Dr. Holger Lippold - Reactive Transport Division

Research Interest - Projects - Teaching Activities
Selected Publications - Work Experience

Skizze für ID 30402 (Transportsystem engl.)

Research Interest

Development and application of radiotracers to gain advanced understanding of processes determining contaminant transport mediated by macromolecular organic complexants


Ongoing Projects

  • Geochemical retention of radionuclides at cement alteration phases – influence of polymeric cement additives: radiotracer studies on complexation and (co-)adsorption of radionuclides with polycarboxylate ethers (superplasticisers) at hyperalkaline conditions and high salinity; modelling the effects of pH and electrolyte content on the basis of interactions in the constituent subsystems (BMWi project, in cooperation with the division "Surface Processes") [Description]

Completed Projects (1995 - 2015)

  • Geochemical behaviour and transport of radionuclides in saline systems with organic matter relevant to a final repository site: influence of high salinity (NaCl, MgCl2, CaCl2) on the mobilising potential of humic-like clay organics towards radionuclides at variable pH; modelling metal-fulvate complexation by the NICA-Donnan approach; isotope exchange studies on the dynamics of metal-humate complexation equilibria depending on concentration and time of contact (BMWi project, in cooperation with the division "Surface Processes") [Article 1] [Article 2]
  • Elementary processes relevant to humic-bound actinide transport in potential host rock formations of a final repository: effect of humic substances and carboxylic acids on the pH-dependent adsorption of radionuclides onto clay minerals; radiotracer studies on reversibility and equilibrium characteristics of adsorption of humic substances (BMWi project) [Article 1] [Article 2]
  • Humic-bound transport of toxic metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) at a contaminated site in Staßfurt (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany): sampling and analytics along the groundwater flow path; humic-bound solubilisation and adsorption of PAH depending on pH and ionic strength; properties and solubilising potential of mixed aggregates of humic substances and surfactants (BMBF project) [Article 1] [Article 2]
  • Formation and partitioning of humate species of mobilised radiotoxic metals in geochemical systems: competition effects of Al(III) and Fe(III) on humate complexation of radionuclides; elucidation of long-term kinetic processes (BMWA project) [Article 1] [Article 2]
  • Competitive reactions of trivalent metals with respect to complexation and co-adsorption of radionuclides with humic acids: combined Kd model of metal mobility in geochemical systems with humic matter; influence of pH and competing metals; relating complex stability and flocculation (BMWi project) [Article 1] [Article 2]
  • Interaction of phenol with dissolved and adsorbed surfactant aggregates: qualitative and quantitative characterisation of mixed aggregates and phase behaviour; modelling surfactant adsorption (PhD thesis, University of Leipzig) [Article 1] [Article 2]

Teaching Activities

Full Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals


  • Lippold, H., Eidner, S., Kumke, M.U., Lippmann-Pipke, J.; Dynamics of metal-humate complexation equilibria as revealed by isotope exchange studies – a matter of concentration and time. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 197 (2017) 62-70
  • Liu, J., Wang, J., Chen, Y., Lippold, H., Xiao, T., Li, H., Shen, C.-C., Xie, L., Xie, X., Yang, H.; Geochemical transfer and preliminary health risk assessment of thallium in a riverine system in the Pearl River Basin, South China. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 176 (2017) 64-75
  • Karimzadeh, L., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Lippold, H., Franke, K.; Mobility and transport of copper(II) influenced by the microbial siderophore DFOB: Column experiment and modelling. Chemosphere 173 (2017) 326-329
  • Liu, J., Luo, X., Wang, J., Xiao, T., Chen, D., Sheng, G., Yin, M., Lippold, H., Wang, C., Chen, Y.; Thallium contamination in arable soils and vegetables around a steel plant – A newly-found significant source of Tl pollution in South China. Environmental Pollution 224 (2017) 445-453

