of Sustainable Chemistry of the GDCh
  • 2007 - 2010: Member of the Commission "Reine Ruhr" of the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Career Prof. Kümmerer

  • Since 2011: Director of the Institute for Sustainable Chemistry at the Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Since 2010: Professor for Material Resources at Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 2008-2010: Representative for Environment University Hospital Freiburg and Vice Chairman of the Commission for Environment and Sustainability
  • 2005: Professor for Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Hygiene at the University of Freiburg
  • 2003-2010: Head of the Section Applied Environmental Research at the Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Hygiene, University Hospital Freiburg
  • 2002: Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA, Chemical Informatics
  • 1999-2005: Lecturer at the University of Freiburg, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Hygiene
  • 1992-2002: Research associate at the Institute of Hospital Hygiene, establishment and management of the department of environmental research
  • 1990-1992: Coordinator (Head of Department) of the Chemistry Department at the ÖKO-Institute Freiburg
  • 1990: Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Tübingen, "Analysis of organic sulfur compounds dissolved in water".
  • 1986-1989: Distance learning course "Ecology and its biological basis" at the German Institute for Distance Learning
  • 1986: Diploma in Chemistry, University of Tübingen, Diploma thesis "Leaching behavior of sewage sludge consolidated with landfill binder".
  • 1980-1986: Chemistry studies in Würzburg and Tübingen
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