Steffen Kümmel

Contact / Address


Phone +49 (0) 341 235 1360
Fax +49 (0) 341 235 1443

Department Isotope Biogeochemistry
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstraße 15,
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Steffen Kümmel

Curriculum Vitae

since 2016 PostDocat the UFZ, Department Isotope Biogeochemistry
2011 – 2016 PhD-Student at the UFZ, Department Isotope Biogeochemistry
2008 – 2010 Master of Science in Biochemistry; University of Leipzig, Germany
2005 – 2008 Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry; University of Leipzig, Germany


My main interest is the development of analytical methods for the analysis of stable isotopes in order to improve the understanding of chemicals’ fate in the environment. My research focuses on online stable isotope analysis using e.g. elemental analyzer (EA), gas chromatography (GC) or liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to conversion units and mass detectors, such as isotope-rato mass spectrometer (IRMS) and multi-collector ion coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICPMS).

Publications & other contributions

  • Bhattarai, S., Cassarini, C., Rene, E.R., Kümmel, S., Esposito, G., Lens, P.N.L., (2018):
    Enrichment of ANME‐2 dominated anaerobic methanotrophy from cold seep sediment in an external ultrafiltration membrane bioreactor
    Eng. Life Sci. 18 (6 ), 368 - 378
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  • Chevallier, M.L., Cooper, M., Kümmel, S., Barbance, A., Le Paslier, D., Richnow, H.H., Saaidi, P.-L., Adrian, L., (2018):
    Distinct carbon isotope fractionation signatures during biotic and abiotic reductive transformation of chlordecone
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 52 (6), 3615 - 3624
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  • Filippini, M., Nijenhuis, I., Kümmel, S., Chiarini, V., Crosta, G., Richnow, H.H., Gargini, A., (2018):
    Multi-element compound specific stable isotope analysis of chlorinated aliphatic contaminants derived from chlorinated pitches
    Sci. Total Environ. 640-641 , 153 - 162
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  • Franke, S., Kümmel, S., Nijenhuis, I., (2018):
    Liquid chromatography/isotope ratio mass spectrometry analysis of halogenated benzoates for characterization of the underlying degradation reaction in Thauera chlorobenzoica CB‐1T
    Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 32 (11), 906 - 912
    final draft (pdf)
  • Gehre, M., Renpenning, J., Geilmann, H., Qi, H., Coplen, T.B., Kümmel, S., Ivdra, N., Brand, W.A., Schimmelmann, A., (2017):
    Optimization of on-line hydrogen stable isotope ratiomeasurements of halogen- and sulfur-bearing organic compounds using elemental analyzer–chromium/high-temperature conversion isotope ratio mass spectrometry (EA-Cr/HTC-IRMS)
    Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 31 (6), 475 - 484
    final draft (pdf)
  • Hoth, N., Gniese, C., Rakoczy, J., Weber, A., Kümmel, S., Reichel, S., Freese, C., Hache, M., Kassahun, A., Schulz, A., Fischer, H., Mühling, M., Starke, R., Kahnt, R., Vogt, C., Richnow, H.-H., Krüger, M., Schippers, A., Schlömann, M., (2015):
    CO2BioPerm — influence of bio-geochemical CO2-transformation processes on the long-term permeability
    In: Liebscher, A., Münch, U., (eds.)
    Geological Storage of CO2 – Long Term Security Aspects. GEOTECHNOLOGIEN Science Report No. 22
    Advanced Technologies in Earth Sciences
    Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, p. 73 - 96
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  • Kümmel, S., Herbst, F.-A., Bahr, A., Duarte, M., Pieper, D.H., Jehmlich, N., Seifert, J., von Bergen, M., Bombach, P., Richnow, H.H., Vogt, C., (2015):
    Anaerobic naphthalene degradation by sulfate-reducing Desulfobacteraceae from various anoxic aquifers
    FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 91 (3), fiv006
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  • Kümmel, S., Kuntze, K., Vogt, C., Boll, M., Heider, J., Richnow, H.H., (2013):
    Evidence for benzylsuccinate synthase subtypes obtained by using stable isotope tools
    J. Bacteriol. 195 (20), 4660 - 4667
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  • Kümmel, S., Starke, R., Chen, G., Musat, F., Richnow, H.H., Vogt, C., (2016):
    Hydrogen isotope fractionation as a tool to identify aerobic and anaerobic PAH biodegradation
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 50 (6), 3091 - 3100
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  • Liu, J., Wu, L., Kümmel, S., Yao, J., Schaefer, T., Herrmann, H., Richnow, H.-H., (2018):
    Carbon and hydrogen stable isotope analysis for characterizing the chemical degradation of tributyl phosphate
    Chemosphere 212 , 133 - 142
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  • Löffler, M., Kümmel, S., Vogt, C., Richnow, H.-H., (2019):
    H2 kinetic isotope fractionation superimposed by equilibrium isotope fractionation during hydrogenase activity of D. vulgaris strain Miyazaki
    Front. Microbiol. 10 , art. 1545
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  • Morris, B.E.L., Gissibl, A., Kümmel, S., Richnow, H.-H., Boll, M., (2014):
    A PCR-based assay for the detection of anaerobic naphthalene degradation
    FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 354 (1), 55 - 59
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  • Nijenhuis, I., Renpenning, J., Kümmel, S., Richnow, H.H., Gehre, M., (2016):
    Recent advances in multi-element compound-specific stable isotope analysis of organohalides: Achievements, challenges and prospects for assessing environmental sources and transformation
    Trends Environ. Anal. Chem. 11 , 1 - 8
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  • Sousa, D.Z., Visser, M., van Gelder, A.H., Boeren, S., Pieterse, M.M., Pinkse, M.W.H., Verhaert, P.D.E.M., Vogt, C., Franke, S., Kümmel, S., Stams, A.J.M., (2018):
    The deep-subsurface sulfate reducer Desulfotomaculum kuznetsovii employs two methanol-degrading pathways
    Nat. Commun. 9 , art. 239
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  • Stryhanyuk, H., Calabrese, F., Kümmel, S., Musat, F., Richnow, H.-H., Musat, N., (2018):
    Calculation of single cell assimilation rates from SIP-nanoSIMS-derived isotope ratios: a comprehensive approach
    Front. Microbiol. 9 , art. 2342
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  • Torgonskaya, M.L., Zyakun, A.M., Trotsenko, Y.A., Laurinavichius, K.S., Kümmel, S., Vuilleumier, S., Richnow, H.H., (2019):
    Individual stages of bacterial dichloromethane degradation mapped by stable carbon and chlorine isotope analysis
    J. Environ. Sci. 78 , 147 - 160
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  • Winkler, P., Kaiser, K., Jahn, R., Mikutta, R., Fiedler, S., Cerli, C., Kölbl, A., Schulz, S., Jankowska, M., Schloter, M., Müller-Niggemann, C., Schwark, L., Woche, S.K., Kümmel, S., Utami, S.R., Kalbitz, K., (2019):
    Tracing organic carbon and microbial community structure in mineralogically different soils exposed to redox fluctuations
    Biogeochemistry 143 (1), 31 - 54
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  • Wu, L., Kümmel, S., Richnow, H.H., (2017):
    Validation of GC–IRMS techniques for δ13C and δ2H CSIA of organophosphorus compounds and their potential for studying the mode of hydrolysis in the environment
    Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 409 (10), 2581 - 2590
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