Peer-reviewed journal articles, preprints and non peer-reviewed papers, selected conference contributions, journalistic articles, and my reviewing activity for scientific journals.

peer-reviewed journal articles


  1. CPP
    Superabsorbent Polymers in Soil: The New Microplastics?
    Christian Buchmann, Janina Neff, Maximilian Meyer, Mirco Bundschuh, and Zacharias Steinmetz
    Cambridge Prisms: Plastics 2(e3), 1–14, 2024


  1. Recycl
    Identification and Evaluation of (Non-)Intentionally Added Substances in Post-Consumer Recyclates and Their Toxicological Classification
    Christian Rung, Frank Welle, Anita Gruner, Arielle Springer, Zacharias Steinmetz, and Katherine Munoz
    Recycling 8(1), 24, 2023
  2. ETC
    Subsidy Quality Affects Common Riparian Web-Building Spiders: Consequences of Aquatic Contamination and Food Resource
    Sebastian Pietz, Sara Kolbenschlag, Nina Röder, Alexis P. Roodt, Zacharias Steinmetz, Alessandro Manfrin, Klaus Schwenk, Ralf Schulz, Ralf B. Schäfer, Jochen P. Zubrod, and Mirco Bundschuh
    Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 42(6), 1346–1358, 2023
  3. JTAC
    A Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Approach for Assessing the Quality of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Waste for Physical Recycling: A Proof-of-Concept Study
    Lucie Šudomová, Helena Doležalová Weissmannová, Zacharias Steinmetz, Veronika Řezáčová, and Jiří Kučerík
    Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 148(20), 10843–10855, 2023


  1. SOIL
    Are agricultural plastic covers a source of plastic debris in soil? A first screening study
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Paul Löffler, Silvia Eichhöfer, Jan David, Katherine Muñoz, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    SOIL 8(1), 31–47, 2022
  2. SoilSys
    Effects of Plastic versus Straw Mulching Systems on Soil Microbial Community Structure and Enzymes in Strawberry Cultivation
    Katherine Muñoz, Sören Thiele-Bruhn, Kilian G. J. Kenngott, Maximilian Meyer, Dörte Diehl, Zacharias Steinmetz, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    Soil Systems 6(1), 21, 2022
  3. PeerJ
    Plastic debris in plastic-mulched soil—a screening study from western Germany
    Zacharias Steinmetz, and Heike Schröder
    PeerJ 10, e13781, 2022
  4. EnvPoll
    Historical and current occurrence of microplastics in water and sediment of a Finnish lake affected by WWTP effluents
    Mirka Viitala, Zacharias Steinmetz, Mika Sillanpää, Mika Mänttäri, and Markus Sillanpää
    Environmental Pollution 314, 120298, 2022


  1. AChem
    Microplastic Spectral Classification Needs an Open Source Community: Open Specy to the Rescue!
    Win Cowger, Zacharias Steinmetz, Andrew Gray, Keenan Munno, Jennifer Lynch, Hannah Hapich, Sebastian Primpke, Hannah De Frond, Chelsea Rochman, and Orestis Herodotou
    Analytical Chemistry 93(21), 7543–7548, 2021
  2. ACSO
    Validation of a Simple and Reliable Method for the Determination of Aflatoxins in Soil and Food Matrices
    Julius Albert, Camilla A. More, Niklaus R. P. Dahlke, Zacharias SteinmetzGabriele E. Schaumann, and Katherine Muñoz
    ACS Omega 6(29), 18684–18693, 2021


  1. Geoderma
    Effect of matric potential and soil-water-hydrogel interactions on biohydrogel-induced soil microstructural stability
    Christian Buchmann, Zacharias Steinmetz, Mathilde Brax, Stephan Peth, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    Geoderma 362, 114142, 2020
  2. JAAP
    A simple method for the selective quantification of polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene plastic debris in soil by pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Aaron Kintzi, Katherine Muñoz, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 147, 104803, 2020
  3. Sustainability
    Sample Preparation Techniques for the Analysis of Microplastics in Soil—A Review
    Daniela Thomas, Berit Schütze, Wiebke Mareile Heinze, and Zacharias Steinmetz
    Sustainability 12(21), 9074, 2020


