Dr. Johanna Lippmann-Pipke
Head Reactive Transport
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4660

Katrin Gerstner
Secretary Neuroradiopharmaceuticals
Secretariat / Research Site Leipzig
Phone: +49 351 260 - 4601, 4600
Fax: +49 351 260 - 4699

Dr. Johanna Lippmann-Pipke - Head of the Reactive Transport Division

Research Interest  -   Publications (peer review)  -  Projects  -   Work Experience   -   Memberships

Research Interest

Fluid transport processes in geosystems: across scales

  • Understanding the dynamics of water and gas in the subsurface: on laboratory, local and regional scale
  • Application of radionuclides and radiogenic isotopes for transport process analysis
  • Modelling water balance, fluid flow and transport processes

Publications (peer review, citation metrics)


  • Barthen, R., Karimzadeh, L., Gründig, M., Grenzer, J., Lippold, H., Franke, K., Lippmann-Pipke, J. (2017) Neutrophilic Bioleaching of Synthetic Covellite - A Model System Combining Experimental Data and Geochemical Modeling. Submitted
  • Karimzadeh, L., Barthen, R., Stockmann, M., Gruendig, M., Franke, K., and Lippmann-Pipke, J. (2017) Effect of glutamic acid on copper sorption onto kaolinite - batch experiments and surface complexation modelling. Submitted
  • Lippmann-Pipke, J., Gerasch, R., Schikora, J., Kulenkampff, J.: (2017) Benchmarking PET for geoscientific applications: 3D quantitative diffusion coefficient determination in clay rock. Comp. Geosci. 10.1016/j.cageo.2017.01.002, available online
  • Lippold, H., Eidner, S., Kumke, M.U., Lippmann-Pipke, J.: (2017) Dynamics of metal-humate complexation equilibria as revealed by isotope exchange studies – a matter of concentration and time. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 197, 62-70
  • Kulenkampff, J., Gründig, M., Zakhnini, A., and Lippmann-Pipke, J.: (2016) Geoscientific process monitoring with positron emission tomography (GeoPET), doi:10.5194/se-2016-35, Solid Earth 7, 1207-1215
  • Kulenkampff, J., Zakhnini, A., Gründig, M., and Lippmann-Pipke, J. (2016) Quantitative experimental monitoring of molecular diffusion in clay with positron emission tomography. doi:10.5194/se-2016-34. Solid Earth 7, 1217-1231
  • Kulenkampff, J., Gründig, M., Zakhnini, A., Gerasch, R., Lippmann-Pipke, J. (2015) Process tomography of diffusion, using PET, to evaluate anisotropy and heterogeneity. doi: 10.1180/claymin.2015.050.3.09 Clay Min. 50, 369–375
  • Lippold, H., Lippmann-Pipke, J. (2014) New insights into the dynamics of adsorption equilibria of humic matter as revealed by radiotracer studies. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 133, 362-371
  • Barth, T., Ludwig, M, Kulenkampff, J., Gründig, M., Franke, K., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Hampel., U. (2014) Positron emission tomography in pebble beds. Part 1: Liquid particle deposition. Nucl. Engin. Design 267, 218-226

  • Barth, T., Kulenkampff, J., Bras, S., Gründig, Lippmann-Pipke, J., Hampel., U. (2013) Positron emission tomography in bebble beds. Part 2: Graphite particle desposition and resuspension. Nucl. Engin. Desing, 267 (2014) 227-237

  • Zakhnini, A., Kulenkampff, J., Sauerzapf, S., Pietrzyk, U., Lippmann-Pipke, J. (2013) Monte Carlo simulations of GeoPET experiments: 3D images of tracer distributions 18F, 124I and 58Co in Opalinus Clay, anhydrite and quartz. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2013.03.023 Comp. Geosci. 57, 183-196

2012 and earlier

  • Lippold, H., Eidner, S., Kumke, M.U., Lippmann-Pipke, J.. (2011) Diffusion, degradation or on-site stabilisation - identifying causes of kinetic processes involved in metal-humate complexation. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.11.001 Appl. Geochem., 27(1), 250-256

