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Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

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Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

ZEA-3: Analytics | Forschungszentrum Jülich


Dr. Stephan Küppers

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Research topics and profile (related to bioeconomy)

ZEA-3 Analytics develops analytical procedures for application to the scientific challenges addressed at Forschungszentrum Jülich. ZEA-3´s areas of competence include the characterization of organic molecule structures, proteins and molecule-element interactions, element and ion analytics, diffusion processes in solid and liquid phases as well as chemical imaging.

ZEA-3 contributes to several projects in the context of bioeconomy research:

  1. Characterization of phospho-organic compounds in plants, soil and microbiota, for example using diffusion-NMR
  2. Characterization of biopolymeric plant cell wall compounds by NMR
  3. Quantification and characterization of macronutrient exchange processes (C/N/P/S) in plant leaves, roots and soil in dependence of environmental factors using element-und ion analytics
  4. Quantification and structural characterization of metabolites and signaling compounds in plants and bacteria, characterization of proteins and pyrolyzable hydrocarbons in various complex matrices.
  5. Characterization of plant stress signaling and stress acclimation mechanisms using mass spectrometry-based proteome analysis.

Contributions to BioSC

ZEA-3 provides its expertise in a range of specialized analytical techniques to research at BioSC and thereby contributes to the BioSC focus topic “Sustainable plant production and resource stewardship”.