Research interests

The beauty of geochemistry (to me) is its versatility as a tool for studying large-scale processes on Earth and in the early Solar System. In my opinion, the core of this tool is formed by the development of new analytical methods and strategies in the lab, whereas the scientific disciplines to which these methods are applied are only constrained by the method's borders. Some of my favourite fields that I am chasing in the lab are:

  • Mass-independent isotope variations (O, S, Cr, Hf, W, Pt) in early solar system materials as tracers for the transport and processing of presolar dust and early solids in the protoplanetary disk

  • Triple O isotope variations in igneous and metamorphic rocks as tracers for impact contamination, planetary accretion, hydrothermal alteration and magma mixing processes

  • Interactions between the Archean atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere

  • Half-life determination of long-lived radionuclides (184Os, 190Pt) using natural materials

  • Amphibole compositions in igneous systems and H isotope fractionation during amphibole dehydration/dehydrogenation

The ultimate hardware toolkit for studying these fields consists of multi-collector ICP-MS, TIMS and gas source mass spectrometry, but also of optical microscopy, electron microprobe analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Education and professional career

  • 2019-present Von Humboldt research fellow at the University of California San Diego, department of chemistry, USA (Feodor Lynen fellowship)

  • 2016-2019 Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer, University of Göttingen (D), department of isotope geology (Akad. Rat auf Zeit, continuation of 2014 position)

  • 02-04-2016 Postdoctoral researcher, Uppsala University (S) – department of mineralogy and petrology (scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service)

  • 2014-2016 Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer, University of Göttingen, department of isotope geology (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit)

  • 2010-2014 PhD (Dr. rer. nat), University of Cologne (DE)

  • 2008-2010 MSc (Earth Sciences), VU University Amsterdam (NL)

  • 2004-2008 BSc (Earth Sciences), VU University Amsterdam (NL)

Teaching Activities in Academia

  • B.Geo.203 Isotopengeologie - Radiogene Isotope

  • B.Geo.110 Präsentieren in die Geowissenschaften

  • M.Geo.223 Kosmochemie

  • M.Geo.223 Kosmochemie (Practical training)

Student supervision
  • 8 BSc theses; 2 MSc theses; 1 PhD thesis

Grants and Awards

  • 2019 Feodor Lynen fellowship of the von Humboldt association

  • 2017 ABC/J Geoverbund award for outstanding early career geoscientists at the universities of Aachen, Bonn, Cologne or the Jülich research centre

  • 2016 DAAD scholarship for academic exchange between Uppsala and Göttingen Universities

  • 2016 Support from the state of lower Saxony to purchase and mount a Faraday amplifier with 1013 Ohm feedback resistor on a Triton thermal ionisation mass spectrometer

  • 2015 University of Göttingen start-up grant for postdoctoral researchers