04/24 Secretariat momentarily closed

The secretariat of the institute will be staffed again from 29.05.2024. If you have any questions before then, please contact the relevant person at the Institute directly. You can find their contact information under:

03/24 We congratulate Christine Putnis for receiving the title of Geochemistry Fellow!

We congratulate Christine Putnis for receiving the title of Geochemistry Fellow! This title is bestowed by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical society upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry. Awards are made on the basis of a core value to recognise sustained scientific excellence and eminence. We are proud to work with such an influential scientist! If you want to learn more about the European Association of Geochemistry, about the Geochemical Society or about the Geochemistry Fellow Honor you can follow the links.

01/24 Nature Communications Paper by Christian Vollmer 

Congratulations to Christian Vollmer on his paper in Nature Communications entitled: "High-spatial resolution functional chemistry of nitrogen compounds in the observed UK meteorite fall Winchcombe". Click here for the detailed press release of the university and here for the paper.

© Pilar Valsera Moreno

01/24 Michael Bröcker retires

After more than 30 years of loyalty, Michael Bröcker is leaving the institute for his well-deserved retirement. We wish him all the best and will miss him dearly!

01/24 Colloquium date postponed

The colloquium date with Audrey Bouvier on 11.01.2024 has been postponed to 11.04.2024 due to the rail strike.

11/2023 Welcome Dr. Vincent Clesi

We welcome Dr. Vincent Clesi as new postdoctoral researcher in the mineralogy group (AG Sanchez-Valle). Vincent will investigate the mobility of carbonate-rich melts in the upper mantle conditions.

10/23 New colloqium dates

There are new colloquium dates for this semester:

Colloqium dates
Date Speaker Title
02.11.23 Lucie Tajcmanova

“Quantification of microscale processes

in metamorphic rocks”


Jean-Philippe Perrillat

“High pressure transitions of olivine,

thickness of seismic  discontinuities

and attenuation"

30.11.23 Giulio Borghini Unraveling the origin and scale of mantle heterogeneities by field-based studies and experiments

Jörg Hermann

"Dehydration of ultramafic rocks and

continental crust formation”



New Date:


Audrey Bouvier tba
25.01.24 Daniel Weidendorfer tba

The colloqiums take place at 2:15 p.m. in room 112 at Corrensstr. 24.
An overview of all dates can be found here.

10/2023 Welcome Daria Diagileva and Lauren Jennings

We welcome Daria Diagileva as new PhD student in the Mineralogy group, supported by SPP2238 DOME[C1] , ‘Dynamics of Ore Metals Enrichment’. More information about the program can be found here

We also welcome Lauren Jennings as a new PhD student. She will be working intensively on the mantle of Venus.

09/2023 Welcome Dr. Chao Wang

We welcome Dr. Chao Wang as the first Münster Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowships in Geosciences. Dr. Chao will join the mineralogy group to investigate the composition of subduction zone fluids.

09/23 ERC Starting Grant for Edgar Steenstra

Congratulation to Edgar Steenstra, who got funded with an ERC starting grant. Edgar will take the grant to TU Delft in the Netherlands. We wish him all the best for the future.

09/23 Service anniversary Andrew Hardes

Andrew Hardes has been with the university for 40 years. As a friendly face in the electronic workshop of the institute, he is indispensable! Congratulations on the service anniversary and we are happy to have him with us!

8/2023 Farewell Dr. Peter Schmid-Beurmann

After 18 years as senior researcher in Crystallography-Mineralogy, and as Mineralogy Curator at the Geomuseum, Dr. Peter Schmid-Beurmann retired in August 2023. Congratulations and all the best for the future. 

07/23 Welcome Artur Wins

We look forward to welcoming Artur Wins to the Institute of Mineralogy! In the future, he will support the institute as part of the team in the electrical workshop.

07/23 Paul Niggli Medal 2023 - Chris Renggli

Our congratulations go to Christian Renggli, who is the recipient of the Paul Niggli Medal for the year 2023. The Paul NIggli Medal is one of the most prestigious price for early career researchers in Switzerland. He will receive the medal at the Swiss Geoscience meeting in Medrisio (CH).

06/2023 Welcome Niccolò Satta

We are happy to welcome Niccolò Satta at the Institute of Mineralogy! He will support the institute as a temporary academic advisor in experimental mineral physics.

05/2023 Welcome Pilar Valsera Moreno and Camilla Sani

We welcome Pilar Valsera Moreno as a new doctoral student in the Mineralogy group. We also welcome Camilla Sani as a new post-doc in Andreas Stracke's working group!