Marine Kerogen Group - From Biomolecule to Geomolecule
By far the largest amount of organic matter on Earth resides in the sediments as Kerogen; a poorly understood heterogenous pool of resistant and complex polymeric bio- and geo-macromolecules, insoluble in common organic solvents.
Our focus is to improve insight in the composition of this marine kerogen and the processes that lead to its formation, modification and degradation at molecular level.
Within the Heisenberg Group we focus on:
Biogeochemistry of palynomorphs
Organic matter preservation and transformation
The Palaeozoic terrestrialisation
Lipids and kerogen as environmental proxies