Professional summary

Research Interests

My research interest so far has focused on different aspects of environmental hazard and risk assessment of emerging pollutants (metals, ionic liquids, metal nanoparticles, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals) including aquatic, marine and freshwater systems on different levels of complexity, i.e. in vitro cytotoxicity studies, single species studies (algae, bacteria, plants and soil invertebrates) up to a community level (soil and freshwater microbial communities).

Additional focus has always been the bioavailability of compounds as well as mixture toxicity assessment. My research career was developed through different academic, NGO and industry funded projects at the Center for Environmental Research and sustainable Technologies (University of Bremen, Germany) and the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (University of Gothenburg Sweden). Since 2012, the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford has first hosted my EU-funded Marie Curie Fellowship and from 2014 on employed me as an Ecotoxicologist. Currently I am working mainly on EU funded projects (NanoFASE, ACEnano, NanoCommons, GRACIOUS, caLIBRAte) studying fate and toxicity of nanomaterials to improve environmental effect and risk assessment schemes.  


  • Fernandez-Cruz ML, Hernandes-Morena D, Catalan J, Cross RK, Stockmann-Juvala H, Cabellos J, Ferraz N, Ixquierdo JJ, Navas JM, Park M, Matzke M, Svendsen C, Janer G. 2018. Quality evaluation of nanomaterial studies for human ad environmental hazard assessment – the GUIDEnano approach; Environmental Science: Nano; DOI 10.1039/C7EN00716G
  • Sekine, R, Moore KL, Matzke M, Valloton P, Jiang H, Hughes GM, Kirby JK, Donner E, Grovenor CRM, Svendsen C, Lombi E. 2017. Complementary imaging of silver nanoparticle interactions with green algae: Dark-Field Microscopy, Electron microscopy and nanoscale secondary-ion mass spectrometry. ACS Nano, DOI:10.1021/acsnano.7b04556
  • Białk-Bielińska A, Matzke M, Caban M, Stepnowski P, Stolte S. Chronic toxicity of five sulphonamides to the duckweed Lemna minor and its dependency on photoradiation. 2017. Science of the Total Environment; DOI 10.1016/j.sitotenv.2017.08.286
  • Białk-Bielińska A, Stolte S, Matzke M, Fabianska A, Maszkowska J, Kolodziejska M, Liberek B, Stepnowski P, Kumirska J. 2012. Hydrolysis of sulphonamides in aqueous solutions, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 221-222: 264-274
  • Bialk-Bielinska A, Stolte S, Arning J, Uebers U, Boeschen A, Stepnowski P, Matzke M. 2011. Ecotoxicity evaluation of selected sulfonamides. Chemosphere, 85(6), 928-933
  • Arning J, Matzke M (2011): Toxicity of ionic liquids towards mammalian cell lines, in Special Issue of Current Organic Chemisty, 15(12), 1905-1917
  • Weinhold MX, Sauvageau JCM, Keddig N, Matzke M, Tartsch B, Grunwald I, Kübel C, Jastorff B, Thöming J. 2009. Strategy to improve the characterization of chitosan for sustainable biomedical applications: SAR guided multi-dimensional analysis. Green Chemistry, 11, 498-509
  • Matzke M, Thiele K, Müller A, Filser J. 2009. Sorption and desorption of imidazolium based ionic liquids in different soil types. Chemosphere, 74 (4) 568-74
  • Matzke M, Stolte S, Arning J, Uebers U, Filser J. 2009. Ionic liquids in soils: effects of different anion species of imidazolium based ionic liquids on wheat (Triticum aestivum) as affected by different clay minerals and clay concentrations. Ecotoxicology, 18 (2), 197-203
  • Matzke M, Stolte S, Böschen A, Filser J. 2008. Mixture effects and predictability of combination effects of ionic liquids as well as ionic liquids and cadmium on terrestrial plants (Triticum aestivum) and limnic green algae (Scenedesmus vacuolatus). Green Chemistry, 10 (7), 784-792
  • Matzke M, Stolte S, Arning J, Uebers U, Filser J. 2008. Imidazolium based ionic liquids in soils: Effects of the side chain length on wheat (Triticum aestivum) and cress (Lepidium sativum) as affected by different clays and organic matter. Green Chemistry, 10 (5), 584-591
  • Arning J, Dringen R, Schmidt M, Thiessen A, Stolte S, Matzke M, Bottin-Weber U, Caesar-Geertz, B, Jastorff B, Ranke J. 2008. Structure-activity relationships for the impact of selected isothiazol-3-one biocides on glutathione metabolism and glutathione reductase of the human liver cell line Hep G2. Toxicology, 246 (2-3), 203-212
  • Stolte S, Abdulkarim S, Arning J, Blomeyer-Nienstedt A, Bottin-Weber U, Matzke M, Ranke J, Jastorff B, Thöming J. 2008. Primary biodegradation of ionic liquid cations, identification of degradation products of 1-methyl-3-octyl-imidazolium chloride and electrochemical wastewater treatment of poorly biodegradable compounds. Green Chemistry, 10 (2), 214-224
  • Drost W, Matzke M, Backhaus T. 2007. Heavy metal toxicity to Lemna minor: studies on the time dependence of growth inhibition and the recovery after exposure. Chemosphere, 67 (1), 36-43
  • Keddig N, Weinhold M, Sauvageau J, Matzke M, Stolte S, Heppe K, Tartsch B, Clarke J, Thöming J, Heyser W, Jastorff B, Warrelmann J (2007): Chiqual – A multidimensional analysis for quality assessment of chitosan. Advances in Chitin Science, (10), 61-65
  •  Matzke M, Stolte S, Thiele K, Juffernholz T, Arning J, Ranke J, Welz-Biermann U, Jastorff B. 2007. The influence of anion species on the toxicity of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquids observed in an (eco)toxicological test battery. Green Chemistry, 9, 1198-1207
  • Stolte S, Matzke M, Arning J, Böschen A, Pitner WR, Welz-Biermann U, Jastorff B and Ranke J. 2007. Effects of different head groups and functionalised side chains on the aquatic toxicity of ionic liquids. Green Chemistry 9 (11), 1170-1179
  • Stolte S, Arning J, Bottin-Weber U, Matzke M, Stock F, Thiele K, Uerdingen M, Welz-Biermann U, Jastorff B and Ranke J. 2006. Anion effects on the cytotoxicity of ionic liquids. Green Chemistry 8 (7), 621-629


Brief CV


2012-present        Ecotoxicologist NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford

2010-2012            Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

2008 - 2010          Postdoctoral Researcher, UFT, University of Bremen, Germany

2008                      PhD, UFT, University of Bremen, Germany

2003-2004            Research Associate, University of Bremen, Germany

2003                      Biology degree (Diplom, MSc equivalent), University of Bremen, Germany