  1. AFM
    Implications of crop model ensemble size and composition for estimates of adaptation effects and agreement of recommendations
    A. Rodríguez, M. Ruiz-Ramos, T. Palosuo, T. R. Carter, S. Fronzek, I. J. Lorite, R. Ferrise, N. Pirttioja, M. Bindi, P. Baranowski, S. Buis, D. Cammarano, Y. Chen, B. Dumont, F. Ewert, T. Gaiser, P. Hlavinka, H. Hoffmann, J. G. Höhn, F. Jurecka, K. C. Kersebaum, J. Krzyszczak, M. Lana, A. Mechiche-Alami, J. Minet, M. Montesino, C. Nendel, J. R. Porter, F. Ruget, M. A. Semenov, Z. Steinmetz, P. Stratonovitch, I. Supit, F. Tao, M. Trnka, A. Wit, and R. P. Rötter
    Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 264, 351–362, 2019
  2. Chemosphere
    Introducing a soil universal model method (SUMM) and its application for qualitative and quantitative determination of poly(ethylene), poly(styrene), poly(vinyl chloride) and poly(ethylene terephthalate) microplastics in a model soil
    Jan David, Helena Doležalová Weissmannová, Zacharias Steinmetz, Lucie Kabelíková, Michael Scott Demyan, Jana Šimečková, David Tokarski, Christian Siewert, Gabriele E. Schaumann, and Jiří Kučerík
    Chemosphere 225, 810–819, 2019
  3. Chemosphere
    Biodegradation and photooxidation of phenolic compounds in soil—A compound-specific stable isotope approach
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Markus P. Kurtz, Jochen P. Zubrod, Armin H. Meyer, Martin Elsner, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    Chemosphere 230, 210–218, 2019


  1. AgriSys
    Adaptation response surfaces for managing wheat under perturbed climate and CO2 in a Mediterranean environment
    M. Ruiz-Ramos, R. Ferrise, A. Rodríguez, I. J. Lorite, M. Bindi, T. R. Carter, S. Fronzek, T. Palosuo, N. Pirttioja, P. Baranowski, S. Buis, D. Cammarano, Y. Chen, B. Dumont, F. Ewert, T. Gaiser, P. Hlavinka, H. Hoffmann, J. G. Höhn, F. Jurecka, K. C. Kersebaum, J. Krzyszczak, M. Lana, A. Mechiche-Alami, J. Minet, M. Montesino, C. Nendel, J. R. Porter, F. Ruget, M. A. Semenov, Z. Steinmetz, P. Stratonovitch, I. Supit, F. Tao, M. Trnka, A. Wit, and R. P. Rötter
    Agricultural Systems 159(Supplement C), 260–274, 2018
  2. AChem
    Quantitative Analysis of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Microplastics in Soil via Thermogravimetry–Mass Spectrometry
    Jan David, Zacharias Steinmetz, Jiří Kučerík, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    Analytical Chemistry 90(15), 8793–8799, 2018


  1. ASE
    Physicochemical and microbial soil quality indicators as affected by the agricultural management system in strawberry cultivation using straw or black polyethylene mulching
    K. Muñoz, C. Buchmann, M. Meyer, M. Schmidt-Heydt, Z. Steinmetz, D. Diehl, S. Thiele-Bruhn, and G. E. Schaumann
    Applied Soil Ecology 113, 36–44, 2017
  2. JSS
    Fractionation of copper and uranium in organic and conventional vineyard soils and adjacent stream sediments studied by sequential extraction
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Kilian G. J. Kenngott, Mohamed Azeroual, Ralf B. Schäfer, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 17(4), 1092–1100, 2017
  3. PhysChem
    Influence of Organic Chemicals on Water Molecule Bridges in Soil Organic Matter of a Sapric Histosol
    Pavel Ondruch, Jiri Kucerik, Zacharias Steinmetz, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 121(12), 2367–2376, 2017


