About us: Team & Partners

The company was established in September 1999 as MSA (Microscopic Substance Analyses) by the outsourcing of the department “lignite quality” of LAUBAG AG (today part of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG, briefly: LEAG). Since that time, the analyses of lignite quality for the lignite deposits of the Lausitz mining district are one of the main activities of the company.

Taking into account the internationalization of our clients, mainly driven by worldwide archeometric investigations with the involvement of the new branch in Tübingen, the company's name was changed to LAOP (Laboratories for Applied Organic Petrology). In the following years the company grew due to a diversification of tasks and has by now 10 employees at its branches in Lauta and Tübingen.

Team


Ansprechpartner
Claudia NiemzGeologist

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Education:

  • Study of Geology, Bergakademie Freiberg

Range of activities:

As business executive Claudia takes care of all administrative tasks and a trouble-free routine. She is also in charge of quality analyses using microscopy.

Specialization:

  • Geology of fuels
  • Microscopy of lignite and its refined products
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Monika MeuselGeologist

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Education: 

  • Geology technician, ZAS Johanngeorgenstadt
  • Studies at the Technical College of Geology, Bergakademie Freiberg

Range of activities:

As head of laboratory Monika is the contact person for all questions about processing and preparation of samples and cuticular analyses.

Specialization:

  • Organic petrology (lignite)
  • Preparation of polished sections
  • Maceration and specimen preparation
  • Cuticular analysis
  • Sampling
  • Storage
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Ansprechpartner
Dr. Bertrand LigouisDr. en Sciences de la Terre

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Education:

  • Studies and PhD in Earth Science, Université            d´Orléans, France
  • Director of the Research Laboratory of Organic Petrology (University Tübingen)
  • Research Associate Department of Geology, Geochemistry, Oil and Coal Deposits, RWTH Aachen

Range of activities:

Bertrand is the director of the Laboratory for Applied Organic Petrology (LAOP) in Tübingen. He is specialized in petrography of coals and oil shales. His innovative research activities in the development and the application of organic petrological methods in archeology, pedology and environmental science attract attention worldwide.

Specialization:

  • Coal- and oil-gas-geology
  • Organic petrology
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Frank BretschneiderGeologist

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Education:

  • Studies of Chemistry, TU Chemnitz
  • Studies of Geology/Paleontology (basic course), TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Studies of Geology (main course), University Marburg

Range of activities:

Franks main area of activity is the deposit modeling in terms of lignite quality for the main seam at the surface mine Nochten. Besides he is engaged in in-field X-ray fluorescence analyses as well as scanning electron microscopy.

Specialization:

  • Macro petrography of lignite
  • Geochemistry of sediments
  • Deposit modeling
  • Radiation protection officer
  • Certified rope access technician
  • Scanning electron microscopy
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Martin PfeifferGeologist

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Education:

  • Studies of Geology/Paleontology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Range of activities:

Martin deals with the lignite geology at the surface mine Reichwalde. Further he is certified as rope access technician.

Specialization:

  • Petrology
  • Geology of mineral deposits and geology of fuels
  • Macro petrography of lignite
  • Certified rope access technician
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Nora PfeifferGeologist

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Education:

  • Studies of Geology/Paleontology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Range of activities:

In addition to her professional discipline microscopy, Nora is one of the company's radiation protection officers.

Specialization:

  • Geology of mineral deposits
  • Sedimentology
  • Volcanology
  • Petrology
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Silvio PauluschTechnician - Geology

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Education:

  • Carpenter and furniture maker

Range of activities:

As person responsible for our core logging facility in Schwarze Pumpe Silvio guarantees a trouble-free geological routine. Moreover he is a highly experienced sampler and supports us in many ways using his craftsmanship.

Specialization:

  • Skilled sampler
  • Equipment manager
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Danny LehmannTechnician - Geology

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Education:

  • Construction material tester

Range of activities:

Danny, who reinforces our team in rope-supported work, is experienced both as sampler and as assistant in field geology. Furthermore he has a profound knowledge of soil mechanics.

Specialization:

  • Many years of experience in a geotechnical test laboratory
  • Certified rope access technician
  • Skilled sampler 
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Gerrit KnapeGeoscientist

Tel.: +49 (0) 35722 952701

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Education:

  • Studies of Geosciences, Leibniz University of Hannover

Range of activities:

Gerrit is responsible for lignite quality modeling of the upper seam in the surface mine Nochten. As certified rope access technician he is also involved in mapping of the main seam Nochten. Further he supports the sampling and mapping in the surface mine Jänschwalde.

Specialization:

  • Sedimentation systems
  • Geology of mineral deposits
  • Macro petrography of lignite
  • Certified rope access technician
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Daniela FockeGeologist

Tel.: +49 (0) 35722 952701

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Education:

  • Studies of Geology/Paleontology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Range of activities:

Daniela is responsible for sample preparation and analysis of light and heavy minerals as well as for issues of scanning electron microscopy. In addition evaluation and modeling of geological data belong to her tasks.

Specialization:

  • Geology of mineral deposits
  • Petrology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Engineering geology
  • Heavy mineral analysis
  • Scanning electron microscopy

     

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Partners

Universität Tübingen

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Brunnen- und Bohrlochinspektion GmbH

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Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe

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Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

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DR. HANS KORTE Innovationsberatung Holz & Fasern

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GEOmontan Gesellschaft für angewandte Geologie mbH Freiberg

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Dr. Georg Szczendzina

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IWB Dresden

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Lausitzer Analytik GmbH

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Mikro Kern Systeme für Mikrotechnik

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PELCON Materials & Testing ApS

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Steinmüller Engineering

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UBeRU - Umweltberatung Rutsch

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LAUTECH GmbH

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Cahya Mata Sarawak

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RWE Power

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Apikal Anlagenbau GmbH

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DMT Group

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PEWO Energietechnik GmbH

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Freistaat Sachsen

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Membership

Geokompetenzzentrum Freiberg e.V.

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektronenmikroskopie

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European Microscopy Society

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Bund Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e.V.

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Our locations
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Our locations

INA, Rümelinstraße 23
72070 TÜBINGEN

Phone:+49 (0) 7071 2974688
Fax:+49 (0) 7071 295727
E-Mail:bertrand.ligouis@uni-tuebingen.de

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Straße der Freundschaft 92
02991 LAUTA

Phone:+49 (0) 35722 91180
Fax:+49 (0) 35722 91181
E-Mail:info@laop-consult.de

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