In our research on Environmental Nanomaterials and biomineralization we study the abiotic and microbial formation of iron minerals. We explore the fundamental properties of iron (bio-)mineral nanoparticles which are formed through iron oxidation and iron reduction. We use a combination of many different advanced research techniques such as Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron microscopy, magnetic measurements and synchrotron methods to probe redox state, as well as to understand the cell mineral aggregates that form.
Team members: Julian Sorwat, James Byrne, Elizabeth Tomaszewski, Timm Bayer
Collaborators: Karim Benzerara, Jennyfer Miot, Claus Burkhardt, Martin Obst