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The Laboratory for Soil Biogeochemistry uses state-of-the-art equipment and offers following analytical techniques:

 

Analyses of macroelements

 

Analyses of microelements

 

Element speciation

 

Stable isotope analyses

 

A selection of our analytical possibilities is presented on the poster. The detailed list of available instruments can be found in the thematically sorted tabs.

If you would like to analyse samples in our laboratory or to use our facilities, please contact the Head of Laboratory.


  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES)
  • Continuous Flow Analyzer (CFA)
  • TOC & TN Elemental Analyzer
  • S & Cl Elemental Analyzer
  • CNS Elemental Analyzer
  • CHNOS Elemental Analyzer
  • Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (F-AAS) with flow injection and Hg-system
  • UV-VIS-Photometer
  • Kjeldahl destillation apparatus
  • Ion selective electrodes (ISE) and handeheld devices for pH, Eh, Cl-, O2
  • Conductivity measuring devices
  • Scheibler instruments
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)
  • Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (GF-AAS)
  • Gas Chromatograph - Flame Ionisation Detector (GC-FID)
  • Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)
  • S & Cl Elemental Analyzer
  • TOC & TN Analyzer - Isotope-ratio mass spectrometer (TOC-IRMS)
  • CHNOS Analyzer - Isotope-ratio mass sptectrometer (TC/EA-IRMS)
  • Gas chromatograph - Isotope-ratio mass spectrometer (GC-IRMS)
  • Precon - TraceGC - Isotope-ratio mass spectrometer (Trace-IRMS)
  • Multicollector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICP-MS)
  • Sieving machines
  • Köhn apparatus fpr particle size determinations
  • Sandbox for measuring soil water potential in pF-range < 1,8
  • Pressure plate extractors for measuring soil water potential in pF-range1,8 - 4,2
  • ICW-Permeameter for measuring saturated hydraulic conductivity in soils
  • Knife mill
  • Ball mill
  • Planetary ball mill (with 4 grinding stations)
  • Sieving machines
  • Microwave ovens
  • Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE) with 24 positions
  • Rotary evaporator
  • Vacuum manifold for 24 columns/cartridges
  • Block digestion units (HNO3/HCl, Kjehldahl)
  • Ultrasonic baths
  • Centrifuges (up to 4 x 1000 mL)
  • Ultrapure water systems
  • Hot plates
  • Magnetic stirrers (with and without heating)
  • Sand baths
  • Water baths
  • Muffle furnaces
  • Drying ovens
  • Titrators
  • Glassware
  • Analytical balances
  • Microbalances
  • Laboratory balances
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Freezing room (to -30 °C)
  • Horizontal and vertical shakers
  • Test tube shakers
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Filtering devices
  • Climate chamber with light control
  • Glove box
  • Vapor equilibration device
  • Vacuum resin infusion system
  • Microscopes
  • Circular diamond saw
  • Lapping machine
  • Thickness gauge for thin section samples