Applied Geochemistry

Prof. Dr. Thomas Neumann

Organization name Department of Applied Geochemistry
Building BH-N
Room BH-N 907
Address Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1
10587 Berlin


  • Professor for Applied Geochemistry
  • Head of Department
  • Programme Officer for the BSc and MSc Geotechnology programmes
  • Deputy Executive Director of the Institute for Applied Geosciences

Research interest

  • Fluid/mineral interactions
  • Retention mechanisms of environmentally relevant elements in mineral formations
  • Geothermal energy systems
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2018: Full Professor for Applied Geochemistry at the Technical University of Berlin.

2006 - 2017: Acting Head of Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry and Associate Professor in Aquatic Geochemistry at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)

2005 - 2006: Visiting Professorship in Geochemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria

2002: Venia Legendi in Mineralogy at the University of Karlsruhe (TH)

1995 - 2005: Assistant Professor at the Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry, University of Karlsruhe (TH)

1993 - 1995: Post-Doc at the Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde

1993: Doctorate (Dr. rer nat.) at the University of Kiel

1992 - 1993: DAAD scholarship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, USA

1990 - 1993: PhD student at the Geosciences Institute of Kiel University

1990: Diploma in Geology with focus on Marine Geology

1984 - 1990: Studies in geology/palaeontology at the Universities of Erlangen and Kiel

Publications of the last 5 years

Hampl, F., Schiperski, F., Byrne, J. M., Schwerdhelm, C., Kappler, A., Bryce, C., von Blanckenburg, F. & Neumann, T. (2022). The role of iron-bearing minerals for the deep weathering of a hydrothermally altered plutonic rock in semi-arid climate (Chilean Coastal Cordillera). Chemical Geology, 120922.

Hampl, Ferdinand J.; Schiperski, Ferry; Byrne, James M.; Schwerdhelm, Christopher; Kappler, Andreas; Bryce, Casey; von Blanckenburg, Friedhelm; Neumann, Thomas (2021): Mineralogical, geochemical and magnetic susceptibility data from a deep hydrothermally altered profile in a semi-arid region (Chilean Coastal Cordillera). GFZ Data Services.

Gladowska M., Schneider M., Eiche E., Kontny A., Neumann T., Straub D., Advectas Project Members, Kleindienst S. & Kappler A. (2021): Microbial transformation of biogenic and abiogenic Fe minerals followed by in-situ incubations in an As-contaminated vs. non-contaminated aquifer. – Environmental Pollution 281.

Gladowska M., Schneider M., Eiche E., Kontny A., Neumann T., Straub D., Berg M., Prommer H., Bostick B.C., Nghiem A.A, Kleindienst S. & Kappler A. (2021): Fermentation, methanotrophy and methanogenesis influence sedimentary Fe and As dynamics in As-affected aquifers in Vietnam. – Science of the Total Environment 779, doi-org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146501.

Kontny A., Schneider M., Eiche E., Stopelli E., Gladowsky M., Rath B., Göttlicher J., Byrne J.M., Berg M., Duyen V.T., Trang T.K.T., Viet V. & Neumann T. (2021): Iron mineral transformation and their impact on As (im)mobilization at redox interfaces in As-contaminated aquifers. – Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 296: 189-209.

Neidhard H., Rudischer S., Eiche E., Schneider M., Stopelli E., Duyen V.T., Trang P.T.K., Viet P.H., Neumann T. & Berg M. (2021): Phosphate immobilization dynamics and interaction with arsenic sorption at transition zones in floodplain aquifers: insights from the Red River Delta, Vietnam. – Journal of Hazardous Materials,

Digiacomo F., Tobler D.J., Held T. & Neumann T. (2020): Immobilization of Cr(VI) by sulphate green rust and sulphidized nanoscale zerovalent Iron in sand media: batch and column studies. – Geochemical Transactions 21,

Thomas A.N., Eiche E., Göttlicher J., Steininger R., Benning L.G., Freeman H.M., Tobler D.J., Mangayamam M., Dideriksen K. & Neumann T. (2020): Effects of metal cation substitution of hexavalent chromium reduction by green rust. – Geochemical Transactions 21,

Stopelli E., Duyen V.T., Mai T.T., Trang P.T.K., Viet P.H., Lightfood A., Kipfer R., Schneider M., Eiche E., Kontny A., Neumann T., Glodowska M., Patzner M., Kappler A., Kleindienst S., Rathi B., Cirpka O., Bostick B., Prommer H., Winkel L.H.E. & Berg M. (2020): Spatial and temporal evolution of groundwater arsenic contamination in the Red River delta, Vietnam: Interplay of mobilisation and retardation processes. – Science of the Total Environment 717: 137143.

Kalb M., Kluge T., Eckhardt H., Weise A., Prokhorov I., Kraml M., Eiche E. & Neumann T. (2020): CO2gas-H2Oliquid isotope exchange rates up to 150°C – Experimental study and application to hydrothermal CO2. – Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 269: 167-183.

Dill H.G., Kus J., Goldmann S., Suarez-Ruiz I., Neumann T. & Kaufhold S. (2019): The physical-chemical regime of a sulfide-bearing semi-graphite mineral assemblage in metabasic rocks (SE Germany) – A multidisciplinary study of  he missing link between impsonite and graphite. - International Journal of Coal Geology 212,

Nothstein A.K., Eiche E., Riemann M., Nick P., Maier P., Tenspolde A. & Neumann T. (2019): Coupling Langmuir with Michaelis-Menton – A practical alternative to estimate Se content in rice? PloS ONE 14(4),

Eiche E., Nothstein A.K., Goettlicher J., Steininger R., Dhillon K. & Neumann T. (2019): The behaviour of irrigation induced Se in the groundwater-soil-plant system in Punjab, India. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts,

Thomas A.N., Eiche E., Göttlicher J., Steiniger R., Benning L.G., Freeman H.M., Dideriksen K. & Neumann T. (2018): Products of Hexavalent Chromium Reduction by Green Rust Sodium Sulfate and Associated Reaction mechanisms. - Soil Systems 2,

Hartmann A., Luetscher M., Wachter R., Holz P., Eiche E. & Neumann T. (2018): GUARD – an automated fluid sampler preventing sample alteration by contamination, evaporation and gas exchange, suitable for remote areas ad harsh conditions. – Hydrology and Earth System Science 22, 4281-4293.

Börsig N., Scheinost A.C., Shaw S., Schild D. & Neumann T. (2018): Retention and multiphase transformation of selenium oxyanions during the formation of magnetite via iron(II) hydroxide and green rust. - Dalton Transaction 47, 11002-11015.

Banning H., Stelliing M., König S., Schoenberg R., Neumann T. (2018): Preparation and purification of organic samples for for selenium isotope studies. - PLoS ONE 13(3), pone.0193826.

Held S., Schill E., Schneider J., Morata D., Neumann T., Kohl T. (2018): Geochemical characterization of the geothermal system at Villarica volcano, Southern Chile; part I: Impacts of lithology on the geothermal reservoir. – Geothermics 74, 226-239.

Nitschke F., Held S., Neumann T., Kohl T. (2018): Geochemical characterization of the Villarica geothermal system, Southern Chile, part II: Site-specific re-evaluation of SiO2 and Na-K solute geothermometers. – Geothermics 74, 217-225.