  • Liu, J., Wang, J., Xiao, T., Bao, Z., Lippold, H., Luo, X., Yin, M., Ren, J., Chen, Y., Linghu, W.; Geochemical dispersal of thallium and accompanying metals in sediment profiles from a smelter-impacted area in South China. Applied Geochemistry in press
  • Barthen, R., Karimzadeh, L., Gründig, M., Grenzer, J., Lippold, H., Franke, K., Lippmann-Pipke, J.; Neutrophilic bioleaching of synthetic covellite – a model system combining experimental data and geochemical modelling. Chemosphere submitted
  • Liu, J., Luo, X., Xiao, T., Chen., D., Bao, Z., Wang, J., Lippold, H., Sheng, G., Yin, M., Ren, J., Chen, Y.; Dispersal and provenance of trace metal contaminants in sediments near a uranium mining site in South China: Application of Pb stable isotope analysis. Journal of Hazardous Materials submitted




  • Lippold, H., Eidner, S., Kumke, M.U., Lippmann-Pipke, J.; Diffusion, degradation or on-site stabilisation – identifying causes of kinetic processes involved in metal-humate complexation. Applied Geochemistry 27 (2012) 250-256


  • Liu, J., Lippold, H., Wang, J., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Chen, Y.; Sorption of thallium(I) onto geological materials: Influence of pH and organic matter. Chemosphere 82 (2011) 866-871


  • Liu, J., Wang, J., Chen, Y., Lippold, H., Lippmann-Pipke, J.; Comparative characterization of two natural humic acids in the Pearl River Basin, China, and their environmental implications. Journal of Environmental Sciences 22 (2010) 1695-1702
  • Liu, J., Wang, J., Chen, Y., Qi, J., Lippold, H., Wang, C.; Thallium distribution in sediments from the Pearl River Basin, China. Clean - Soil, Air, Water 38 (2010) 909-915
  • Liu, J., Chen, Y., Wang, J., Qi, J., Wang, C., Lippold, H., Lippmann-Pipke, J.; Factor analysis and sequential extraction unveil geochemical processes relevant for trace metal distributions in fluvial sediments of a pyrite mining area, China. Carbonates and Evaporites 25 (2010) 51-63



  • Lippold, H., Gottschalch, U., Kupsch, H.; Joint influence of surfactants and humic matter on PAH solubility. Are mixed micelles formed? Chemosphere 70 (2008) 1979-1986


  • Gottschalch, U., Birke, M., Stärk, H.-J., Kupsch, H., Lippold, H.; Characterization of urban NOM in a municipal area with disused toxic waste sites. Applied Geochemistry 22 (2007) 2435-2455
  • Lippold, H., Evans, N.D.M., Warwick, P., Kupsch, H.; Competitive effect of iron(III) on metal complexation by humic substances: Characterisation of ageing processes. Chemosphere 67 (2007) 1050-1056


  • Neumann, G., Cornelissen, S., van Breukelen, F., Hunger, S., Lippold, H., Loffhagen, N., Wick, L.Y., Heipieper, H.J.; Energetics and surface properties of Pseudomonas putida DOT-T1E in a two-phase fermentation system with 1-decanol as second phase. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72 (2006) 4232-4238


Before 2005

  • Lippold, H., Quitzsch, K.; Simultaneous surfactant aggregation in aqueous solution and at the solid-liquid interface. Coadsorption of decanoyl-N-methylglucamide and phenol on silica gel. Colloids and Surfaces A 172 (2000) 1-6
  • Lippold, H., Findeisen, M., Quitzsch, K., Helmstedt, M.; Micellar incorporation without solubilizing effect. A study on the system water - phenol - decanoyl-N-methylglucamide. Colloids and Surfaces A 135 (1998) 235-244

Work Experience

Institution Period
Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Institute of Resource Ecology, Research Site Leipzig (formerly Institute of Interdisciplinary Isotope Research)
Research associate, assistant lecturer (University of Leipzig)
03/2000 - present
Loughborough University (UK), Department of Chemistry, Centre for Radiochemistry (Prof. P. Warwick)
Visiting scientist
11/2004 - 02/2005
University of Leipzig, Wilhelm Ostwald Institute of
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
(Prof. K. Quitzsch)
PhD student
06/1995 - 12/1999
University of Leipzig, Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy
Student of chemistry
09/1990 - 05/1995