Research Group

Organic Geochemistry

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Hinrichs


1994 Diploma Degree: Major in Chemistry; Thesis in Organic Geochemistry, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Germany; 1997 Ph.D. thesis in Organic Geochemistry, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Employments:
1997 Department of Geosciences, University of Bremen, Germany
1997-2002 Department of Geology and Geophysics,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA

Professor at the University of Bremen since 2002

Fields of research:
Biogeochemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Biomarker Research, Geobiology, Microbial Ecology, Paleoenvironmental Research


The Organic Geochemistry group is utilizing the information encoded in specific organic molecules (molecular biomarkers) to study geoscientific problems in various disciplines ranging from biogeochemistry and geobiology to microbiology. The overarching objective of our research is to further our understanding of the interactions between biosphere and environment, both at present and in the past. The problems studied require an interdisciplinary approach. This is reflected in the composition of the research group, consisting of closely collaborating biologists, chemists, and geologists.


Working Area

Organic molecules extracted from: - sediments and rocks as archives of information on - paleoenvironmental conditions - biogeochemical processes - extreme environments such as deeply buried sediments, methane seeps and hydrothermal vents as indicators for - processes mediated by microorganisms - conditions present on early Earth and other planets


Methods

Ultra trace analysis of complex mixtures of organic molecules: gas and liquid chromatographic techniques to separate mixtures of organic molecules; gas and liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry to determine their structures and compound-specific stable isotopic ratios; specific extraction and separation techniques.


Contact

Telefon +49 421 218 - 65700
khinrichs@uni-bremen.de
http://www.marum.de/en/HinrichsLab_Home.html