Natalie TEPE, PhD 
University Assistant

currently on maternity leave

Research interests

Fate of natural and engineered nanoparticles in aquatic systems, Interactions between natural nanoparticles and particle-reactive elements (such as rare earth elements and high-field-strength elements) in natural waters, Water quality, Development of characterization methods for nanomaterials

Curriculum vitae

Since March 2016: Post Doc at University of Vienna, Department of Environmental Geosciences

2010-2016: PhD studies at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany), Department of Physics and Earth Sciences
Thesis: “Rare earth elements and Yttrium (REY) in natural waters and the potential impact of polar rivers on the REY distribution in seawater”

2005-2010: Diploma student at University of Kiel (Germany), Department of Geosciences
Thesis: “Climate reconstruction of the Bengal Bay”


Tepe, N. and Bau, M. (2015): Distribution of rare earth elements and other high field strength elements in glacial meltwaters and sediments from the western Greenland Ice Sheet: Evidence for different sources of particles and nanoparticles. Chemical Geology 412, 59-68.

Tepe., N., 
Romero, M. and Bau, M. (2014): High-technology metals as emerging contaminants: Strong increase of anthropogenic gadolinium levels in tap water of Berlin, Germany, from 2009 to 2012. Applied Geochemistry 45, 191-197.

Tepe, N. and Bau, M. (2014): Importance of nanoparticles and colloids for riverine transport of volcanic ash-derived trace elements to the ocean: Evidence from meltwater rivers after the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Iceland. Science of the Total Environment 488-489, 241-251.

Bau, M., 
Tepe, N. and Mohwinkel, D. (2013): Siderophore-promoted transfer of rare earth elements and iron from volcanic ash into glacial meltwater, river and ocean water. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 364, 30-36.