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,
phone: +49 721 608-44268

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.


Discovery of "rare earths" in Sweden

Interviews with Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb on the latest discovery of a rare earth deposit in Sweden:

NDR (5:53): "Mining takes time".

SRF (7:01): What is the significance of the find?

SWR (4:31): Opportunity for environmental protection and less dependence on China.

Nothing works without China

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 Kolb

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Kretschmann, Lithium, Jochen Kolb, Bruchsal
Winfried Kretschmann and Thekla Walker on tour of energy transition construction sites in Bruchsal and Philippsburg

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.

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Arcadis Preis 2022, Elena Kubiack
2022 Arcardis Prize for Elena Kubiak

Elena Kubiak was awarded the Arcardis Prize 2022 for her MSc thesis on "Environmental impact of historical mercury mining at the Stahlberg (Rhineland-Palatinate)".

YIG Prep Pro Fellowship 2022

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.

Holz PhD
Majken Djurhus Poulsen (19.05., Copenhagen University) and Philipp Holz (20.5., BGU, KIT) successfully defended their PhD theses.

We congratulate Majken and Philipp and wish them all the best for their future. Majken is the first native Greenlandic female holding a PhD in geology.

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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Latest Publications

Constraints for precise and accurate fluid inclusion stable isotope analysis using water-vapour saturated CRDS techniques
Weissbach, T.; Kluge, T.; Affolter, S.; Leuenberger, M. C.; Vonhof, H.; Riechelmann, D. F. C.; Fohlmeister, J.; Juhl, M.-C.; Hemmer, B.; Wu, Y.; Warken, S. F.; Schmidt, M.; Frank, N.; Aeschbach, W.
2023. Chemical Geology, 617, Art.-Nr.: 121268. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2022.121268
Geological processes defining the formation of plumasite-type corundum in the Paleoproterozoic Isertoq Terrane, South-East Greenland
Poulsen, M. D.; Keulen, N.; van Hinsberg, V. J.; Kolb, J.; Frei, R.; Thomsen, T. B.
2023. Precambrian Research, 385, Art.-Nr.: 106940. doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2022.106940



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