  • Stockmann, M., Hirsch, D., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Kupsch, H. (2011) Geochemical study of different-aged mining dump materials in the Freiberg mining district, Germany. doi:10.1007/s12665-012-1817-6, Environ. Earth Sci. 68(4), 1153-1168

  • Lippmann-Pipke, J., Erzinger, J., Zimmer, M., Kujawa, C., Boettcher, M., Van Heerden, E., Bester, A., Moller, H., Stroncik, N.A., Reches, Z. (2011): Geogas transport in fractured hard rock - correlations with mining seismicity at 3.54 km depth, TauTona gold mine, South Africa. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.07.011 Appl. Geochem., 26(12), 2134-2146

  • Lippmann-Pipke, J., Sherwood Lollar, B., Niedermann, S., Stroncik, N., Naumann, R., van Heerden, E., and Onstott, T.C. (2011): Neon identifies two billion year old fluid component in Kaapvaal Craton. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.01.023 Chem. Geol., 283, 287-296

  • Liu, J., Lippold, H.,  Wang, J., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Chen Y. (2011): Sorption of thallium(I) onto minerals and geological materials: Influence of pH and humic matter. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2010.10.089 Chemosphere 82, 866-871

  • Davidson, M. M., Silver, B.J., Onstott, T.C., Moser, D. P., Gihring, T. M., Pratt, L. M., Boice, E. A., Sherwood Lollar,  B., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Pfiffner, S. M., Kieft, T. L., Seymore,  W.  and Ralston, C. (2011): Capture of planktonic microbial diversity in fractures by long-term monitoring of flowing boreholes, Evander Basin, South Africa doi:10.1080/01490451.2010.499928 Geomicrobiol. J., 28(4) 275-300

  • Liu, J., Chen, Y., Wang, J., Qi, J., Wang, C., Lippold, H., Lippmann-Pipke, J. (2010): Factor analysis and sequential extraction unveil geochemical processes relevant for trace metal distributions in fluvial sediments of a pyrite mining area, China. doi:10.1007/s13146-010-0007-4, Carbonates and Evaporites 25(1), 51-63

  • Liu, J., Wang, J., Chen, Y.,  Lippold, H., Lippmann-Pipke, J. (2010): Comparative characterization of two natural humic acids in the Pearl River Basin, China and their environmental implications. doi:10.1016/S1001-0742(09)60308-9 J. Environ. Sci. 22(11), 1695-1720

  • Lippold, H., Lippmann-Pipke, J. (2009): Effect of humic matter on metal adsorption onto clay materials: Testing the linear additive model. J. Contam. Hydrol. 109, 40-48

