Prof. Dr. Tunga Salthammer


Phone:  +49-531-2155-213

Fax:       +49-531-2155-200


Researcher ID:     F-6638-2013
ORCID:    0000-0002-2370-8664

Fraunhofer Wilhelm-Klauditz Institut (WKI)

Fraunhofer WKI
Department of Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry
Bienroder Weg 54 E
38108 Braunschweig, Germany

Tunga Salthammer earned a Doctor of Natural Science degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physical Chemistry from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. He joined the Fraunhofer WKI in 1990 and was appointed as head of the Department of Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry in 1996. From January 2010 until October 2010, he was the acting director of WKI, and since March 2011, he is the deputy director of the institute. Salthammer served on the ISIAQ Board of Directors from 2003–2006. From 2003–2009, he was a Professor of Indoor Hygiene at the University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig/Wolfenbuettel. Since 2007, Salthammer has been an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. In June 2008, he received his habilitation from the Faculty of Life Sciences at the Technical University of Braunschweig and was appointed as an apl. (Adjunct) Professor in December 2012. Salthammer has been a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (2006–2007) and at Tsinghua University (May 2007). He is the chairman of the Indoor Air Hygiene Commission of the German Federal Environment Agency and past president of the ISIAQ Academy of Fellows. His research interests include analytical chemistry, VOC/SVOC emission studies on indoor materials using test chambers and cells, indoor chemistry, airborne particles, and settled dust.

Extended CV (PDF)

Research Topics

•    Distribution of semi volatile organic compounds in the indoor environment
•    Air pollutants in the museum environment
•    Analysis of formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds and NO in human breath
•    Release of formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds from building materials
•    Sensory evaluation of building materials
•    Specific identification of engineered nanoparticles in the atmosphere
•    Removal of organic pollutants by TiO2 photocatalysis
•    Application of zeolites for the removal of air pollutants
•    The Phenomenon of “Black Magic Dust” in Housings
•    Release of ultrafine particles from electronic devices and household appliances
•    Modelling of particle deposition in the human respiratory system
•    Very volatile organic compounds (VVOCs) in the indoor environment
•    Human exposure to vapour from electronic cigarettes

Top cited peer-reviewed publications

  1. Schripp T., Markewitz D., Salthammer T. (2013) Does the consumption of e-cigarettes cause passive vaping? INDOOR AIR, 23, 25-31.
  2. Salthammer T. Mentese S., Marutzky R. (2010) Formaldehyde in the indoor environment. Chemical Reviews 110, 2536-2572.
  3. Weschler C.J., Salthammer T., Fromme H. (2008) Gas-particle partitioning of phthalic acid esters in the indoor environment. Atmospheric Environment, 42, 1449-1460.
  4. Uhde E., Salthammer T. (2007): Impact of reaction products from building materials and furnishings on indoor air quality – A review of recent advances in indoor chemistry. Atmospheric Environment, 41, 3111-3128.
  5. Wensing M., Uhde E., Salthammer T. (2005): Plastics additives in the indoor environ­ment: flame retardants and plasticizers. The Science of the Total Environment, 339, 19-40.

Recent peer-reviewed publications

  1. Bekö G., Morrison G., Weschler C.J., Koch H.M., Pälmke C., Salthammer T., Schripp T., Toftum J., Clausen G. (2016) Measure¬ments of dermal uptake of nicotine directly from air and clothing, Indoor Air, available online, DOI: 10.1111/ina.12327.
  2. Lorber M., Weschler, C.J., Morrison G., Bekö G., Gong M., Koch, H.M., Salthammer T., Schripp T., Toftum J., Clausen G. (2016) Linking a dermal permeation and an inhalation model to a simple pharmacokinetic model to study airborne exposure to di(n-butyl) phthalate. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, available online, DOI: 10.1038/jes.2016.48
  3. Salthammer T., Schulz N., Stolte R., Bartsch J., Uhde E. (2016) Human sensory response to acetone/air mixtures, Indoor Air, available online, DOI:10.1111/ina.12262.
  4. Giesen R., Schripp T., Markewitz D., Meyer B., Schwab H., Uhde E., Salthammer T. (2016) Comparison of methods for the determination of formaldehyde in air. Analytical Letters, 49, 1613-1621, DOI: 10.1080/00032719.2015.1107083
  5. Salthammer T., Uhde E., Schripp T., Schieweck A., Mazaheri M., Clifford S., Morawska L., Buonanno G., Querol X., Viana M., Kumar P. (2016) Children's well-being at schools: impact of climatic conditions and air pollution. Environment International, 94, 196-210, DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2016.05.009.
  6. Gunschera J., Bansen B., Salthammer T., Zhao S., Zhang B. (2015) Portable photocatalytic air cleaners: efficiencies and by-product generation, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23, 7482-7493, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-5992-3.


  1. Schieweck A. and Salthammer T. (2013) Schadstoffe in Museen Bibliotheken und Archiven, 2. Auflage. IRB-Verlag, Stuttgart.
  2. Salthammer T. and Uhde E. (eds.) (2009): Organic Indoor Air Pollutants, 2nd Edition. WILEY-VCH, Weinheim.
  3. Morawska L. and Salthammer T. (eds.) (2003): Indoor Environment: Airborne Particles and Settled Dust. WILEY-VCH, Weinheim.

Full List of Publications (PDF)



International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health at QUT 

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) 

Indoor Air Hygiene Commission (IRK) of the Federal Environment Agency


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