Section 3.2: Organic Geochemistry

In Section 3.2 we study the origin and fate of (mostly) biological organic matter across Earth history and explore new ways to gain unprecedented biological and environmental information from fossil carbon. Using inter- and multidisciplinary approaches, our research straddles the traditional boundaries of geology, biology and chemistry, and attempts to push methodological limits. On scales that range from microbial cultures to global patterns, from days to Eons, our fundamental research lines are focused on the global carbon cycle, lipid biosynthesis, climate change and evolutionary geobiology. In addition we work on more applied topics of current societal concern — amongst others on the future of fossil fuel and metal resources, petroleum contamination and remediation, and the transition to a clean energy society.



April 2022

Yufu Han hat seine Promotion zum Thema "Kohlenwasserstoffe und NSO-Verbindungen in ölhaltigen Flüssigkeitseinschlüssen, nachgewiesen mit FT-ICR-MS, und ihre Anwendungen in Erdölsystemen" an der Technischen Universität Berlin erfolgreich verteidigt. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!



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September 2021

What role did marine ammonium play in regulating productivity in deep time? How did environmental redox-conditions modulate the ammonium pool? See our new paper in Frontiers in Earth Science




July 2021

Toothbrush vs. Early Earth? Listen to a podcast on biofilms, featuring members of our section. 



July 2021

The Ordovician Alum shale represents a prime study object for understanding the association or uranium with organic matter and assessing its effects on the alteration of molecular signatures. For more insights, see our new review paper in Earth Science Reviews. 

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