Arbeitsgruppe Umweltgeochemie

Lago Guanaco, Torres del Paine Nationaplark, Chile (2011).

Tel.: + 49 (0) 531 391 7244
Fax.: + 49 (0) 531 391 8130

Email: geosecret@tu-bs.de

IGÖ - Abt. Umweltgeochemie
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Langer Kamp 19c (3rd floor)
38106 Braunschweig

Mission Statement

Estimating anthropogenic contributions to biogeochemical cycling of trace elements and pollutants is based on profound knowledge of biogeochemical processes and interactions in entire ecosystems.


Biogeochemical Cycles

We investigate coupling of trace element and organic matter cycling on a micro- to ecosystem scale. Main emphasis is the understanding of processes of trace element organic matter interactions and their coupling to hydrological and climatic drivers, which both control release of trace element and carbon from soils to aquatic systems. Currently, we study the release of dissolved organic matter associated lead and arsenic from wetlands to drinking water reservoirs.

Geochemical Archives and Formation of Environmental Signals

We conduct several projects on the formation of environmental signals based on biogeochemical proxies. We are interested in understanding what geochemical signals indicate and how they are preserved in geo-archives such as peat bogs and lake sediments. We apply multi-element analytical methods including organic matter characterization and multivariate statistics.

Mercury Speciation and Risk Assessment

We have developed analytical methods which allow speciation of mercury phases and species in all kinds of solid matter such as soils, sediments, and mining residues. We apply these methods in combination with geochemical modeling to several mercury-contaminated sites worldwide for risk assessment and remediation strategies.

Remediation of Mercury Contaminated Sites

We investigate mercury contaminated sites and develop methods to stabilize or remove mercury from polluted soils or groundwater. Our current emphasis is on the species-based development and application of filtering materials for removal of mercury from contaminated groundwater and on species transformation processes which reduce mercury mobility in soils and groundwater.

Öffnungszeiten des Sekretariats

Di-Do: 9.00-12.00 Uhr
Mi: bis 16.00 Uhr

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