Welcome to the department of Geochemistry & Economic Geology

Prof. Dr Jochen Kolb


Consultation-hour and individual course guidance (lecture period): Thursday 1-2 pm or on appointment: andrea friedrich does-not-exist.kit edu, phone: +49 721 608-44268

The department of Geochemistry and Economic Geology deals with the cycle of elements in the earth and its atmosphere. Inspired by this definition three research groups with the focus on different aspects were formed

Our well equipped laboratory forms the basis of our work.

We develop by our research innovative technological solutions for the societal challenges like change to low-carbon energy and mobility systems, global welfare and resilient adaption to as well as reduction of anthropogenic climate change. We focus on sustainable access to raw materials and protection of our environment.


Clifford Patten
Deep Dive Seminar at Ore Deposit Hub

Dr. Clifford Patten presented the research outcome carried out at AGW, KIT on ultramafic-hosted volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits.

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Gastkurs zu Stoffflüssen in der Umwelt

Prof. Jörg Schäfer (Universität Bordeaux) wird am 28.04.2022 im Rahmen des ERASMUS Dozentanaustauschs einen Kurs mit dem Fokus auf Transport und Reaktivität von Spurenelemente in Ästuaren (Beispiel Gironde und ihre Zuflüsse) halten. Anmeldung bitte über ILIAS. Nähere Infos finden Sie hier.

Lithium aus Deutschland

Fernsehbeiträge in ZDF - Terra X, hr-fernsehen und 3sat - Unser Beitrag zur umweltfreundlichen und kostengünstigen Lithiumgewinnung in Deutschland

Faculty Teaching Award 2022

Dr. Elisabeth Eiche will be awarded the 2022 Faculty Teaching Award for outstanding interdisciplinary teaching in the area of "Geoecology, especially Environmental Analysis and Applied Geosciences."

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Study and fieldwork under corona conditions

Students of the Environmental Mineralogy Exercises doing field work under corona conditions are selected for the cover of the latest Bulletin of the International Union of Soil Sciences

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Measuring the heat situation in the inner city of Thessaloniki, Greece

Cooperation between KIT and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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Carbonate standards
Carbonate Standards Ensure Better Paleothermometers

A comunity effort improves the carbonate clumped-isotope thermometer and drives its wider application

AGU Journal EOS
Saft für E-Auto-Akkus aus dem Oberrhein-Graben?

Podcast mit Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb in SWR - AKTUELL

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Radio report: Lithium from Germany

Europe's largest lithium deposit lies under the Rhine. Prof. Jochen Kolb knows where lithium can be found in Germany and what opportunities it offers.

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Dr. Betsi
Research fellowship for Prof. Dr. Thierry Olivier Bineli Betsi from Botswana

Genesis of orogenic gold deposits: Insights from the Tati Greenstone Belt of eastern Botswana


Ein Film im Rahmen des Stadtökologischen Praktikums am KIT

Zum Film (32:44 Minuten)

Interview mit Prof. Dr. Stefan Norra, Dr. Nicolas Börsig und M.Sc. Jonas Bauer.

Wir unterstützen Vietnam mit dem ViWaT Mekong Projekt

Zum Interview (4:40 Minuten)

Latest Publications

Preface to the thematic issue on mineral systems of West Africa
Thébaud, N.; Eglinger, A.; André-Mayer, A.-S.; Kolb, J.
2022. Mineralium Deposita. doi:10.1007/s00126-022-01100-8
The Kieshöhe carbonatites of southwestern Namibia – the post-magmatic role of silicate xenoliths on REE mobilisation [in press]
Walter, B. F.; Giebel, R. J.; Marlow, A. G.; Siegfried, P. R.; Marks, M.; Markl, G.; Palmer, M.; Kolb, J.
2022. Communications of the Geological Survey Namibia, 25, 1–31



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