Organometallic compounds

Organic substances with at least one metall atom

Organometallic compounds are characterised by at least one covalent bond between carbon and a metal atom. These compounds are often volatile and instable in the presence of oxygen and hydrogen.
Some organometallic compounds are more toxic and environmental dangerous than the metal alone. Typical examples are tetraethyl lead which was used as antiknock additive in petrol until it was banned. Other examples are methylmercury, a product of natural methylation of inorganic mercury, and the organotin compounds which were used as antifoulants for ships until they were banned.


Organo mercury compounds Organic substances with at least one mercury atom
Organotin compounds Class of organometallic compounds of tin


Zebra mussel Common mussel species as invasive animal in rivers and lakes with high information level for water pollution
Bream Bioindicator in rivers and lakes
Blue mussel One of the most important edible mussel species common in the North and Baltic Sea
Eelpout As the only viviparous fish in German nearshore waters, it is a bioindicator in nearshore coastal marine ecosystems.

Sampling area

Saarländischer Verdichtungsraum Important, old-industrialised conurbation in Germany.
Bornhöveder Seengebiet Main water divide between the North- and Baltic Sea
Rhein Longest river in Germany
NP Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park in the largest brackish water (Bodden) habitat of the world.
BR/NP Wattenmeere National park in the world largest connected sand and mud flats.
Elbe Fourth largest river basin in Central Europe
Verdichtungsraum Halle-Leipzig Region in the chemical triangle of Central Germany
Donau Second largest river in Europe

Sampling period

1985 - 2018