Section 3.3 Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials
Head of Section: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich
We investigate the chemical and physical properties of minerals and, by extension, the rocks that they make up. These investigations include detailed analyses of phase transformations and the reactions between different minerals. On a larger scale these investigations expand to include geochemical cycles and the significance of fluids and melts in the Earth’s crust, mantle, and subduction zones. For this purpose, we apply a variety of instruments with which we can study the behavior of minerals, rocks, fluids, and melts over a large range of temperatures and pressures ranging from the near upper crust to the lower mantle. These include special analytical instruments with which we can characterize geomaterials in great detail on scales ranging from millimeters down to Angstroms.
Structures and Properties of Crystals under extrem high pressures and temperatures"