Merten, Dirk


Head of the Hydrochemical Lab

Address: Burgweg 11, 07749 Jena, Raum H118

Telephone: +49 3641 / 948616


Curriculum vitae

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 

Diploma examination 

01/95 – 08/95 

Diploma thesis (translated from German):
"Modelling and experimental verification of the evaporation behaviour
of refractory particles for ICP-OES with pneumatic nebulization of suspensions"

08/95  Grade: Dipl.-Chem. 
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.

Stay abroad

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

Academic teaching

Bio-Geo-Colloquium (WS and SS), in English

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

Methods applied in hydrogeochemistry (WS), in German

Isotope methods in Hydrogeology (WS), in German

Bio-Geo-Interactions 1 (Part 2) , in German


Rare earth elements as tools for process studies in various environmental compartments

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.