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Since its inception in 1868, TUM has established its reputation as a foremost academic institution with 6 Nobel prizes and many other prestigious awards, making it repeatedly the number one German university in various rankings, including the most recent ones. Our university covers a large spectrum of fundamental and applied research with studies ranging from engineering, natural sciences, including life and medical sciences, to economics. Today TUM comprises 13 faculties with more than 23,300 students (about 20 percent of whom come from abroad), 420 professors, and roughly 6,500 academic and non-academic staff. TUM is thus well positioned to create new knowledge and know-how.

The Chair for Analytical Chemistry, which is virtually identical to the Institute of Hydrochemistry is part of the Faculty of Chemistry at TUM.

The permanent scientific and administrative staff of about 18 persons, and more than 45 graduate and undergraduate students are organized in five research groups, which cover a broad spectrum of analytical methods and measurement techniques for chemistry, geology, physics, biology and chemical engineering. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. R. Niessner, new methods and reagents are developed, prototypes constructed and some even brought into the market. The main research topics of the institute are bioanalytics, laser spectroscopy, microarray technology, hydrogeology, and nanoparticles & aerosols.

The main mission of the laser group is to push analytical techniques based on optoacoustics (OA) and other spectroscopic principles from basic research to real-world application, e.g. in industry, environmental and atmospheric research, medicine, and biology. Research projects are, for instance, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) as new tool for microarray readout, photophoresis of hydrocolloids and aerosols, optothermal spectroscopy on single levitated aerosol particles and Raman microscopy of biofilms.

In the framework of the MCFC Context project, a gas analyzer based on Raman and laser- induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is developed and tested. The instrument should be able to analyze biogas components which are harmful to Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells (MCFC), like halogenated hydrocarbons, sulfur compounds and siloxanes. The low concentrations, the required real-time and online capability, and the large number of components to detect are the challenges of the project.