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

Robert Barthen - Reactive Transport Division


Research Interest - Projects - Publications
- CV


Research Interests

  • Bio-Geo interactions
  • Biological leaching by acidophilic and neutrophilic microorganisms
  • Application of GeoPET to bioleaching systems to:
    • monitor heavy metal mobility
    • visualize microbial colony distributions


Ongoing Projects

  • 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

  • Master's thesis - Abiotic and cell-cell-communication related influences on the biofilm formation process by Acidithiobacillus ferrivorans in comparison to Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans
  • Bachelor's thesis - Investigations on biological degradation and sorption behaviour of TDCP in river water-sediments


  • Bauer, A.; März, J.; Barthen, R.; Jäschke, A.; Glasneck, F.; Schmeide, K.; Brendler, V.; Kersting, B.; Stumpf, T.; Structural clarification of a tert-butyl-calix[4]arene-based 8-hydroxyquinoline complex with uranium(VI) in non-aqueous solution, Poster, ANAKON 2017, 03.-06.04.2017, Tübingen, Deutschland
  • 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 Modeling. (2017) Submitted
  • Karimzadeh, L., Barthen, R., Stockmann, M., Gruendig, M., Franke, K., and Lippmann-Pipke, J.; Effect of glutamic acid on copper sorption onto kaolinite - batch experiments and surface complexation modelling. Chemosphere, 2017, Vol. 178, pp 277–281, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.03.073
  • R. Barthen, L. Karimzadeh, M. Gründig, H. Lippold, K. Franke, J. Lippmann-Pipke: "Covellite (Bio)-Leaching with Amino Acids" Poster, Annual Conference of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) / Jahrestagung der Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie (VAAM), 13.-16.03.2016, Jena, Deutschland
  • S. Bellenberg, R. Barthen, M. Boretska, R. Zhang, W. Sand & M. Vera: "Manipulation of pyrite colonization and leaching by iron-oxidizing Acidithiobacillus species", Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2015, Vol. 99 (3), pp 1435–1449, DOI:10.1007/s00253-014-6180-y
  • R. Barthen, K. Mickein, S. Kutschke, K. Pollmann, J. Kulenkampff, M. Gründig, J. Lippmann-Pipke: "Development of a labeling system for microorganisms based on antimicrobial peptides", Oral presentation: Microbiology and Infection - 4. Gemeinsamer Kongress von DGHM und VAAM, 5.-8.10.2014, Dresden, Germany
  • S. Bellenberg, R. Barthen, M.Vera, N.Guiliani, W.Sand: "Biofilm Formation, Communication and Interactions of Mesophilic Leaching Bacteria during Pyrite Oxidation", Advanced Materials Research, 2013, Vol. 825, pp. 107-110, DOI: 10.4028/