Analytical, Environmental and Geo- Chemistry


ULB Laboratoire G-Time
30/09/2016 - 13:00

Dr. Pascal Rosenblatt (Royal Observatory of Belgium), Friday September 30, 13:00, ULB.
The two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, were first thought to be asteroids captured by the red planet. The remote sensing of their surfaces argue in favor of this scenario but the present near-circular and near-equatorial orbit of the two moons could not fit expected orbits of capture objects. An alternative scenario has been proposed in which the two small moons of Mars were formed after a giant collision occurred more than 4 billions years ago, similarly to the formation of our Moon. But this scenario raises challenges as how to form small moons (and not a big one as for the Earth) and to maintain them in orbit around Mars over billions of years.


30/09/2016 - 10:30

On September 30th 2016 Dorina Seitaj obtained the academic degree of Doctor in Sciences with the following doctoral thesis:
Impact of cable bacteria on the biogeochemical cycling in a seasonally hypoxic coastal basin
Promotor: Prof. Dr. ir. Filip Meysman

08/09/2016 - 14:00

At the last European Association of Archaeologists meeting held in Vilnius, Lithuania, Christophe Snoeck was interviewed by “Deutschlandfunk” (nationwide German radio broadcast) to talk about his recent research on the isotopic studies of cremated remains. He discusses the process of cremation itself as well as the possbility to use strontium isotopes on cremated remains for mobility studies.
The interview was aired at “Deutschlandfunk” (nationwide radio broadcast, ~ the “German BBC”) at the daily science show “Forschung aktuell” on Friday 2 September 2016

Listen to the inverview here

09/08/2016 - 14:45

At the International Conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, recently organized in Brussels, Sebastiaan van de Velde won the prize for best PhD student oral presentation.

30/05/2016 - 09:30

Nature paper by AMGC Sophie Verheyden, on evidence for one of the oldest human construction made by Neanderthals, in a deep cave in France, some 176,5 thousand years ago: "Early Neanderthal constructions deep in Bruniquel Cave in southwestern France". A view-only version of the paper

30/05/2016 - 09:15

Vocatio Fellowship for David De Vleeschouwer, former AMGC member. On Wed. May 25, the VOCATIO foundation rewarded 15 young laureates from the humanities, sciences, arts, and medicine. Among them, our former PhD student David who received a 10.000 € grant to study the evolution of the Australian Monsoon over the last 6 million years. Portraits of the laureates appear this week in the popular Belgian magazines Knack and Le Vif.

12/04/2016 - 12:15

The project deals with shock metamorphic effects on plagioclase, a common mineral in the Solar System but little considered.

25/02/2016 - 17:00

On February 25th 2016 Jagoda Drozdzak obtained the academic degree of Doctor in Sciences with the following doctoral thesis:

Uranium speciation in the vicinity of the former uranium mining sites by the Diffuse Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) technique

Promotor: Prof. Dr. Martine Leermakers

10/12/2015 - 10:00

On December 10, 2015 Nadia Van Roosbroek obtained the academic degree of Doctor in Sciences with the following doctoral thesis:

The record of primitive IIE meteorites: Implications for the formation of silicate-bearing iron meteorites

Joint PhD between Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles

Promotors: Prof. Vinciane Debaille and Prof. Philippe Claeys

25/11/2015 - 16:00

On November 25th 2015 Joke Belza obtained the academic degree of Doctor in Science with the following doctoral thesis:

Petrography and Geochemistry of Ejecta Deposits from the K/Pg Boundary Chicxulub crater (Yucatan, Mexico)

Promotors: Prof. Dr. Philippe Claeys and Prof. Dr. Frank Vanhaecke
Jury members : E. Keppens (president), M. Elskens (secretary), Steven Goderis (VUB), Johan De Grave (UGent), Christian Koeberl (Univ. Vienna), Jan Smit (VUA), Ph. Claeys and Frank Vanhaecke (as advisors).

Joint phD between Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universiteit Gent.