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Dr. Dana Zimmer
Leibniz ScienceCampus Rostock

Phosphorus Research

Leibniz ScienceCampus Rostock

Phosphorus is a vital mineral. Used as a fertiliser in agriculture, it has no substitute. Without phosphorus, we would be unable to produce sufficient food for the growing global population. Yet the world’s phosphorus reserves are limited, and the hitherto inefficient use of phosphorus has had a severe environmental impact: when large quantities of unused phosphorus enter the material cycles of rivers, lakes and seas via agricultural run-off, this can lead to over-fertilisation, which brings the whole system out of balance. Strategies are therefore urgently required to make more efficient use of phosphorus in order to prevent the rapid depletion of reserves and to close material cycles.

This is the focus of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Rostock. Thanks to a strongly interdisciplinary approach, it creates the basis for comprehensive research into phosphorus as an element and its numerous chemical compounds and effects. The aim is to establish the scientific foundations for sustainable phosphorus management, and to develop new technologies for using phosphorus and transfer these to the commercial sector.