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Olaf Kolle

Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6555
Fax: +49 (0)3641 57 - 7553

Mechanic workshop
Electronic workshop

Planning, development and construction for research

The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry has two modern in-house workshops for mechanics and electronics.
In close dialogue with the scientists, individual parts, entire assemblies and experimental set-ups are planned and built in the workshops, either as custom-made products or as modified versions of commercially available instruments and devices. The service also includes their installation, maintenance and repair.

With their many years of expertise, the staff of the workshops contributes to the implementation of numerous research projects (selection):

  • 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


Frank Voigt
Meister & head mechanic workshop
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6766
Fax: +49 (0)3641 57 - 7776
Email: fvoigt[at]

Bernd Schlöffel
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6761
Email: bschloff [at]

Reimo Leppert
Electronics technician
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6753
Email: rleppert[at]

Martin Strube
Mechatronics technician
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 - 6755
Email: mstrube[at]

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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