EAG Short Course: Environmental Biogeochemistry

Advanced Tools in Environmental Biogeochemistry – Opportunities and Limitations

Read the report on the short course

Sunday 7 – Thursday 11 August 2011
University of Tuebingen, Germany
(just before the Goldschmidt 2011 conference,
14-19 August in Prague, Czech Republic)

Contact: Andreas Kappler

Price: 250 Euros including food and accomodation

Scientific program:
The 4-day workshop presents and discusses the application of several spectroscopic and microscopic techniques in environmental biogeochemistry.
The presentations cover the background and principles of these techniques as well as applications from the fields of biogeochemistry,environmental chemistry and geomicrobiology. The focus is in particular on organic matter- and microbe-mineral interactions (with special emphasis on iron oxides), soils and sediments, toxic metals (e.g. As, Cu) and organic contaminants.

Topics covered include:
Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM)
Synchrotron-based X-ray absorption techniques (e.g., XANES, EXAFS)
Moessbauer spectroscopy – Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) in combination with Focused Ion Beam (FIB)

Target group:
The 4-day workshop is aimed at PhD students and postdocs with a strong background and interest in biogeochemical processes (maximum number of participants is 20). The presentations are held in English and are given by leading experts in the fields.

This course is organized by Andreas Kappler (University of Tuebingen), Thomas Borch (Colorado State University, USA) and Ruben Kretzschmar (ETH Zürich).

It is co-sponsored by the European Association of Geochemistry, the Research Network Program of the European Science Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

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