Section 3.1: Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry

Our Research

We, Section 3.1, study the distribution of elements and their isotopes in the Earth system in order to understand how they are cycled through the geological reservoirs of the Earth, from the surface to the crust and mantle, and back again, and on what time scales. We combine field, experimental and modelling studies with advanced laboratory techniques for rock, fluid and mineral analyses.

Our research addresses fundamental questions of Earth evolution as well as the societal challenges of sustainable (natural) resources and clean energy. Our main research topics (Geofluids, material transport and element cycling, Timing, rates and mechanisms of Earth processes, Mineral and gas hydrate resources)  contribute substantially to the GFZ programme oriented research topics: topic 8 "Georesources" and topic 3 "Restless Earth", as well as to topic 5 "Landscapes of the Future".

The research programme 2021-2027 "Changing Earth - Sustaining our Future" is organised into nine themes and numerous cross-cutting activities and alliances.

All of our research, including modelling studies, is data-driven and we understand that delivering first-class science in geochemistry depends on first-class laboratories. Therefore we are committed to maintaining state-of-the-art infrastructure and to methods improvement and innovation.

News from our Section

Due to water damage  in the building, our two microprobes (JEOL Superprobe JXA-8230 and JEOL Hyperprobe JXA-8530F PLUS) have to move.

We hope to be online and fully operational in early October again.

Thank you for your understanding.

Conact person: Dr. Franziska Wilke

I’m Vitor Barrote (sounds like: Vee · tor | Ba · rroo · ti), I’m the lab manager for the EleMap lab, and I take care of one Laser and two Quadrupole ICPMS. Our lab can handle in-situ elemental analyses of a bunch of geological solid materials including the accessory minerals I use on my own research. In my research I study isotopic and elemental geochemistry of interesting minerals to better understand ore forming processes and exploration for important metals. Along the way I try to understand better, fundamental processes in geochemistry and geosciences.

I, Dr. Muhammad Sajid, am an Alexander von Humboldt  fellow and work as guest scientist in the SIMS group, led by Dr. Michael Wiedenbeck. I mainly work on the U-Pb systematics of zircons from the multiple Himalayan domains of northern Pakistan. My prime research is focussed to build the tectono-magmatic evolutionary history of crustal rocks via integrating the field information, geochemistry and geochronology. In addition, I am also interested in investigating the textural response of rocks during their exposure to high stress and high temperature conditions.

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