The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry is a non-university research institute under the auspices of the Max Planck Society . It is based in Mainz.In 2016 research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz aims at an integral understanding of chemical processes in the Earth system, particularly in the atmosphere and biosphere. Investigations address a wide range of interactions between air, water, soil, life and climate in the course of Earth history up to today´s human-driven epoch, the Anthropocene. The Institute consists of five scientific departments and additional research groups. The departments are independently led by their Directors.