  • Lin L.-H., Wang P.-L., Rumble D., Lippmann-Pipke J., Boice E., Pratt L., Sherwood Lollar B., Brodie E., Hazen T., Andersen G., DeSantis T., Moser D.P., Kershaw D., and Onstott T.C. (2006): Long term biosustainability in a high energy, low diversity crustal biome. Science 314(5798), 479-482
  • Onstott, T., Lin, L.-H., Davidson, M., Mislowack, B., Borcsik, M., Hall, J.; Slater, G., Ward, J., Lollar, B.; Lippmann-Pipke, J., Boice, E., Pratt, L., Pfiffner, S., Moser, D., Gihring, T., Kieft, T., Phelps, T., Vanheerden, E., Litthaur, D., Deflaun, M., Rothmel, R., Wanger, G., Southam, G. (2006): The Origin and Age of Biogeochemical Trends in Deep Fracture Water of the Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa. Geomicrobiol. J. 23 (6), 369-414
  • Slater, G., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Moser, D., Reddy, Chr., Onstott, T., Lacrampe-Couloume, G., Lollar, B. (2006): 14C in Methane and DIC in the Deep Terrestrial Subsurface: Implications for Microbial Methanogenesis. Geomicrobiol. J. 23 (6), 453-462
  • Lin, L-H., Hall, J., Onstott, T., Gihring, T., Lollar, B., Boice, E., Pratt, L., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Bellamy, R., (2006): Planktonic Microbial Communities Associated with Fracture-Derived Groundwater in a Deep Gold Mine of South Africa. Geomicrobiol. J. 23 (6), 475-497
  • Kieft, T. L., McCuddy, S. M., Onstott, T. C., Davidson, M., Lin, L.-H., Mislowack, B., Pratt, L. M., Boice, E., Sherwood-Lollar, B., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Pfiffner, S. M., Phelps, T. J., Gihring, T. M., Moser, D. P. and Heerden, A. (2005): Geochemically Generated, Energy-Rich Substrates and Indigenous Microorganisms in Deep, Ancient Groundwater. Geomicrobiol. J., 22 (6), 325-335
  • Lin L., Hall J., Lippmann J., Ward J., Sherwood Lollar B., Onstott T.C. (2005): Radiolytic H2 in the continental crust: Nuclear power for deep subsurface microbial communities. Geochem. Geophys. Geosys., 6 (7), 1-13
  • Lippmann, J., Erzinger, J., Zimmer, M., Schloemer, S., Eichinger, J.L., Faber, E. (2005): On the geochemistry of gases and noble gas isotopes (including 222Rn) in deep crustal fluids. The 4000 m KTB-pilot hole fluid production test 2002/03. Geofluids, 5(1), 52-66
  • Lippmann J., Stute M., Torgersen T., Moser D., Hall J.A., Lin L., Borcsik M., Bellamy R.E.S., Onstott T.C. (2003): Dating ultra-deep mine waters with noble gases and 36Cl, Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 67(23), 4597-4619
  • Rübel, A., Sonntag, Ch., Lippmann, J., Pearson, F.J., Gautschi, A. (2002): Solute Transport of formations of very low permeability: Profiles of stable isotopes and noble gas contents in the Opalinus Clay, Mont Terri, Switzerland. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 66(8), 1311-1321
  • Lippmann, J.; Gröning, M; Rozanski, K (1999): 2nd Interlaboratory Comparison for Deuterium and Oxygen-18 Analysis of Water Samples. Water and Environment, 8/9, 14-15, Isotope Hydrology Section, IAEA, Vienna Austria
  • Osenbrück, K.; Lippmann, J.; Sonntag, C.(1998): Dating very old pore water in impermeable rocks by noble gas isotopes. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 62(18), 3041-3045


  • Lippmann J. (1998): Determination of porewater dynamics in low permeable geological formations around ERA Morsleben by isotope and noble gas measurements (Isotopenhydrologische Untersuchungen zum Wasser- und Stofftransport im Gebiet des ERA Morsleben). PhD Thesis, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • Lippmann J. (1994): Quantification of transport parameters of soils by means of tracer experiments in the Weiherbach area, Germany. Diploma Thesis. Institute for Environmental Physics, Heidelberg University


Ongoing Projects

  • NetFlot: Network of infrastructure: Modeling the Flotation Process. H2020 - EIT KIC RawMaterial (2016-2018)
  • BioMore - Quantifying influence of flow topology (PET/CT) on bioleach efficiency in Blackshale drill cores. H2020 (2015-2018)
  • EcoMetals - Quantifying bioleaching kinetics and efficieny: (3D+t) visualising ore metal mobilisation from Blackshale by means of PET. A joint German-French research project, BMBF-/ANR-funded: Innovative eco-efficient biohydrometallurgy processes for the recovery of strategic and rare metals, 2014-2017

Completed projects (1994 - 2015):

