Dr. Roberts Blukis

Dr. Roberts Blukis
Building A 71, Room 224
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

I am a postdoctoral researcher working on projects mostly associated with mineral nucleation mechanisms and am responsible for the organic chemistry laboratory.
Clays are a very common group of minerals at the Earths surface. However, the exact mechanisms leading to their formation are not clear due to practical difficulties of replicating and observing natural clay formation in the laboratory setting. My main project aims to find pathways to circumvent problems encountered in clay synthesis such as slow reaction rates and low concentrations of source elements. I am also interested in the effect of minor elements on the reaction products in previously established clay and zeolite synthesis methods.
All sedimentary rocks contain a small fraction of magnetic minerals that provide an experimentally simple yet powerful method to characterize various aspects of the formation conditions provided magnetic minerals and their formation processes are understood. One of my projects aims to understand magnetic mineral transformation processes encountered in suboxic-anoxic sediments by creating analogous conditions in a laboratory.

Research Interests:

Mineral nucleation
Mineral synthesis
Fluid-solid interactions
Mineral magnetic properties
Organic chemistry


From September 2018 - Postdoctoral researcher in Interface Geochemistry group GFZ


2014 - 2018 PhD Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
(Thesis title: "A combined experimental and computational study of nanopaleomagnetic recorders in meteoritic metal")
2013 - 2014 MA Natural Sciences (Chemistry), University of Cambridge
(Project title: "The development of an asymmetric method for the synthesis of 1,3 diols using copper catalysis and iodonium salts")
2010 - 2013 BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

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