PhD Christian Renggli
© Christian Renggli
PhD Christian Renggli
Swiss National Science Foundation Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow
Room 105
Tel: +49 251 83-33452
Fax: +49 251 83-38397

Research interests

My main research interest lies in applying experimental methods to understand high-temperature gas-solid reactions on Earth and other planetary bodies. I investigate the reaction of S-bearing gases with melts, glasses and rocks. This experimental work addresses fundamental questions of how chemical elements are mobilized and deposited in ore forming magmatic systems and in explosive volcanic eruptions, and also how surfaces of other S-rich planetary bodies, such as Mercury, are modified. Furthermore, I conduct experiments to investigate the transport of metals in volcanic gas, and how volatile elements (H, S, Cl, F and C) control the volatility, degassing behavior from silicate melts and deposition of trace metals.

• Gas-solid reactions at high temperatures in Earth and planetary systems
• Volcanic gas compositions and properties
• Metal transport in the gas phase
• Volatilization of metals
• Experimental petrology


2014 - 2018 PhD, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
2011 - 2013 Master of Science in Geomaterials and Geochemistry, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany
2007 - 2010 Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland


• Renggli C.J., King P.L., Henley R.W., Guagliardo P., McMorrow L., Middleton J., Turner, M. (2019) An experimental study of SO2 reactions with silicate glasses and supercooled melts in the system anorthite-diopside-albite at high temperature. Contrib. Mineral. Petrol. 174, 3–21.
• Renggli C.J., Palm A.B., King P.L., Guagliardo P. (2019) Implications of reactions between SO2 and basaltic glasses for the mineralogy of planetary crusts. JGR Planets 124.
• Renggli C.J., King P.L. (2018) SO2 gas reactions with silicate glasses. Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry, 84:229-256.
• Palm A.B., King P.L., Renggli C.J., Hervig R.L., Dalby K.N., Herring A., Mernagh T.P., Eggins S.M., Troitzsch U., Beeching L., Kinsley L., Guagliardo P. (2018) Unravelling the consequences for SO2-basalt reactions for geochemical fractionation and mineral formation. Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry, 84:229-256.
• King P.L., Wheeler V.W., Renggli C.J., Palm A.B., Wilson S.A., Harrison A.L., Morgan B., Nekvasil H., Troitzsch U., Mernagh T., Yue L., Bayon A., DiFrancesco N.J., Baile R., Kreider P., Lipiński W. (2018) Gas-Solid Reactions: Theory, experiments, and case studies relevant to Earth and planetary processes. Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry, 84:257-284.
• Dalby, K.N., Mernagh, T.P., King, P.L., Hervig, R.L., Berger J.A., Brand, H.E.A., Eder, K. Eggins, S.M., Herring, A., Krieder P.B., Palm A.B., Renggli, C.J., Troitzsch, U., Yue, L. (2018) Analytical techniques for probing small-scale layers that preserve information on gas-solid interactions. Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry, 84:103-176.
• Henley, R.W., Brink, F.J., King, P.L., Leys, C., Ganguly, J., Mernagh, T., Middleton, J., Renggli, C.J., Sieber, M., Troitzsch, U., Turner, M. (2017) Reactive mass transport and sulfation reactions in the development of calc-silicate Cu-Au skarn mineralization; Ertsberg, West Papua, Indonesia. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 172:106.
• Renggli, C.J., King, P.L., Henley, R.W., Norman, M.D. (2017) Volcanic gas composition, metal dispersion and deposition during explosive volcanic eruptions on the Moon. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 206, 296-311.
• Renggli, C.J., Wiesmaier, S., De Campos, C.P., Hess, K.-U., Dingwell, D.B. (2016) Magma mixing induced by particle settling. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 171:96.
• Henley, R.W., King, P.L., Wykes, J.L., Renggli, C.J., Brink, F.J., Clark, D.A., Troitzsch, U. (2015) Porphyry copper deposit formation by sub-volcanic sulphur dioxide flux and chemisorption. Nature Geoscience, 8, 210-215.
• Wiesmaier, S., Morgavi, D., Renggli, C.J., Perugini, D., De Campos, C., Hess, K.-W., Ertel-Ingrisch, W., Lavallee, Y., Dingwell, D.B. (2015) Magma mixing enhanced by bubble segregation. Solid Earth, 6, 1007-1023.

