Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in geology, University of Würzburg, Germany

  • 2000
    Diplom degree in geology, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany)

  • 2003 – 2004
    Director of the AAS research laboratory and the student laboratories, Department of Hydrogeology

  • 2004
    Doctorate in hydrogeology/geochemistry, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology

  • 2004 – 2005
    Research associate, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology; grant applicant and (later) director of the German Research Foundation (DFG) project "Arsenic-sulphur speciation – a potential key to understanding arsenic accumulation and mobilisation in sulphidic aquifers of Bangladesh" (February 2006 – April 2008)

  • 2005
    DFG travel stipend to the Marie Curie Excellence Centre in Liverpool, UK, project: "Inorganic arsenic speciation by anodic stripping voltammetry with a gold microwire electrode" (June – July 2005)

  • 2005 – 2008
    Postdoc, with a fellowship from the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. Project: "Role of arsenic-sulphur compounds" (until February 2008)

  • 2008
    Postdoc at Freiberg University of Mining and Technology (March to September 2008)

  • Since 2008
    Junior professor (W1) at the University of Bayreuth, with a DFG Emmy Noether junior research group. Project: "Hydrogeochemical speciation of arsenic, gold and copper in iron sulphide systems considering abiotic and microbially catalysed interactions"

Selected publications

  • Planer-Friedrich, B. et al.: Arsenic speciation in sulfidic waters: Consolidation of contradictory spectroscopic and chromatographic evidence. In: Analytical Chemistry (2010, accepted).

  • Planer-Friedrich, B. et al.: Oxidative transformation of trithioarsenate along alkaline geothermal drainages – abiotic versus microbially mediated processes. In: Geomicrobiology 26, 2009. pp. 339-350.

  • Planer-Friedrich, B., Wallschläger, D.: A critical investigation of hydride generation-based arsenic speciation in sulfidic waters. In: Environmental Science & Technology 43, 2009. pp. 5007-5013.

  • Süß, E. et al.: Discrimination of Thioarsenites and Thioarsenates by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. In: Analytical Chemistry 81, 2009. pp. 8318-8326.

  • Merkel, B., Planer-Friedrich, B.: Groundwater Geochemistry – A Practical Guide to Modeling of Natural and Contaminated Aquatic Systems, Springer Verlag, 2nd edition, 2008, p. 230.

  • Planer-Friedrich, B. et al.: Acute Toxicity of Thioarsenates to Vibrio fischeri. In: Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 27(10), 2008. pp. 2027-2035.

  • Planer-Friedrich, B. et al.: Thioarsenates in geothermal waters of Yellowstone National Park: determination, preservation, and geochemical role. In: Environmental Science Technology 41(15), 2007. pp. 5245-5251.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) subproject within the etrap research group (PL 302/5-1): "Identification of polysulphides and their importance as intermediate sulphur species for electron transfer processes in anoxic aquifers", 2009 – 2012

  • DFG Emmy Noether junior research group (PL 302/3-1): "Hydrogeochemical speciation of arsenic, gold, and copper in ferrous sulphidic environments considering abiotic and microbially catalysed interactions", 2008 – 2013

  • Personal project exchange (German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD), Yellowstone NP; collaboration with Montana State University, Bozeman, USA: "Linking hydrogeochemical and microbial processes in the arsenic-sulphur redox chemistry of alkaline geothermal springs of Yellowstone National Park", 2009 – 2011

  • Research funds from the Universität Bayern (universities of Bavaria) association, 2009

  • DFG Project PL 302/2-1: "Arsenic-sulphur speciation – a potential key to understanding arsenic accumulation and mobilisation in sulphidic aquifers of Bangladesh", 2006 – 2008

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the "Ecology and Environmental Research" BayNAT PhD committee, since 2010

  • Deputy examination committee chairperson for geoecology, since 2010

  • Member of the programme committee, European Association of Geochemistry, since 2010

  • Permanent guest of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate commission on hydrology, since 2009

  • Permanent member of the selections committees, German National Academic Foundation, since 2002


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