Developments in element and element speciation analysis of environmental samples - Recent trends and future perspectives


Daniel Proefrock

Daniel Proefrock (*1974) studied Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. In 2001 he started his PhD thesis at the GKSS research centre (now Helmholtz-Zentrum-Geesthacht - HZG) in the group of Prof. Andreas Prange. In 2005 he obtained his PhD degree from the Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany). He continued his work at the HZG as a post-doctoral fellow, before he became a permanent research scientist at the HZG Institute of Coastal Research in 2007. Currently he is leading the department Marine Bioanalytical Chemistry, which is part of the Institute of Coastal Research. Daniels main interest are focused on  the determination, speciation and isotopic analysis of (trace) elements in environmental samples within complex interdisciplinary scientific topics via ICP - mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and other complementary detection techniques such as ESI and MALDI-MS including the development of new speciation approaches and hyphenated techniques. His current research is focused on the analysis of transport processes of contaminants at the interface of aquatic and marine environments using non-traditional stable isotope systems as well as the development of suitable tools for the analysis of new emerging contaminants and their effects. Daniel is author and co-author of more than 40 papers and 2 book chapters as well as more than 100 contributions (oral and posters) to national and international conference. He is advisory board member of Metallomics. In 2011 he received the Bunsen-Kirchhoff Preis from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) for his contribution within the field of miniaturized hyphenated techniques with element and molecule specific detection and their application for the analysis of heteroelement containing bio molecules.