12/2017 DFG-ANR TiMEleSS project

The DFG and French ANR have founded the collaborative project TiMEleSS (Phase Transformations, Microstructures, and their Seismic Signals from the Earth’s mantle) between the Institut für Mineralogie and the Institut für Geophysik of WWU Münster, the University of Lille and GFZ Potsdam. Starting in March 2018, the project will explore the link between microstructures, phase transitions and seismic structures in the deep Earth mantle using a combination of advanced X-ray diffraction methods at synchrotron radiation sources, in-house experimental facilities, and collaboration with seismologists.

Additional information about the project and the open positions can be found at:

TRR 170 - cycling team "mineralogie.planetologie" succesful at Giro

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The TRR 170 - cycling team "mineralogie.planetologie" made an amazing first place in the (inofficial) category "unshaven geoscientists, age group over 30 but under 46" in the Münsterland Giro. Congratulations :-)

Heitfeld Prize 2017 for Dr. Rebecca Bast, Dr. Tobias Grützner and Simone Gerber

© WWU/P. Leßmann (v.l.: Dekan Prof. Dr. Harald Strauß, Dr. Rebecca Bast, Dr. Tobias Grützner, Simone Gerber, Prof. Ralf Thomas Becker und Rektor Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels)

The Institute of Geology and Paleontology has honered three graduates with the Heitfeld Prize of the "Hildegard und Karl-Heinrich Heitfeld Stiftung". Two of them are from the Institute of Mineralogy, Dr. Rebecca Bast and Dr. Tobias Grützner, they have each received a 1,000 Euro Prize for their dissertations.

  • Rebecca Bast investigated in her dissertaion why different decay systems for meteorites yield contradictory age indications. She found out that terrestrial weathering and contamination could have altered the age information stored in the samples.
  • In his doctoral thesis, Tobias Grützner investigated the incorporation of fluorine into the minerals olivine, wadsleyite and clinohumite found in the earth's mantle. The results of his work support an understanding of the fluorcircuit in the earth's interior, thus providing another possibility for the investigation of fluorine-rich volcanism.
The Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences, Prof. Dr. Harald Strauß, handed over the awards on Thursday 20. July. Congratulations