Conference abstracts

• Renggli C.J., Klemme S., Morlok A., Stojic A., Weber I., Hiesinger H. (2018) Experimental investigation of the alteration of the surface of Mercury by sulfur-rich high temperature gases. AGU Fall Meeting, abstract P31G-3776.
• Renggli C.J., Klemme S. (2019) Apollo 16 "rusty rock" alteration by metal transport and deposition from an experimental fumarolic gas. Goldschmidt Abstracts.
• Renggli C.J., King P.L. (2018) Simulation of basaltic glass alteration by hot magmatic gas. Goldschmidt Abstracts.
• Palm A.B., King P.L., Renggli C.J., Eggins S., Guagliardo P. (2018) A new pathway for chemical fractionation resulting from SO2-basaltic glass reactions. Goldschmidt Abstracts.
• King P.L. Renggli C.J., Palm A.B. (2018) Effect of reactive gases on crust & ocean compositions on Earth and Mars. Goldschmidt Abstracts.
• Mernagh T., Palm A.B., Renggli C.J., King P.L. (2018) Raman and infrared studies of gas-solid reactions between SO2 and basaltic glasses. Goldschmidt Abstracts.
• Renggli C.J., King P.L. (2018) An experimental investigation of reactions between SO2 and anorthite-diopside glasses. EGU General Assembly, abstract X2.295.
• Renggli C.J., King P.L., Henley R.W. (2016) Metal transport and deposition in lunar fire fountain eruption. 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1903, p. 1760.
• King P.L., Renggli C.J., Henley R.W. and Hervig R.L., (2016) A demonstration of rapid SO2-glass reactions and their mechanisms. Poster presented at: TIGeR Conference, Rock alteration in the upper crust: Element mobility and concentration, Curtin University, 33-34.
• Renggli C.J., King P.L. and Henley R.W., (2016) Transport of gaseous metals and deposition of metal sulfides and salts in lunar fire fountain eruptions, Poster presented at: TIGeR Conference, Rock alteration in the upper crust: Element mobility and concentration, Curtin University, 59
• Renggli C.J., King P.L., Henley R.W. (2015) A thermochemical comparison of metal transport, speciation and condensation in a lunar volcanic gas and a terrestrial volcanic gas. Poster presented at: 15th Australian Space Research Conference, Canberra, Australia.
• Renggli C.J., King P.L., Henley R.W. (2015) A new model for volcanic gas compositions in lunar fire fountain eruptions. Goldschmidt Abstracts, 2616.
• Wiesmaier S., Morgavi D., Renggli C.J., De Campus C., Hess K.U., Ertel-Ingrisch W., Lavallee Y., Dingwell D.B. (2014) Magma mixing enhanced by bubble segregation. AGU Fall Meeting, abstract V51C-4784.
• King P.L., Henley R.W., Wykes J.L., Renggli C.J., Troitzsch U., Clark D., O’Neill H.S. (2014) The role of gas-silicate chemisorption reactions in modifying planetary crusts and surfaces. AGU Fall Meeting, abstract V31A-4717.
• Renggli C.J., Wiesmaier S., De Campos C.P., Ertel-Ingrisch W., Dingwell D.B. (2013) Melt interfaces during magma mixing: an experimental approach. Talk given at: DMG & GV joint meeting, GEOFLUIDS: lubricants of the Dynamic Earth, Tübingen, Germany.
• Wiesmaier S., Morgavi D., Perugini D., Renggli C.J., De Campos C.P., Hess K-W., Lavallee Y., Dingwell D.B. (2013) The role of bubble ascent in magma mixing. Poster presented at: IAVCEI, Forecasting Volcanic Activity, Kagoshima, Japan.

Other Publications

• King P.L., Kirby R.S., Loiselle L.M., Pure L.R., Renggli C.J., 2015. Suggestions for applying for a Master's or PhD degree. Elements, 11 (1), February, 7-8.
• Renggli C.J., Armbruster T., 2011, Weinstein – ein besonderer Kristall. Schweizer Strahler, 27-30.