Prof. Dr. Reinhard Nießner


Analytical Chemistry
Professor emeritus since April 1, 2017



Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Nießner’s (b. 1951) research field is analytical chemistry. His aim is to implement analytical verification procedures from idea to practicable prototype. His latest work revolves around developing microarray-based procedures and their parallel reading with autonomous platforms. He has worked on the development of selective antibodies against highly toxic substances, which are in use worldwide. In the area of lasers, photoacoustic spectroscopy is increasingly being used around the world in modern waste gas monitoring.

After studying chemistry at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau (1972-76), Prof. Nießner did his doctorate at the University of Dortmund (1981) and completed his lecturer qualification in inorganic & analytical chemistry (1985). In 1989, he accepted the offer of a Chair at TUM. The Chair covers the same research areas as the Institute of Hydrochemistry and Chemical Balneology, which Prof. Nießner also oversees. He has received and turned down a number of offers from other institutes. He has authored 526 publications and has 32 patents/applications to his name. As of 2010, 121 doctoral students have received their qualifications under his guidance.


Haisch C, Niessner R: “A Photoacoustic Analyzer for the Artifact-free Parallel Detection of Soot and NO2 in Engine Exhaust”. Anal. Chem. 2012 (Accepted Manuscript).

Kloth K, Niessner R, Seidel M: "Development of an open stand-alone platform for regenerable automated microarrays" Biosensors & bioelectronics. 2009; 24(7): 2106-12.

Ivleva NP, Messerer A, Yang X, Niessner R, Poschl U: "Raman microspectroscopic analysis of changes in the chemical structure and reactivity of soot in a diesel exhaust aftertreatment model system" Environmental science & technology. 2007; 41(10): 3702-7.

Matschulat D, Deng A, Niessner R, Knopp D: "Development of a highly sensitive monoclonal antibody based ELISA for detection of benzo[a]pyrene in potable water" Analyst (Cambridge, United Kingdom). 2005; 130(7): 1078-1086.

Niessner R: "The chemical response of the photo-electric aerosol sensor (PAS) to different aerosol systems" Journal of Aerosol Science. 1986; 17(4): 705-14