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

The new XRF is here!

After 16 years we say farewell to our AXIOS XRF. From November on, we welcome the new ZETIUM XRF to our ElMiE team! With this XRF we will be able to analyze pressed pellets as well as the usual fused beads.

Contact us for details!

Contact person: Dr. Jessica Stammeier, Dr. Anja Schleicher

Since the beginning of November, our two microprobes(JEOL Superprobe JXA-8230 and JEOL Hyperprobe JXA-8530F PLUS) are fully operational again .

NEW location:  C351/C353

Conact person: Dr. Franziska Wilke

The way to our Section / to the GFZ Campus

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