    Plastic mulching in agriculture. Trading short-term agronomic benefits for long-term soil degradation?
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Claudia Wollmann, Miriam Schaefer, Christian Buchmann, Jan David, Josephine Tröger, Katherine Muñoz, Oliver Frör, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    Science of The Total Environment 550, 690–705, 2016


  1. JPNSS
    The seasonal influence of olive mill wastewater applications on an orchard soil under semi-arid conditions
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Markus Peter Kurtz, Arnon Dag, Isaac Zipori, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 178(4), 641–648, 2015

preprints and non peer-reviewed papers


  1. BvBoden
    (Mikro-)Plastik im Boden
    Elke Brandes, Melanie Braun, Matthias C. Rillig, Eva F. Leifheit, Zacharias Steinmetz, Peter Fiener, and Daniela Thomas
    Bodenschutz 3, 121–125, 2020


  1. DIV
    Soil based wastewater treatment - Effective Utilization of Olive Mill Wastewater in Israel and Palestine
    Markus Peter Kurtz, Nisreen Tamimi, Christian Buchmann, Zacharias Steinmetz, Yonatan Keren, Benjamin Peikert, Mikhail Borisover, Dörte Diehl, Amer Marei, Jawad Hasan Shoqeir, Isaac Zipori, Arnon Dag, and Gabriele Ellen Schaumann
    Water Solutions 157, 82–86, 2016

selected conference contributions


  1. SETAC
    Screening for Plastic Debris in Agricultural Soil — an Open Data Approach
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Paul Löffler, Katherine Muñoz, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    SETAC North America 42nd Annual Meeting, 2021


  1. SETAC
    Solve it! Using 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene and p-xylene to make polyolefin plastic debris amenable to pyrolysis-GC/MS quantification in soil
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Aaron Kintzi, Katherine Muñoz, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    SETAC SciCon, 2020


  1. SETAC
    Microplastic Analysis Goes Nano—Quantifizierung von Polyethylen, Polypropylen und Polystyrol im Nanogrammbereich
    Zacharias Steinmetz, Aaron Kintzi, Katherine Muñoz, and Gabriele E. Schaumann
    SETAC GLB, 2019

invited speaker


  1. BEW
    Nachweis von Mikroplastik im Boden – Probenahme, Aufbereitung, Quantifizierung
    Zacharias Steinmetz
    BEW Online Training (Mikro-)Plastik in Böden – Aktuelles Wissen und Herausforderungen, 2021


  1. Cusanuswerk
    Back to the Roots. Haben unsere Böden ein Plastikproblem?
    Zacharias Steinmetz
    Fachschaftstagung Biologie/Chemie des Cusanuswerks, 2019
  2. S-prep
    Quantifizierung von Mikroplastik in Bodenproben
    Zacharias Steinmetz
    S-prep Anwenderseminar Pyrolyse und Thermodesorption als Probenzuführung für die GC und GC/MS, 2019

journalistic articles


  1. NADC
    Professioneller Textsatz mit Latex
    Zacharias Steinmetz
    Nachrichten aus der Chemie 69(5), 30–33, 2021


  1. c’t
    Chemiebaukasten—Chemische Formeln und Reaktionsgleichungen in LaTeX
    Zacharias Steinmetz
    c’t 22, 160–163, 2020


  1. c’t
    In Form gegossen—Anspruchsvolle Texte mit LaTeX schreiben und gestalten
    Zacharias Steinmetz
    c’t 9, 152–157, 2019


I review for the following research funding agencies and scientific journals.

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • Advances in Water Resources
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
  • European Journal of Soil Science
  • Frontiers in Environmental Science
  • Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
  • Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science
  • Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
  • Nature Sustainability
  • Pedosphere
  • Polymers
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry

I further serve as advisor for the F1000Research Gateway “Agriculture, Food and Nutrition”.