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Max Planck Institut for Biogeochemistry

Chemical Routine Measurements and Analysis (RoMA)

Ines Hilke

Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6503
Fax: +49 (0)3641 57 - 7503

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Providing analytical primary data for our scientists, with a focus on carbon and nitrogen determination in environmental samples

Research in biogeochemical cycles and processes involves the investigation of chemical elements and their compounds as well as the calculation of elemental budgets in different ecosystem compartments. To quantify fractions of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, sulfur, phosphorus and other elements in liquid and solid materials, scientists cooperate closely with our analytical chemistry laboratory Routine Measurements & Analyses (RoMA)

Easy-to-understand fact sheet of the lab (pdf)

Our services include

  • Determination of carbon and nitrogen contents in a large variety of samples
  • Development and testing of new analytical methods
  • Analysis of hydrogen and sulfur contents in sediments, soils, and organics
  • Analysis of soluble ions using ion chromatography and continuous flow analysis

Major equipment

  • Elemental Analysis: varioEL II, VarioMax, CS500
  • Sum Parameter: high TOC, TN-100, vario TOC cube
  • Continuous Flow Analysis. SAN plus
  • Ion Chromatography: DX 500, ICS-5000

Thermo Fisher ICS-5000 Ion Chromatography System (photo:Silvana Schott) Skalar San++ Continuous Flow Analyzer (photo:Silvana Schott) Preparing samples for measurement (photo:Silvana Schott) Heraeus Instruments Muffle Furnace (photo:Silvana Schott) Elementar vario MAX Elemental Analysis System (photo:Silvana Schott)
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