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Prof. Dr. Jan Schwarzbauer

Office Location

Building: Lochnerstr.
Haus B
Room: 201
Lochnerstr. 4-20
52056 Aachen


Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Petroleum and Coal


Phone: +49 241-80-95750
Email: jan.schwarzbauer@emr.rwth-aachen.de

Current research topics
  • Sources, transport and fate of organic contaminants in water and sediments of surface water systems
  • Impact of anthropogenic xenibiotics on riverine systems
  • Structure elucidation of still unknown organic contaminants
  • Analytical investigations on pollution sources of surface and ground water (industrial emissions, municipal effluents, waste deposit seepage water, mining effluents etc.)
  • Organic-geochemical characterization of bound residues in riverine particulate matter
  • Komponentenspezifische Isotopenanalysen von organischen Schadstoffen
  • Geochronology of organic contamination in riverine sediment archives and generation of correlated pollution histories
  • Detetcion and quantification of synthetic polymers in river water, municipal effluents, sewage slugde and soil


Curriculum vitae
1993                 Degree in Chemistry (diploma) University of Hamburg
1997                 Dr. rer-nat. degree, University of Hamburg
2004                 Habilitation, RWTH Aachen University
2004 - 2009       Assoc. Prof. (Privatdozent), RWTH Aachen
since 2009         Professor
European Association of Chemistry and the Environment, ACE
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh
Wasserchemische Gesellschaft
European Association of Organic Geochemists, EAOG
American Chemical Society, ACS
Division of Environmental Chemistry (ACS)
Editorial Activities
Editor Geochemistry - Environmental Earth Science
  • Introduction to Organic Geochemistry
  • Organic Environmental Geochemistry
  • Geochemical Analysis
  • Evaluation and Contamination of Surface Water Systems
  • Quantitative Organic Environmental Geochemistry
  • Analytical methods and data interpretation in Organic Geochemistry
  • Practical course in Geochemical Analysis
  • Practical course in Organic Environmental Geochemistry



Organic contaminants in riverine and groundwater systems – aspects of the anthropogenic contribution
J Schwarzbauer, Springer Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg, 2006, 464 pp., ISBN 9-783540-311690

Environmental Chemistry
E Lichtfouse, J Schwarzbauer, D Robert (Eds), Springer Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg, 2005, 780 pp. ISBN 3-540-22860-8

Book chapters

Schwarzbauer J (2010)
In: Microbiology of Hydrocarbons, Oils, Lipids, Kenneth Timm (Ed), Springer Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg, 297-317

Wilkes H, Schwarzbauer J (2010)
Hydrocarbons: An introduction to structure, physico-chemical properties and natural occurrence.
In: Microbiology of Hydrocarbons, Oils, Lipids, Kenneth Timm (Ed), Springer Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg, 1-48

Schwarzbauer J, Ricking M, Gieren B, Keller R, Littke R (2005)
Anthropogenic organic contaminants incorporated into the non extractable particulate matter of riverine sediments from the Teltow Canal (Berlin).
In: Environmental Chemistry, Lichtfouse, Schwarzbauer, Robert (Eds), Springer Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg, 329-352.



Schwarzbauer J, Ricking M (2010)
Non-target screening analysis of river water as compound related base for monitoring measures
Environ Sci Pollut Res ESPR, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-009-0269-3

Ilic M, Antic M, Antic V, Vrvic M, Schwarzbauer J, Jovancicevic B (2010)
Investigation of bioremediation potential of zymogenous bacteria and fungi for crude oil degradation.
Environ Chem Lett, DOI: 10.1007/s10311-009-0257-3

Zivotic D, Jovancicevic B, Schwarzbauer J, Cvetkovic O, Grzetic I, Ercegovac M, Stojanovic K, Sajnovic A (2010)
The petrographical and organic geochemical composition of coal from the East field, Bogovina Basin (Serbia).
Intern J Coal Geol , DOI: 10.1016/j.coal.2009.07.012

Schwarzbauer J, Sindern S, Dsikowitzky L, Liebezeit G (2010)
Geochemical analysis of Lake Bant sediments to ascertain inorganic and organic indicators for warfare residues.
J Soils Sed 10, 104-118

Francu E, Schwarzbauer J, Lana R, Nyvlt D, Nehyba S (2010)
Historical changes in levels of organic pollutants in sediment cores from Brno reservoir, Czech Republic.
Wat Air Soil Pollut , DOI: 10.1007/s11270-009-0182-x


Stojanovic K, Jovancicevic B, Sajnovic A, Sabo TJ, Vitorovic D, Schwarzbauer J, Golovko A (2009)
Pyrolysis and Pt(IV)- and Ru(III)-ion catalyzed pyrolysis of asphaltenes in organic geochemical investigation of a biodegraded crude oil (Gaj, Serbia).
Fuel 88, 287-296

Botalova O, Schwarzbauer J, Frauenrath T, Dsikowitzky L (2009)
Identification and chemical characterization of specific organic constituents of petrochemical effluents.
Wat Res 43, 3797-3812

Claus E, Neumann-Hensel H, Heininger P, Schwarzbauer J (2009)
Effektorientierte Untersuchungen zur Algentoxizität fraktionierter Porenwässer und Eluate aus Elbesedimenten.
UWSF - Umweltwissenschaften und Schadstoffforschung 21, 267-271


Grigoriadou A, Schwarzbauer J, Georgakopoulos A (2008)
Organic geochemical parameters for estimation of petrogenic inputs in the coastal area of Kavala city, Greece.
J Soils Sed  8, 253-26

Schwarzbauer J (2008)
Organic anthropogenic contaminants in river systems - an overview on complementary environmental approaches.
Chem Listy  102, s278-s281

Ricking M, Schwarzbauer J (2008)
HCH residues in point-source contaminated samples of the Teltow Canal in Berlin, Germany.
Environ Chem Lett  6, 83-86

Francu E,  M, Schwarzbauer J, Ricking M, Lana R, Müller P, Francu J, Nehyba S (2008)
Distribution patterns of organic pollutants in Brno Lake with respect to its depositional history.
Chem Listy  102, s371-s372 

Jovancicevic B, Antic M, Vrvic M,  Ilic M, Novakovic M, Saheed RM, Schwarzbauer J (2008)
Transformation of Petroleum pollutant during soil bioremediation experiments.
J Serb Chem Soc  73, 577-583 

Wiesenberg GLB, Schwarzbauer J, Schmidt MWI, Schwark L (2008)
Plant and soil lipid modifications under elevated atmospheric CO2 conditions:
II.Stable carbon isotopic values (d13C) and turnover.
Org Geochem 39, 103-117

Grigoriadou A, Schwarzbauer J, Georgakopoulos A (2008)
Organic pollutants in marine and terrestrial water samples in the industrial area east of Kavala city, North Greece
Environ Pollut  151, 231-242 

Jovancicevic B, Antic M, Pavlovic I, Vrvic MM, Beskoski V, Kronimus A,, Schwarzbauer J (2008)
Transfromation of petroleum saturated hydrocarbons during soil bioremediation experiments.
Wat Air Soil Poll  190, 299-307