Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
|2014 - 2017||
M. Sc. Geosciences
University of Tübingen
|2011 - 2014||
Technical University Munich and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
PhD ProjectMy PhD project is part of the ANGUS II project, which investigates the subsurface for energy storage. In the power-to-gas approach, gases such as hydrogen and methane are stored underground and only pumped up to produce power when needed. In this context, I research hydrogen oxidation by microorganisms, which would lower the effectiveness of the system.
I am interested in the enzyme responsible for hydrogen oxidation, which is called hydrogenase. This enzyme can catalyse the reversible reaction H2 <-> 2e- + 2H+ as means to gain energy. During this reaction an isotopic fractionation takes place, as the enzyme usually favours the light isotope. The H-ions generated in this process can exchange with water - leading to isotopically heavier water over time. This enrichment of water might be a basis for monitoring the subsurface storage.
ASI2019 (presentation award, 2nd place)
ASI2018 (award for best poster)
M.Sc. thesis: “Natural and anthropogenic influences on the microbial community composition of the river Ammer (Tuebingen, Germany).” University of Tübingen, Germany (January 2017)
B.Sc. thesis: "Structural Analysis of the Contact between the Plattenkalk and the Phyllite-Quartzite Unit (Talea Ori, Crete)" Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2014)