Lohmann, Rainer

Rainer Lohmann
Associate Professor of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island




University of Rhode Island, Office 132, Horn



Use of passive samplers to detect activities and gradients of organic pollutants; Use of persistent organic compounds as tracers for biogeochemical cycles; Atmospheric chemistry of aromatic compounds; Global mass balance of black carbon and persistent organic pollutants


OCG 480/580 - Introduction to Marine Pollution; OCG 494 - Special Problems/ Independent Study in Oceanography research; OCG 523 - Organic Geochemistry of Natural Waters; OCG 693 - Special Studies: Marine Organic Chemistry; OCG 631 - Seminar in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry.

Selected Publications: 

Sacks, V.P. and Lohmann, R. Freely dissolved PBDEs in water and porewater of an urban estuary, Environ Poll 2012, 162, 287-293.

Friedman, C.; Cantwell, M.; Lohmann, R. Passive sampling provides evidence for Newark Bay as a source of PCDD/Fs to the New York/New Jersey atmosphere. Environ Toxicol Chem 2012, 31, 2, 253-26.

Lohmann, R. A critical review of low-density polyethylene’s partitioning and diffusion coefficients for trace organic contaminants and implications for its use as a passive sampler, Environ Sci Technol 2012, 46, 606-618.

Jonathan P. Benskin, Lutz Ahrens, Derek C. G. Muir, Brian F. Scott, Christine Spencer, Bruno Rosenberg, Gregg Tomy, Henrik Kylin, Rainer Lohmann, and Jonathan W. Martin. Sources of Perfluorooctanoate in Seawater, Environ Sci Technol 2012, 46, 677-685.
Khairy, M.A. and Lohmann,R. Sources and Seasonal Trends of Vapor Phase PAHs in a Major Developing Urban City Using Passive Polyethylene Air Samplers, Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46, 3990-3998.

Education + Credentials
B.S., Biochemistry, Ruhr-Universitaet, Bochum Germany, 1993
M.S., Chemical Engineering, EHICS, Strasbourg, France, 1996
Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry, Lancaster University, Lancaster England, 1999