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Short Course: Metal stable isotopes as fingerprints in the Earth and the environment (GK)

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GFZ Potsdam

Instructors: Prof. Dr. F. von Blanckenburg, Dr. Daniel Frick, Dr. Michael Henehan

Date: 16 – 21 September 2019

Place: Section 3.3 „Earth Surface Geochemistry“, GFZ Potsdam, Telegrafenberg, Haus E, Raum E 209

Start: 16 September 2019, 9:00 

Topics: We explore the so-called „non-traditional“ stable isotopes, of which the minor shifts by isotope fractionation have been made detectable by multicollector ICP-mass spectrometry. These are for example the elements lithium, magnesium, silicon, calcium or iron. We will address the following topics:

  • Why do isotopes shift their relative abundances? Principles of mass-dependent isotope fractionation. Isotope fractionation during precipitation, mineral dissolution, weathering, uptake by higher plants, biomedical applications, the hydrosphere, and paleo-climate. Basics of MC-ICP-mass spectrometry: sample preparation, ionisation, ion optics and mass separation, detection systems, data evaluation

Prerequisites: BSc in Geosciences, Chemistry, or Physics. Basics in analytical chemistry, basics of stable isotopes geochemistry, good knowledge of fundamental math and physics.
Entry exam to check prerequisite level takes place on 17 June, 16:00 at GFZ, E209

Course language: English

Short entry exam: (For FU students) 17. June at GFZ Potsdam, 16:00, E209

Participants: about 10

Registration: until 1 June at our GFZ office, Mrs. Dettlaff:

FU students please also enrol online in FU “Campusmanagement” at the beginning of the Sommersemester.

Further information : Friedhelm von Blanckenburg:

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