Very little is known about the kind and concentration of organic compounds in formation waters, pore waters, oilfield waters and gas hydrates. These substances may originate from biological or diagenetic processes and therefore provide information on the workings of the deep biosphere and transport processes involving petroleum and heavy metals.
Our investigations will focus on the composition and concentration of the organic substrate fraction dissolved in “geologic” waters, as well as the detection of compound-specific carbon and hydrogen isotope compositions that will help to differentiate the origin of the organic substances and will tell something about ongoing processes.
Our methods will also be applied in projects investigating energy storage in aquifers and sequestration of CO2.
The analysis of certain organic compounds that are dissolved in water will be done using ion chromatography.
- Andrea Vieth
- Brian Horsfield
- Anke Sachse
- Alexandra Vetter
- Heinz Wilkes
- Hilke Würdemann
- Kai Mangelsdorf
- Ernst Huenges