Symposium 2010

Advanced Spectroscopic and Microscopic Characterisation Techniques - Tools To Enlighten Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soil

Conference topics:
Several interacting organic, inorganic, and biological soil constituents build up extremely heterogeneous, hierarchically structured and large biogeochemical interfaces in soil. These interfaces affect a variety of processes, such as interactions and bioavailabilty of organic and inorganic compounds, formation and stability of aggregates, and movement and spatial distribution of solutes and gases in soil. The large progress in experimental techniques in recent years has distinctly increased the soil scientific community's knowledge on formation and architecture of biogeochemical interfaces as well as on the processes occurring on their surfaces including adsorption, degradation, precipitation and redox transformation of both nutrients and contaminants.
The symposium will focus on the application of a broad range of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques to study biogeochemical interfaces in soil. We invite contributions from all fields of soil science as well as nanogeoscience and environmental mineralogy, in which spectroscopic and/or microscopic characterization methods (e.g., AFM, FTIR, NMR, SEM, SIMS, TEM, XAS, XPS) have been developed or applied.

Invited speakers:

  • Ruben Kretzschmar (ETH Zürich)
  • Juraj Majzlan (FSU Jena)
  • Per Persson (Univ. Umea)
  • Donald L. Sparks (Univ. Delaware)
  • Hans-Jörg Vogel (UFZ Halle)

Date: 4.10. (1.00 pm) to 5.10.2010 (6.30 pm)

Venue: The meeting will take place at Altes Schloss Dornburg near Jena, Germany (

Conference fee:
EUR 120,- including bus transfer from Jena to Dornburg, coffee breaks, lunch (5.10.2010), dinner (4.10.2010). Participants of the SPP 1315 will not have to pay the conference fee!

Further information gives the second circular.

Please click here for the book of abstracts.