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.

News

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Dripstones as building blocks for climate research

Short film about the analysis of stalactites in Eberstadt near Buchen

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Geotherm, KIT-AGW, Lithium
Geotherm 2024

A guest at Europe's largest geothermal trade fair in Offenburg - lithium research also met with great interest here.

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KIT Tropfstein
Tropfsteinhöhle als Klimaarchiv

Anhand von Höhlentropfsteinen rekonstruieren Forschende regionale und globale Klimageschichte – Isotopenzusammensetzung gibt Aufschluss über jahreszeitliche Niederschlagsmengen.

KIT-Pressemitteilung
SWR-Aktuell
Deutschlandfunk Nova

KIT News
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BioWaWi im Fernsehen

Beiträge des SWR und 3sat über Grundwasser, Biodiversität für den Trinkwasserschutz und das Citizen Science Projekt

Zu den Beiträgen
Karlsruher Umweltimpulse
Karlsruhe environmental impulses

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".

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SGA-Young Scientist Award
Prizes for our young scientists

Victor Moritz Goldschmidt Prize for Dr. Benjamin Walter and SGA Young Scientist Award for Dr. Clifford Patten


Lithium, Nevada, Jochen Kolb
Noch mehr Lithium: Riesige Lagerstätte in Nevada entdeckt

Beitrag mit Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb im Deutschlandfunk "Forschung aktuell" über die Gewinnung und Herausforderungen der Lithiumförderung

Zum Radiobeitrag (4:35 min)
Lithium, The Parliament, KIT, Jochen Kolb, Bruchsal
Article in "The Parliament" - Europe's quest for home-grown lithium

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
BNN, Bruchsal, Lithium, Baerbock
Baerbock visits pilot plant for lithium in Bruchsal

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.

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Prof. Dr. Jörg SchäferProf. Dr. Jörg Schäfer
Guest course on material flows in the environment

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.

Lithium
Lithium - The battle for the white gold

An article in the Wiener Zeitung with Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb

Zum Artikel
ResOpt
New project ResOpt launched

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
Jochen Kolb, KIT AGW, Lithium, E-Autos
Lithium for e-cars from thermal water

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)
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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.

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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.

BNN News
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)".

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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.

New Papers


Petrogenesis and geodynamic setting of the Bingo alkaline-carbonatite complex, DRC: Constraints from petrography, geochemistry, C-O isotopes and U-Pb geochronology
Kasay, G. M.; Borst, A. M.; Giebel, J. R.; Bolarinwa, A. T.; Beranoaguirre, A.; Kluge, T.; Aromolaran, O. K.; Raza, M.; Eiche, E.; Kolb, J.; Nzolang, C.; Walter, B. F.
2024. Precambrian Research, 408, Art.-Nr.: 107421. doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2024.107421
Bimodal volcanism in the Hegau region (SW Germany): Differentiation of primitive melilititic to nephelinitic rocks produces evolved nosean phonolites
Binder, T.; Marks, M. A. W.; Friedrichsen, B.-E.; Walter, B. F.; Wenzel, T.; Markl, G.
2024. Lithos, 472-473, Art.-Nr.: 107565. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2024.107565
Fabric and Fluid Inclusions Characterization of a Stalagmite from Eastern Spain: A Precondition for Noble Gas Analysis by Step-Crushing Methodology
Lopez-Elorza, M.; Weißbach, T.; Muñoz-García, M. B.; Kluge, T.; Aeschbach, W.; Martín-Chivelet, J.
2024. Minerals, 14 (3), Art.-Nr. 267. doi:10.3390/min14030267

 

 

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