Our research and education activities concentrate on mineralogical process and reactions in natural and technical systems. Based on the formation and modification of hard rocks, we study their chemical and mineralogical composition and the possibilities of their use as resources and materials.
Research is aimed at enhancing the understanding of the processes taking place in the Earth’s crust and using this knowledge for the needs of everyday life, for example in the area of properties of mineral materials. This requires on-site work as well as experimental studies and the transfer of this know-how to application-specific problems.
Being a close-to-application division of the Institute of Applied Geosciences, we study the influence of CO2 on the mineralogical composition and, hence, on the stability of fault zones in cap rock formations of underground CO2 stores under the joint project “CO2 impact on fault zones in cap rocks”.
In cooperation with KIT’s Research Sector and private industry, we strive for an optimized use of minerals as resources, for instance for mold construction, by specifically controlling mineralogical modifications and reactions and, hence, adapting technical properties to the needs of industrial application.
Successful exploration of mineral resources requires a broad understanding of the formation of these inventories. Among others, gold and non-ferrous metals, non-sulfide zinc metallization, and Fe-P-REE(U) reservoirs are studied in the field of deposit research. Our regional focus is lying on Iran at the moment.
Our teaching and research activities result in a number of contact points with other materials sciences and application.
Apart from teaching and research, our group is responsible for the conception and implementation of the “Applied Geosciences” bachelor and master programs introduced in 2006.