Organohalide Geomicrobiology

Organohalide Geomicrobiology Group Photo

Team leader: Ivonne Nijenhuis
personal website Ivonne Nijenhuis

Phone +49 (0) 341 235 1356

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Permoserstrasse 15, 04318 Leipzig Unit Location Plan

We investigate the anaerobic microbial transformation of halogenated organic contaminants in contaminated aquifers and at surface-groundwater interfaces. We investigate the interactions of the microbiology with the environment, develop new approaches using compound specific stable isotope analysis for the in situ assessment of biodegradation and for the understanding of the reaction mechanisms.

Team members

PhD Students:

Jan Birkigt (SAB)
Yaqing Liu (CSC)
Angela Woods (CSI:ENVIRONMENT); external
Marlen Pörtitz (Associated, University Halle); external

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Imran Khan (Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship)

Laboratory assistant

Florian Tschernikl

Guests/Undergraduate Students/Apprentice/HiWi: 

Paul-Georg Richter (apprentice)

Stephan Krantz (apprentice)

Sushmita Deb (MSc student Uni Giessen)


Danuta Cichocka FHNW Basel
Marie Markantonis (Schmidt) University Milan
Safdar Bashir University of Agriculture Faisalabad
Sara Herrero Martin ZALF Müncheberg
Kevin Kuntze Isodetect
Julian Renpenning ISOBIO UFZ

Steffi Franke

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