Kretzschmar, Ruben, Prof. Dr.

Prof. Dr.  Ruben Kretzschmar

Prof. Dr. Ruben Kretzschmar

I. f. Biogeochemie/Schadstoffdyn. 

CHN  F 23.1 

Universitätstrasse 16

8092 Zürich


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Curriculum Vitae

Ruben Kretzschmar is Full Professor of Soil Chemistry and head of the Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Department of Environmental Sciences at ETH Zurich. He earned his Ph.D. degree in 1994 in the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, where he specialized in soil chemistry and mineralogy. He was elected Associate Professor at ETH Zurich in 1999 and Full Professor in 2002. From August 2008 to July 2009 he was a Cox Visiting Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University, CA, USA.

The research of his group is primarily concerned with the biogeochemical behavior and cycling of essential and potentially toxic trace elements in terrestrial and semi-terrestrial systems. Currently, his group focuses on the biogeochemistry of metals and metalloids in periodically flooded or water-saturated soils, such as contaminated river floodplains and irrigated rice paddies.

Ruben Kretzschmar has authored or co-authored more than 150 research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, several review articles and book chapters, and one of the leading textbooks in Soil Science.

Course Catalogue

Autumn Semester 2017

Number Unit
701-0419-01L Seminar for Bachelor Students: Biogeochemistry 
701-0501-AAL Pedosphere 
701-0501-00L Pedosphere 
701-0533-00L Soil Chemistry 
701-1302-00L Term Paper 2: Seminar 
701-1303-00L Term Paper 1: Writing 
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