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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Püttmann

Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Main)

Wilhelm Püttmann studied chemistry at RWTH Aachen and the University of Cologne. He received his doctorate in organic synthesis under Professor Emanuel Vogel in Cologne in 1980. Following two years of postdoctoral work, he moved to the field of geochemical analysis, assuming the leadership of lab and research group work at the Institute of Petroleum and Coal at RWTH Aachen. He completed his habilitation in 1994 with work that focused on the interaction of heavy metals and organic components in sediments. Wilhelm Püttmann has been Professor for Environmental Analysis in the Department of Geosciences and Geography at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, since 1996. His research interests focus on the application of mass spectrometry to the analysis of organic trace substances in the aquatic environment and to the analysis of biomarkers in sediments.

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