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Dr. Leonard Böhm

Dr. Leonard Böhm

Scientific Researcher

Department of Soil Science and Soil Conservation, iFZ

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32

35392 Giessen, Germany


Room: B229


Phone: +49(0)641 99 37116

Fax: +49(0)641 99 37109


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Fields of interest / focus of work


  • Organic pollutants: sorption and bioavailability in soils, sediments and waters; nanoparticle catalyzed dehalogenation of organohalogen compounds
  • Solid-phase microextraction (SPME), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), X-ray diffraction (XRD)






  • 2017 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), JLU Giessen.
    Thesis: "Solid-phase microextraction in ecotoxicological testing – progress with regard to highly hydrophobic organic chemicals in bioconcentration experiments"
  • since 2011 Scientific Researcher at the Institute of Soil Science and Soil Conservation
  • 2008 - 2011 Studies of Environmental and Resource Management (M. Sc.), JLU Giessen
    Thesis: Analytical suitability of SPME for bioconcentration studies.
  • 2004 - 2008 Studies of Agricultural Science and Environmental Management (B. Sc.), JLU Giessen
    Thesis: Analytical determination of KDOC of polycyclic musk compounds.




Dissertation Award of the Justus Liebig University Giessen in the section Agriculture, Home Economics, and Environmental Management awarded at the akademischer Festakt.

Young Scientist Award for the best PhD thesis honored by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry German Language Branch (SETAC GLB)


Scientific Societies



Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - German Language Branch (SETAC-GLB)
(Board activity since 03/2022)



German Soil Science Society (DBG)

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)

German-Austrian-Swiss Clay Group (DTTG)



Peer-reviewed publications


Böhm L, Grančič P, Scholtzová E, Heyde BJ, Düring R-A, Siemens J, Gerzabek MH, Tunega D. 2022. Adsorption of the hydrophobic organic pollutant hexachlorobenzene to phyllosilicate minerals. Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Kuepper ND, Böhm L, Braun C, Bustamante P, Düring R-A, Libertelli MM, Quillfeldt P. 2022. Persistent organic pollutants and mercury in a colony of Antarctic seabirds: higher concentrations in 1998, 2001, and 2003 compared to 2014 to 2016. Polar Biology 45: 1229–1245.

Simon MP, Knuth D, Böhm L, Wiltschka K, Schatz M, Düring R-A. 2022. A miniaturized method for fast, simple, and sensitive pesticide analysis in soils. Journal of Soils and Sediments 22: 496–508.

Heinrich AP, Zöltzer T, Böhm L, Wohde M, Jaddoudi S, El Maataoui Y, Dahchour A, Düring R-A. 2021. Sorption of selected antiparasitics in soils and sediments. Environmental Sciences Europe 33: 77.

Wiltschka K, Neumann L, Werheid M, Bunge M, Düring R-A, Mackenzie K, Böhm L. 2020. Hydrodechlorination of hexachlorobenzene in a miniaturized nano-Pd(0) reaction system combined with the simultaneous extraction of all dechlorination products. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 275: 119100.

Steckenmesser D, Vogel C, Böhm L, Heyde B, Adam C. 2018. Fate of heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in sewage sludge carbonisates and ashes – A risk assessment to a thermochemical phosphorus-recycling process. Waste Management 78: 576–587.

Böhm L, Düring R-A, Bruckert H-J, Schlechtriem C (2017) Can solid-phase microextraction replace solvent extraction for water analysis in fish bioconcentration studies with highly hydrophobic organic chemicals? Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 36: 2887–2894.

Schlechtriem C, Böhm L, Bebon R, Bruckert H-J, Düring R-A (2017) Fish bioconcentration studies with column generated analyte concentrations of highly hydrophobic organic chemicals. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 36: 906–916.

Wohde M, Bartz J-O, Böhm L, Hartwig C, Keil BM, Martin K, Düring R-A (2017) Automated thin-film microextraction coupled to a flow-through cell: Somewhere in between passive and active sampling. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 409: 1975–1984.

Unuabonah EI, Olu-Owolabi BI, Böhm L, Düring R-A (2016) Adsorption of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons from aqueous solution: Agrowaste-modified kaolinite vs surfactant modified bentonite. Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia 30: 369–376.

Fischer FC, Böhm L, Höss S, Möhlenkamp C, Claus E, Düring R-A, Schäfer S (2016) Passive dosing in chronic toxicity tests with the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Environmental Science & Technology 50: 9708–9716.

Böhm L, Schlechtriem C, Düring R-A (2016) Sorption of highly hydrophobic organic chemicals to organic matter relevant for fish bioconcentration studies. Environmental Science & Technology 50: 8316–8323.

Olu-Owolabi BI, Alabi AH, Unuabonah EI, Diagboya PN, Böhm L, Düring R-A (2016) Calcined biomass-modified bentonite clay for removal of aqueous metal ions. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 4: 1376–1382.

Schlüter M, Hentzel T, Suarez C, Koch M, Lorenz WG, Böhm L, Düring R-A, Koinig KA, Bunge M (2014) Synthesis of novel palladium(0) nanocatalysts by microorganisms from heavy-metal-influenced high-alpine sites for dehalogenation of polychlorinated dioxins. Chemosphere 117: 462-470.

Düring R-A, Böhm L, Schlechtriem C (2012) Solid-phase microextraction for bioconcentration studies according to OECD TG 305. Environmental Sciences Europe 24:4.

Böhm L und Düring R-A (2010) Partitioning of Polycyclic Musk Compounds in Soil and Aquatic Environment – Experimental Determination of KDOC. Journal of Soils and Sediments 10: 708-713.