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Frank Voigt
Head of mechanic workshop

Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6766
Fax: +49 (0)3641 57 - 7776


Harald Schmalwasser
Head of electronic workshop

Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6776
Fax: +49 (0)3641 57 - 7776


Construction and repair for science and infrastructure

The mechanical and electrical workshops are headed by Olaf Kolle and thus combine their expertise with members of the Field Experiments group. The workshops support our scientists with the construction and installation of custom-tailored experimental devices and set-ups, the repair of machines and devices, and the installation of measuring containers and stations.

Participation in selected larger projects

  • Experiments: biodiversity exploratories, aircraft measurements, growth chambers for isotopic labelling of plant material, QUASOM, Shadow-roofs for trees, drought stress experiment for trees.
  • Measuring instruments: Picarro (IAGOS), Soil respiration chambers (QUASOM), Dendrometer (IMECC), 14C (ACES/UGCS), Light sensor, sampler prototype, tree respiration chambers, climate regulation measuring gas.
  • Measuring containers and towers: Namibia, Zotino Tall Tower (ZOTTO), Cap Verde, FTIR container
  • Measuring stations: Cap Verde, Zotino Tall Tower (ZOTTO), Hainich

Automatic trace gas collector, hood with feedforward control (photo: Martin Strube) Pump case for soil air extraction (photo: Mike Schmidt) Kryo focus device for measuring methane isotopes (photo: Frank Voigt) Sample carousel for air sampling (photo: Frank Voigt) Apparatus for soil sampling (photo: Bernd Schlöffel)
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