Dr. Holger Lippold - Reactive Transport Division

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

Skizze für ID 30402 (Transportsystem engl.)

Research Interest

Radiotracer studies of processes determining contaminant transport mediated by organic complexants


Ongoing Projects

  • Geochemical retention of radionuclides at cement phases and bentonite buffers – 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]
  • Reactive transport of lanthanides with low-molecular-weight organic ligands from the inventory of a nuclear waste repository: radiotracer studies and modelling of adsorption and transport of Eu(III) with DTPA as a function of pH; elucidation of discrepancies between static and dynamic systems (desorption kinetics, heterogeneous flow) (BMBF project, in cooperation with the division "Chemistry of the f-elements")

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; characteristics 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

          (University of Leipzig))

Full Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

(open access to manuscripts via ResearchGate)


  • Liu, J., Luo, X., Wang, J., Xiao, T., Yin, M., Belshaw, N.S., Lippold, H., Kong, L., Xiao, E., Bao, Z., Li, N., Chen, Y., Linghu, W.; Provenance of uranium in a sediment core from a natural reservoir, South China: Application of Pb stable isotope analysis. Chemosphere 193 (2018) 1172-1180

  • 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 88 (2018) 239-246

  • 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 196 (2018) 368-376

  • Lippold, H., Karimzadeh, L., Kulenkampff, J., Wissmeier, L., Stuhlfauth, C., Stoll, M., Lippmann-Pipke, J.; Effect of pH on the mobility of the herbicide MCPA in a sand-goethite column: 1D and 2D reactive transport modeling. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology submitted

  • Zedek, L., Lippold, H., Šembera, J.; Computer simulation of the ternary problem – technical aspects and possibilities. IFAC-PapersOnLine accepted

  • Liu, J., Luo, X., Wang, J., Xiao, T., Lippold, H., Yin, M., Wei, X., Ren, J., Zhang, R., Belshaw, N.S., Chen, Y., Sheng. G.; Sources of dispersed Tl contamination to the North River, South China: New evidence from profiles of Pb isotopes and Tl geochemical fractionation. Environmental Pollution submitted


  • 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., Franke, K., Lippold, H.; 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




  • 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