Prof. Balz Kamber
- Deputy Director
Prof. Kamber is deputy Director of iCRAG and co-lead on the supply of raw materials research challenge iCRAG’s geochemistry enabling methodology. Prof. Kamber’s research concerns itself with the large-scale elemental cycles on Earth. The overall goal of his studies is to reconstruct how critical elements were cycled between the solid Earth, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere and the biosphere. The interaction between these spheres is not only interesting in the context of climate change and pollution, but when reconstructed from ancient rocks, allows us to better understand the mutual influence of physical parameters (such as radioactive heat), biologic evolution and atmospheric composition. Prof. Kamber’s research therefore also contributes to the true sustainability of modern society, whose welfare relies on an ever-increasing number of elements that fuel technological innovation.