German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)

The Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen (HMGU) is a research institution within the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organisation in Germany. The mission of HMGU is to contribute to solving the grand challenges in the field of Environmental Health which face society, science and industry. Within HMGU, the Institute of Groundwater Ecology (IGÖ) focuses on the processes of self-cleaning in groundwater, in particular through microbial processes. Central topics include the anaerobic degradation of benzene and naphthalene.
Main tasks in the project

  • Determination of carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionation during PAH degradation (WP2)
  • Measurement of carbon and hydrogen isotope ratios at an oil spill site using passive samplers (WP8)
Martin Elsner - Contact this person by email

PD Dr. Martin Elsner is chemist by training, with specialization in environmental analytical chemistry and environmental sciences. He leads the independent research group “Environmental Isotope Chemistry” at IGÖ, HMGU. He is interested in the transformation chemistry of organic pollutants in the environment. His research group spearheads innovative GC- and HPLC-based methods for selective and sensitive isotope analysis of single organic compounds at natural isotope abundance. His work could link changes in compound-specific isotope values to underlying reaction mechanisms, and enabled elucidation of transformation mechanisms down to the enzyme level.

Armin H. Meyer - Contact this person by email

Dr. Armin H. Meyer did his diploma in Geoecology and his PhD in Enviromental Isotope Chemistry. For two years he has worked for the Isodetect GmbH, which carries out isotopic monitoring of environmental bioremediation. At the moment he is postdoctoral researcher and laboratory manager focusing on the use and development of new methods for compound specific stable isotope analysis of micropollutants in the environment.