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.

Working Groups


Congratulation to Mostafa Nasr Sayed Monged for succesfully defending his PhD thesis: Petroleum geochemistry of Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs - case study from the northern Western Desert of Egypt and the Lower Shuaiba Formation in Central Oman. 14.03.2023, Technical University Berlin




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