Prof. Dr. Astrid Holzheid, Academic staff

Academic staff | Institute of Geosciences

Prof. Dr. Astrid Holzheid (Germany, 1968)

founding member

PhD University of Cologne, (Habilitation: University of Münster)
Research area Experimental and theoretical petrology
Scientific Education

Habilitation in Petrology-Mineralogy, University Münster, Germany.

Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat), University of Köln, Germany.

‘Diplom’ in Mineralogy (equivalent to M.Sc.).

Study of Geology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

Study of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Mainz, Germany.

Scientific experience

Since 11.2006
Full professor (W3) for Experimental and Theoretical Petrology, Institute of Geosciences, University of Kiel.

C2-Scientist, University Münster, Germany; C2 positions in Germany are equivalent to associate professorships.

C1-Scientist, University Münster, Germany; C1 positions in Germany are equivalent to assistant professorships

Young Scientist Award of the German Mineralogical Society (Viktor-Moritz-Goldschmidt-Preis der DMG).

Student award of the German Mineralogical Society (Paul-Ramdohr-Buchpreis der DMG).

Postdoctoral Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.

Research Associate, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Bayreuth, Germany.

Research Associate, University of Köln, Germany.

Selected publications

Gaida, N.A., Nishiyama, N., Masuno, A., Holzheid, A., Ohfuji, H., Schürmann, U., Szillus, Ch., Kulik, E., Bednarcik, J., Beermann, O., Giehl, Ch., Kienle, L. (2017) Synthesis of Al2O3/SiO2 nano-nano composite ceramics under high pressure and its inverse Hall-Petch behavior. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 100, 323–332, DOI: 10.1111/jace.14551.

Holzheid, A. (2016) Dissolution kinetics of selected natural minerals relevant to potential CO2-injection sites - Part 2: dissolution and alteration of carbonates and feldspars in CO2-bearing brines. Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry 76, 643–657, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemer.2016.09.008.

Holzheid, A. (2016) Dissolution kinetics of selected natural minerals relevant to potential CO2-injection sites - Part 1: a review. Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry 76, 621–641, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemer.2016.09.007

Golowin, R., Holzheid, A., Sönnichsen, F.D., and Chukanov, N.V. (2014) Formation of solid bituminous matter in pegmatites: constraints from experimentally formed organic matter on microporous silicate minerals. Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry, 74, 343-351, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemer.2013.08.006.

Kahl, W.-A., Hinkes, R., Feeser, V. and Holzheid, A. (2013) Microfabric and anisotropy of elastic waves in sandstone: an observation using high-resolution X-ray microtomography. Journal of Structural Geology, 49, 35-49.

Bauer, S., Class, H., Ebert, M., Feeser, V., Götze, H., Holzheid, A., Kolditz, O., Rosenbaum, S., Rabbel, W., Schäfer, D. and Dahmke, A. (2012) Modeling, parameterization and evaluation of monitoring methods for CO2 storage in deep saline formations: the CO2-MoPa project. Environmental Earth Sciences, 67, 351-367, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-012-1707-y

Kusebauch, Ch., Holzheid, A., Garbe-Schönberg, C.-D.: Hydrothermal alteration of basalt by seawater and resulting formation of secondary minerals - An electron microprobe study. In: Minerals as Advanced Materials II (ed. S.V. Krivovitchev), Springer publisher (Berlin, Heidelberg), announced date of publication: August 2011

Rubie, D.C., Frost, D.J., Mann, U., Asahara, Y., Tsuno, K., Nimmo, F., Kegler, Ph., Holzheid, A., Palme, H.: Heterogeneous accretion, composition and core-mantle differentiation of the Earth. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 301, 31-42, 2011

Holzheid, A.: Separation of sulfide melt droplets in sulfur saturated silicate liquids. Chemical Geology 274: 127-135.

Kegler, Ph., Holzheid, A., Frost, D. J., Rubie, D. C., Dohmen, R., Palme, H.: New Ni and Co partition data and their relevance for an early terrestrial magma ocean. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 268: 28-40.

Holzheid, A., Palme, H.: The formation of eucrites: Constraints from metal-silicate partition coefficients. Meteoritics and Planet. Sci. 42: 1817-1829.

Holzheid, A., Grove, T. L.: The effect of metal composition on Fe-Ni partition behavior between oli­vine and FeNi-metal, FeNi-carbide, FeNi-sul­fide at elevated pressure. Chemical Geology 221, 207-224.

