Theme Resources

To meet the increasing demand of raw materials, exploration and characterization of deposits of elemental and energy raw materials are necessary. Research activities are off- and onshore field-related studies on deposits, simulation of genesis in our laboratories and on regenerative energies.

 

 

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Ore genesis
 
Assured mineral resources are finite, knowledge of ore genesis is of crucial importance.

Metallogenic investigations of e.g., seafloor massive sulfides from fossil and modern hydrothermal vent fields at spreading ridge settings in respect to their mineralogy, (in situ) geochemistry and (in situ) isotope systematics in combination with experimental studies to obtain missing thermodynamic data and to better understand interactions between e.g., sulfides and hydrothermal fluids allow geochemical reaction-path modelling and thus time-resolved ore genesis theories.

Contact:
Workgroup Experimental and Theoretical Petrology, Prof. Dr. A. Holzheid

 

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Tailor-made alternative materials of critical raw materials
 
Securing the supply of economically critical raw materials is an important task.

Basic sciences on nano-composite ceramics allow syntheses of structurally controlled nano-polycrystalline materials with excellent mechanical and optical properties from geomaterials. Those nano-polycrystalline geomaterials are independent of the world market and potentially suitable to replace economically critical metallic raw materials, which are often required for the production of particularly mechanically resistant materials.

Contact:
Workgroup Experimental and Theoretical Petrology, Prof. Dr. A. Holzheid

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