Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Prof. Dr. Dirk Bunke

Senior Researcher

Special Expertise

Main areas of research:

  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Implementation and further development of REACH
  • Product and technology assessment


  • Hazards of chemicals for humans and the environment
  • Business support in chemicals management
  • Substitution of problematic chemicals
  • Education for sustainable development


  • Human and ecotoxicological substance evaluation, risk assessment, substance evaluation
  • Scientific foresight
  • Technology assessment
  • Transdisciplinary sustainability research

Key Projects

  • Maintenance of the EUROSTAT Chemical Indicator Set
  • Yesterday PCBs – today PFCs and brominated flame retardants – and tomorrow?
  • REACH Radar Plus – Support for SMEs on problematic substances, detection, substitution, conformity testing
  • REACHplus: Proposals for the updating and further development of the European Chemicals Regulation after 2018 and strategies for implementation
  • Preparation and contribution to Germany’s input to the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)
  • Solutions for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management
  • PBT – quo vadis? Review and update of the PBT assessment approach for the identification of environmental SVHC
  • Contribution to the Green Economy by sustainability of companies in the chemical industry: Selection of substances or processes on the basis of the criteria for a sustainable chemistry developed by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)

Professional Training and Career

  • 2010: Appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Education Freiburg, teaching there since 2010
  • 2008-2010: Assistant Professor at the University of Education Freiburg
  • 2003-2008: Assistant Professor at Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen
  • 2000-2003: Postdoc at Justus Liebig University (JLU) Giessen
  • Since 1991: Researcher at Öko-Institut, Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division
  • 1990-1991: Diploma studies in Environmental Science and Technology, Institute for Hydraulic and Engineering, Delft
  • 1987-1990: PhD studies on "Molecular Biology of Alzheimer's Disease", University of Heidelberg; degree: Dr. rer. nat.
  • 1981-1987: Diploma studies in chemistry, University of Cologne; degree: Dipl.-Chemiker (Diploma in Chemistry)

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Prof. Dr. Dirk Bunke