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: laura.neira∂kit.edu,
|The Chair for 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.
Geochemistry & Economic Geology Seminar Series, Tuesday 16:00
Anhand von Höhlentropfsteinen rekonstruieren Forschende regionale und globale Klimageschichte – Isotopenzusammensetzung gibt Aufschluss über jahreszeitliche Niederschlagsmengen.KIT News
Beiträge des SWR und 3sat über Grundwasser, Biodiversität für den Trinkwasserschutz und das Citizen Science ProjektZu den Beiträgen
On July 6, the panel discussion "Karlsruher Umweltimpulse" with Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb and other guests took place in the Triangel as part of the Knowledge Week Environment and Resources with the topic "Circular Economy, Raw Materials and Ethics".To the article
Victor Moritz Goldschmidt Prize for Dr. Benjamin Walter and SGA Young Scientist Award for Dr. Clifford Patten
Beitrag mit Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb im Deutschlandfunk "Forschung aktuell" über die Gewinnung und Herausforderungen der LithiumförderungZum Radiobeitrag (4:35 min)
Local energy company Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) is working with researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to develop a process to extract tonnes of battery-grade lithium from the hot, salty water that powers the Bruchsal plant. If their project succeeds, it could produce Europe’s cleanest supply of lithium.The Parliament Article
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Environment Minister Thekla Walker visit the lithium pilot plant in Bruchsal. Also present are Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb and EnBW.Zu BNN.de
Prof. Jörg Schäfer (University of Bordeaux) will give a course focusing on transport and reactivity of trace elements in estuaries (example Gironde and its tributaries) on the 05th and 06th of July 2023 in the framework of the ERASMUS lecturer exchange. Please register via ILIAS. More information can be found here.
An article in the Wiener Zeitung with Prof. Dr. Jochen KolbZum Artikel
ResOpt is concerned with optimizing the combustion properties of biogenic residual and waste materials. The aim is to understand the formation mechanisms of deposits, to reduce their quantity and thus to increase the energy efficiency of biomass power plants.Zum Projekt
Most batteries and rechargeable batteries today contain lithium. In nature, this light metal only occurs in bound form, so it has to be dissolved in a complex process. This is not always done in an environmentally friendly way. Now a company wants to extract lithium in Germany as well - from Europe's largest groundwater reservoir.Zum Video (5:51 min)
Interviews with Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb on the latest discovery of a rare earth deposit in Sweden:
An e-car without Chinese supplies? Completely unthinkable at present. Germany and Europe are trying to become less dependent on Chinese raw materials. But that is not so easy.
An article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung with Prof. Dr. Jochen KolbDownload Article ( GER, 0.7 MB)
Professor Jochen Kolb explains the pilot plant for lithium extraction on the site of the geothermal power plant in Bruchsal to Minister President Winfried Kretschmann and Environment Minister Thekla Walker.BNN News
Elena Kubiak was awarded the Arcardis Prize 2022 for her MSc thesis on "Environmental impact of historical mercury mining at the Stahlberg (Rhineland-Palatinate)".
Dr. Teba Gil-Díaz has been awarded the YIG Prep Pro Fellow at KIT, financing her own post-doctoral research project for the next two years in the area of environmental dispersion of trace elements in aquatic systems.
Kölbel, L.; Slunitschek, K.; Kaymakci, E.; Kölbel, T.; Reich, R.; Schneider, J.
2024. Hydrometallurgy, 224, Art.-Nr.: 106266. doi:10.1016/j.hydromet.2024.106266
Walter, B. F.; Giebel, R. J.; Arthuzzi, J. C. L.; Kemmler, L.; Kolb, J.
2024. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 210, Article no: 105154. doi:10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2023.105154
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