Dirk Schaumlöffel, Prof. Dr. has been a research professor (research director) at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 2011. His scientific research focuses on analytic-chemical developments for essential and toxic trace elements and trace element species in biological organisms. One of his main activities includes trace element imaging in biological cells and tissue at nanometer level by nano secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS) with applications in environment, biomedicine and toxicology.
He graduated in chemistry from the Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany where he obtained his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1995. After leaving the University of Marburg he continued his academic career as research scientist at the GKSS Research Center in Geesthacht, Germany, and in 2003 he entered the CNRS in France. From the University of Pau he obtained his habilitation in analytical chemistry in 2008 and in 2013 the title of a professor.
Furthermore, Dirk Schaumlöffel is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, General Secretary of the Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals (FESTEM), and President of the Society for Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS, Germany).