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Dr. Michael Wiedenbeck

Dr. Michael Wiedenbeck
Haus F, Raum 228 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

Head of Potsdam SIMS Facility:
  • Long-term lab planning and instrument development
  • Planning and scheduling of SIMS access
  • Developing new geochemical analytical methods and applications
  • Characterization of new quality control and reference materials
  • Teaching PhD level annual short course on SIMS
  • Leading the global remote SIMS network initiative

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

My main interest is developing new microanalytical applications in order to solve questions in geochemistry, paleontology and environmental research and to advance data quality in these fields through improved metrology.  I have led the Potsdam SIMS user facility in pursuing a number of globally unique initiatives, including the establishment of a world-wide network for access to our instrument using remote SIMS technology -- currently being developed here in Potsdam.  Another focus of the Potsdam facility is improving SIMS technology by working closely with industry and the end user.  The Potsdam SIMS user base spans the entire planet, and this fits well with my desire to support the "internationalization" of science.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques - CNRS, Nancy, France; July 1991 - September 1992
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India; October 1992 - March 1995
  • Laboratory Assistant: University of Michigan, USA; May 1995 - August 1995
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA; August 1995 - April 1996
  • Research Scientist / Laboratory Manager: Institute of Meteoritics, University of New Mexico, USA; May 1996 - November 1998
  • Senior Scientist / Head of SIMS Group: Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany; December 1998 - present

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

  • BS (high honors): Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • Diploma: Earth Sciences (Crystallography and Petrography), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Z), Zurich, Switzerland
  • PhD: Earth Sciences (Isotope Geochemistry), the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:



Honorary Professor: Department of Geology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


Active Measurement Device, in Particular Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (DE102005042809)

Method and Devices for Mass Selective Transport of Ions (DE102005021836)

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