Analytical, Environmental and Geo- Chemistry

AMGC analytical arsenal
Back to the Lab

Back to the laboratory, samples are analysed with advanced instrumentation: ICPMS, Picaro, FT-IR, micro XRF…

Meteorite search in Antarctica

Meteorite searches on Skidoo in the Blue ice field near Princess Elisabeth Base (Antarctica) for a joint Belgian-Japanese expedition

Geological Excursion

Geological field trip with AMGC to study Cretaceous deep-sea sediments in the Appennines (Italy)

Trace metal speciation in aquatic systems
North Sea Field Work

Development of Thin Films (DGT) passive toxic element samplers in aquatic environments, a tool for monitoring and assessment of pollutants

Popigai crater in Norther Siberia
Popigai crater in Northern Siberia

Impact melt and breccia from the 100 km Popigai crater in Northern Siberia formed when a ~ 5km chondritic asteroid impacted the earth

Arrival in Antarctica
Expedition in Antarctica

Arrival at the Russian base Novolaszarevskaya, en route to Belgian research station Princess Elisabeth in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica

Field work in Montenegro

Drone view of the sampling Triassic-Jurassic boundary May - June 2019

Oceanography cruise

Biogeochemistry and productivity of the deep-ocean

Micro-XRF mapping

MicroXRF map of a Devonian stromatoporoid shows distinct alternations of iron (red) and silicon (yellow) rich laminae 

From there to here, and how to preserve Planet Earth

The last 4.56 billion years of Earth evolution are marked by constant environmental changes. The research group AMGC documents the ancient geological and modern anthropogenic changes of the global Earth system using a series of tracers.  These biogeochemical tracers (elemental concentrations and isotopic ratios) are measured on a wide range of “archives” ranging from mineral phases in meteorites to ocean water to decipher variations in environmental parameters. These variations characterize the factors triggering or resulting from (paleo)environmental changes and document at different scales, the short and/or long-term effects of these modifications on the Global Earth System.