Dr. Dirk Merten, born on 29. January 1969 in Lünen
Studies of Chemistry
10/89 – 11/94
Studies of Chemistry at the University of Dortmund
10/94 – 11/94
01/95 – 08/95
Diploma thesis (translated from German):
|09/95 – 12/98|| PhD in the group Analytical Chemistry (translated from German):|
"Development of direct and coupled methods for the analysis of ZrO2
based ceramic powders using fast sequential atomic emission spectrometry with the inductively coupled plasma."
|12/98||Grade: Dr. rer. nat.|
|07/97 – 08/97||at ISA Jobin Yvon in France, funded by the LEONARDO-Project oft he European Union|
|since 07/99||Responsible for the ICP-MS system at the Institute of Geosciences at the Friedrich Schiller university Jena|
|since 11/03||Head of the Hydrogeochemical lab at the Institute of Geosciences at the Friedrich Schiller university Jena|
In a weekly lecture series lecturers report on their research on the manifold interactions in the systems atmosphere, plant, soil, and groundwater. The lecture series is focused on the spatially and temporally extremely diverse microbiological, molecular genetic, geological, hydrogeochemical, mineralogical, pedological, and geoecological mechanisms transport and impact of substances in the environment rely on.
The current program can be found here
Schedule: during the lecture period, Tuesday, 5.15 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lecture Hall, Wöllnitzer Str. 7
After normalization to suitable standards such as Post Archean Australian Shale Rare earth elements (REE: La- Lu) can be applied to study processes such as dissolution, co(preciptation), sorption in the system water, soil, rock, and biota. A list of publications on these topics may be found here.
However, the application of REE for process studies relies on high qualitative analytical data. Typically, concentrations of REE in the environment are rather low while matrix elements are often highly concentrated thus impeding analytical measurements. For this reason methods for matrix separation/enrichment of REE from the water phase and for the interfrence free determination of REE are developed (further). Publications on this topic can be found here.
A further research topic is the microbial impact on geochemical processes.