Märten, Arno

Dr. rer. nat.

Telephone: +49 3641 / 948618

E-Mail: arno.maerten@uni-jena.de

Date of birth: 10.12.1988

Place of birth: Halle (Saale), Germany

University education

July 2017

PhD (Dr. rer. nat.)

Title of thesis: "The influence of birch vegetation on the metal availability in mining affected substrate and mycorrhiza-supported tree metal tolerance. An attempt of a holistic view on the system substrate-fungi-tree"

April 2013 – June 2017

PhD-student at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität (FSU) in Jena
Institute of Geosciences
Chair of applied Geology
(supervisors: Prof. Georg Büchel, Prof Erika Kothe, Dr. Dirk Merten)

Title of the PhD-project: "How do microbes influence the bioavailability of metals. A bioremediation study"

October 2010 – November 2012 Master’s degree
in Bio-Geo-Sciences at the FSU Jena
October 2007 – July 2010 Bachelor’s degree
in Bio-Geo-Sciences at the FSU Jena

Responsibilities in the workgroup

  • Laser ablation specialist
  • teaching of practical laboratory courses
  • collaboration in the BMBF-funded projects USER and TRANSLARA

Field of work/interests

My field of work is the application of laser ablation coupled to ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS) as analytical technique to analyze and visualize elemental distribution patterns in various solid samples. Due to the low effort in sample preparation, the possibility of fast, spatially resolved multi-elemental analysis, and the low detection limits for trace elements LA-ICP-MS is a powerful tool for mapping (trace) elements in geological and biological samples as well as technical materials. Since environmental contaminations caused by e.g. metal mining or the nuclear fuel cycle can severely affect soil, water, and organisms there is a need to  estimate the risk potential of those pollutants for the biosphere. LA-ICP-MS, as a fast and sensitive method for mapping contaminants like toxic metals in solid samples, can be applied to estimate the (bio-)accessibility and translocation of those harmful elements in the environment.