Bockrath, C., Ballhaus, C., Holzheid, A.: A mechanism for the fractionation of highly siderophile elements during mantle melting. Science 305, 1951-1953, 2004

Holzheid, A. and Grove, T.L.: Sulfide saturation limits in silicate melts and their implications to core formation scenarios for terrestrial planets. American Mineralogist 87, 227-237, 2002

McSween, Jr., H.Y., Grove, T.L., Lentz, R.C.F., Dann, J.C., Holzheid, A., Riciputi, L.R., Ryan, J.G.: Geochemical evidence for magmatic water within Mars from pyroxenes in the Shergotty meteorite. Nature 409, 487-490, 2001

Holzheid, A., Sylvester, P., O'Neill, H.St.C., Rubie, D.C., Palme, H.: Evidence for the addition of a late chondritic veneer to the Earth from high pressure partitioning of Pd and Pt. Nature 406, 396-399, 2000

Walter, M.J., Newsom, H.E., Ertel, W., Holzheid, A.: Siderophile lements in the Earth and Moon: metal-silicate partitioning and implications for core formation. In: Origin of the Earth and Moon (eds. R. Canup and K. Righter), pp. 235-289, University of Arizona Press, 2000


Since 2017
member of the ad hoc DFG Review Board of the priority program ‘International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)’

Since 2013
member of the ad hoc DFG Review Board of the priority program ‘International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP)’

Since 2012
member of the editorial board of 'Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry'

Since 2012-2016
member of the DFG (German Science Foundation) Review Board 316 ‘Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Crystallography’

Since 2012-2015
president (2013, 2014) and vice-president (2012, 2015) of the German Mineralogical Society

Since 2008-2014
member of the scientific advisory council of the GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences / Helmholtz Centre Potsdam


In progress
Gaida, Nico: Synthetic nanocomposite ceramics - tailored alternative materials of high-pressure minerals

Gellissen, Marko: Origin of volatile element depletion in the Earth

Scholten, Lea: Solubility and complexation of nickel in hydrothermal fluids at conditions relevant for ore formation processes

Gentz, Malte: Geochemical behavior of Mn, Cr and V in planetary basalts

Langer, Julia: Phase stabilities of ?-Si3N4 and ?-Ge3N4 at elevated temperatures and pressures - Master Thesis

Rachid Benaouda (until January 2015):Origin of REE mineralization at Jbel Boho volcano, Anti-Atlas, Morocco

Arzi, Lisa: Hydrothermal alteration of gabbro at pressure and temperature conditions of submarine hydrothermal systems - Bachelor Thesis

Gaida, Nico: Nanocrystalline composite ceramics synthesized by high-pressure crystallization of amorphous materials - Master Thesis

Scholten, Lea: Transport processes in hydrothermally formed sulfide ore deposits: solubility and complexation of copper and nickel in hydrothermal fluids - Master Thesis

Diedenhoven, Lisa: Alteration of Calcite as result of an interaction with CO2-bearing saline fluid phases at elevated temperatures - Bachelor Thesis

Martens, Franziska: Evaporation and re-condensation of alkali elements in silicate melts: implications for depletion of volatile elements in the inner solar system - Bachelor Thesis

Meier zu Beerentrup, Kerstin: Evaporation of Na, K, and Mn in synthetic silicate melts at controlled pressure and redox conditions: implications for alkali/Mn-ratios of solid matter in the inner solar system - Bachelor Thesis

Meister, Philip: Metal-silicate partitioning of Fe, Mn and Cr: an experimental study - Bachelor Thesis

Beier, Katja: CO2-sequestration on laboratory scale: Geochemical interactions between injected CO2, saline fluid phases, and potential reservoir materials.

Schächinger, Steffen: Determination of heat of formation of solid phases formed during clinker brick fabrication and cement hydration based on high temperature solution calorimeter measurements - Diploma thesis

Schlüter, Frederic: Evaporation of the alkali elements Na and K in silicate melts: implication for models of depletion of volatile lithophile elements in the Earth? - Bachelor Thesis

Pape, Jonas: Trace element abundances in gabbroic rocks of the Oman-ophiolite: indication of seawater induced anatexis? - Bachelor Thesis

Schink, Wilhelm: REE Mineralization in Quartz-Carbonate-veins of the Early Cambrian Jbel Boho volcano, Anti-Atlas, Morocco - Bachelor Thesis

Golowin, Roman: The formation of solid bituminous phases on microporous Ti-Nb-Silicates: an experimental approach - Bachelor Thesis

Kusebauch, Christof: Water-rock interaction in hydrothermal systems and the influence on fluid chemistry - Diploma thesis

Schattel, Nadine: Bubbles in pumice: 3-D imaging of the bubble geometry by computer tomography and their correlation with physico-chemical parameters of the pumice - Bachelor Thesis

Jörn Hövelmann (Bachelor Thesis, Münster, 2006): Spurenelementanalytik an geowissenschaftlichen Proben mittels LA-ICP-MS - Optimierung eines Aufschmelzverfahrens zur Herstellung von Gläsern aus Gesteinspulver.

Philip Kegler (PhD Thesis, Köln, 2005): Metall/Silikat Verteilungsverhalten von Nickel und Kobalt in Abhängigkeit von Druck und Temperatur: Implikationen für planetare Differentiationsprozesse; summa cum laude

Charlotte Ockert (Bachelor Thesis, Münster, 2005): Bestimmung von Laserablationsraten an geowissenschaftlich relevanten Materialien.

Jörg Elis Hofmann (Bachelor Thesis, Münster, 2004): Separation silikatischer Schmelzen mit Hilfe eines Zentrifugenofens.

Cornelia Bockrath (PhD Thesis, Münster, 2004): Fraktionierungsmechanismen der Platingruppen-Elemente im Erdmantel; summa cum laude.

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