  • DAFGAS (II) - Quantifying the interaction between seismicity and gas transport in fractured hard rock at earthquake focal depth. DFG-funded, in cooperation with Prof. J. Erzinger, GFZ, 2012-2015
  • Imaging and image simulation of organic target compound migration between different biogeochemical interfaces of a soil horizon using positron emission tomography and the lattice Boltzmann equation approach. In cooperation with Prof. M. Kersten, JGUM. DFG funded (Li872/5-1), 2010-2013
  • Adsorption and desorption behaviour of toxic heavy metal contaminants on natural organic material and sediments from the Pearl River Delta, China." (co-supervisor of a PhD-Thesis, CAS and DAAD funded)
  • DAFGAS (I) - Drilling Active Faults in South African Mines: Quantifying the gas release rates during and after seismic events in a crustal fault zones. Real-time gas monitoring 3600m below surface, Witwatersrand, South Africa. DFG-funded (Li872/3-1,-2,-3), 2005 -2011
  • Simulating soil water movement at a land fill test site in Saxonia, Germany, using HELP and BOWAHALD (while at HS Zittau/Görlitz).
  • KTB, Germany: German Continental Scientific Deep Drilling Program: On the geochemistry of gases and noble gas isotopes (including 222Rn) in deep crustal fluids. The 4000 m KTB-pilot hole fluid production test 2002/03. DFG-funded (Li872/2) while at GFZ
  • Homestake Mine, USA: Preliminary investigations regarding fluid dynamics in a deep environment. Scientific potential for an envisaged National Underground Science Laboratory, NUSL. DFG-funded (Li872/1) while at LDEO
  • Witwatersrand, South Africa: Dating ultra-deep mine waters with noble gases and 36Cl, Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa. DFG-funded (Li872/1) while at LEDO
  • IAEA, Austria: Assessment of the Chemical Analysis of Coldwater in some laboratories participating in Technical Cooperation Projects on Isotope Hydrology (while at the IAEA, Austria)
  • IAEA, Austria: 2nd International Interlaboratory Comparison for 2H and 18O analysis of water samples, 1999
  • Wellenberg, Switzerland: Determination of hydraulic properties: Analysis of stable isotopes and nobles gases in pore water and rock samples from a freshly drilled core SB4a/s , Switzerland (while at IUP)
  • Mt. Terri, Switzerland: Determination of hydraulic properties of the Opalinus Clay by analysing stable isotopes and nobles gases in the pore water of fresh drill cores (while at IUP)
  • ERA Morsleben, Germany: Determination of pore water dynamics in low permeable formations around the Radioactive Waste Repository (ERA) Morsleben, Germany. PhD Thesis at the University of Heidelberg
  • Weiherbach: Tracer and soil erosion experiments at a hillslope (1ha) in SW Germany. Determination of soil parameters. Diploma Thesis at the Institute for Environmental Physics ( IUP), University of Heidelberg

Work Experience

Institution Period City, Country
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
Institute of Resource Ecology
Research Site Leipzig
Reactive Transport Division, Head

at present,
since 2007

Leipzig, Germany

GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam GFZ
Research Assistant
2002 - 2007

Potsdam, Germany

University of Applied Sciences, Berlin TFH
Assistant Lecturer
SS 2004 Berlin, Germany
University of Applied Sciences, Zittau-Görlitz HS-Zi/Gö
Research Assistant
WS 2004 Chemnitz, Germany
Columbia University, LDEO NY, USA
Research Fellow (DFG-Fellowship)
2000 - 2002

New York, USA

International Atomic Energy Agency, Isotope Hydrology Lab, IAEA, Vienna, Austria
1998 - 2000

Vienna, Austria

University of Heidelberg, Institute of Environmental Physics, IUP, Germany
Ph.D in Physics
1995 - 1998

Heidelberg, Germany

University of Heidelberg, Physics Department, Germany
Diploma in Physics
1989 - 1994 Heidelberg, Germany


  • Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft DPG   (since 1994)
  • Arbeitskreis Chancengleichheit der DPG AKC (since 1998),
    therein board member (2001-2005), public relations (2003-2005)
  • American Geophysical Union AGU (since 2000)

Conferences & Workshops Convened