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Dr. Hans Joachim Mueller

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Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)
Institute of Applied Geosciences (AGW)
Adenauerring 20b, D-76131 Karlsruhe

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Geophysical large volume high pressure research in conjunction with light and neutron sources
  • High pressure ultrasonic interferometry
  • High pressure falling sphere viscosimetry
  • Seismic attenuation
  • Elastic and inelastic properties of natural rocks and its artificial representatives under extreme conditions
  • Experimental investigation of elastic properties in the seismic frequency range by the LVP deformation technique
  • Multi-staging in DIA-type LVPs – bridging the pressure gap between large volume and diamond anvil cell hp technology
  • Comparative study of long term climate development of terrestrial planets and Earth
  • Development and political enforcement of real negative emissions on planet Earth before the ongoing climate change gets irreversibly

Current Projects

  • Cooperation with Macquarie University and Australian Synchrotron (ANSTO) for establishing of new LVP-beamlines
  • Research for real large scale negative emissions technologies


Completed Projects

  • Petrophysikalisch-mineralogische Untersuchungen zur Teufenvariation der Granite des Erzgebirges als Beitrag zur stofflichen Interpretation des Profils DEKORP 3 (DFG)
  • Experimental study on petrophysical properties of thickened continental crust using fennoscandian granulite facies rocks
  • Experimentelle Untersuchungen zu den petrophysikalischen Eigenschaften im Verlauf der Dehydratisation amphibolitfazieller Gesteine – Fallstudien zur „kalten Subduktion“
  • Experimental study on petrophysical properties in the course of CO2-induced dehydration of amphibolite
  • Quantitative relation between compressional and shear wave velocities and material state of granulite and eclogite facies rocks near high pressure partial melting conditions – sample sites at Lapland Granulite Belt, Saxonian Erzgebirge, Canadian Shield, China
  • Dissipation of partial melts and its influence to elastic wave velocities (vp, vs) in granites under high pressure conditions – sample sites at Himalaya and Saxonian Erzgebirge
  • Experimental investigation of sensitivity ranges of elastic, electrical and thermal rock properties under process conditions near partial melting by simultaneous measurement of more than one physical property
  • Spinels at elevated pressure and temperature: linking the gap between geo- and material-scientific projects (DFG Schwerpunkt)
  • Transient measurements under simulated Earth’s mantle conditions
  • Studying the correlation between structure and matter in the course of geodynamically relevant phase transitions under simulated Earth’s mantle conditions
  • Structure and properties of deep Earth and planetary materials under extreme pressure – temperature conditions. From static towards dynamic experiments
  • Studying the physical properties of melts and partial molten polymineral assemblages under simulated Earth’s mantle conditions
  • Dependence of elastic and inelastic properties of natural rocks and similar polymineral assemblages on frequency and deformation under simulated Earth’s lower mantle conditions
  • LVP experiments on the phase diagram of NiSi to 19 GPa and preliminary results to 60 GPa
  • Using slotted carbide anvils for improved X-ray access in synchrotron-base mult anvil experiments


Publications 2


New techniques for high pressure falling sphere viscosimetry in DIA-type large volume presses

H.J. Mueller, H. J.; Beckmann, F.; Dobson, D. P.; Hunt, S. A.; Lathe, C.; Stronzik, N.

2014. High Pressure Research: An International Journal, 34 (3). 345-354.



Measuring the Elastic Properties of Natural Rocks and Mineral Assemblages under Earth's Deep Crustal and Mantle Conditions

Mueller, H. J.

2013. Journal of Geodynamics, 71, 25-42.



Slotted carbide anvils: improved X-ray access for synchrotron-based multi-anvil experiments

Dobson, D. P.; Hunt, S. A.; Mueller, H. J.

2012. High Pressure Research: An International Journal, 32 (4), 532-536. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08957959.2012.746681.


Simultaneous acoustic emissions monitoring and synchrotron X-ray diffraction at high pressure and temperature: Calibration and application to serpentinite dehydration

Gasc, J.; Schubnel, A.; Brunet, F.; Guillon, S.; Mueller, H. J.; Lathe, C.

2011. Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 189 (3-4), 121-133.



High-Pressure Falling Sphere Viscosimetry of Basaltic and Dacitic Rocks in Conjunction with Synchrotron Radiation

Mueller, H. J.; Stroncik, N.; Naumann, R.; Lathe, C.; Spiwek, M.;  Wehber, M.; Schilling, F. R.;  Lauterjung, J.

2010. J. Phys.; Conf. Ser., 215, 01202.


Techniques for measuring the elastic wave velocities of melts and partial molten systems under high pressure conditions

Mueller, H. J.; Roetzler, K.; Schilling, F. R.; Lathe, C.; Wehber, M.

2010. J. Phys. Chem. Sol., 71, 1108-1117.


Multianvil techniques in conjunction with synchrotron radiation at Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) - HAmburger SYnchrotron LABor (HASYLAB)

Mueller, H. J.; Schilling, F. R.; Lathe, C.

2007. Geol. Soc. Am, Special Paper, 421, 207-226.


Recent development of experimental techniques for high-pressure mineral physics under simulated mantle conditions

Mueller, H.J.; Schilling, F. R.: Lathe, C.; Lauterjung, J.

2006. High Press. Res., 26 (4), 529-537.


The influence of OH in coesite on the kinetics of the coesite-quartz phase transition

Lathe, C.; Koch-Müller, M.; Wirth, R.; van Westrenen, W.; Mueller, H. J.; Schilling, F. R.; Lauterjung, J.

2005. American Mineralogist, 90, 36-43.


Calibration based on a primary pressure scale in a multi-anvil device

Mueller, H. J.; Schilling, F. R.; Lathe, C.; Lauterjung, J.

in: J. 31. Chen, Y. Wang, T. Duffy, G. Shen, and L. Dobrzhinetskaya, (Eds.),

2005. Advances in High Pressure Technology for Geophysical Application, chapter 21, Elsevier B.V., London/Amsterdam/New York, 427-449.


Simultaneous determination of elastic and structural properties under simulated mantle conditions using multi-anvil device MAX80

Mueller, H. J.; Lathe, C.; Schilling, F. R.

in: J. 31. Chen, Y. Wang, T. Duffy, G. Shen, and L. Dobrzhinetskaya, (Eds.),

2005. Advances in High Pressure Technology for Geophysical Application, chapter 4, Elsevier B.V., London/Amsterdam/New York, 67-94.


A standard free pressure calibration using simultaneous XRD and elastic property measurements in a multi-anvil device

Mueller, H. J.; Schilling, F. R.; Lauterjung, J.; Lathe, C.

2003. Eur. J. Mineral. 15, 865-873.


In-situ investigation of physical properties of rocks and minerals at lower crustal and mantle conditions - methods, measurements, challenges

Mueller, H. J.; Schilling, F. R.; Lauterjung, J.

2002. Z. Geol. Wiss., 30 (1/), 49-76.


Experimental high pressure investigation of partial melting in natural rocks and their influence on Vp and Vs

Mueller, H. J.; Massonne, H.-J.

2001. Phys, Chem. Earth (A), 26, 325-332.


Symmetric and asymmetric interferometric method for ultrasonic compressional and shear wave velocity measurements in piston-cylinder and multi-anvil high-pressure apparatus

Mueller, H. J.; Lauterjung, J.; Schilling, F. R.; Lathe, C.; Nover, G.

2000. Eur. J. Mineral. 14, 581-589.


Principle differences in the pressure dependence of thermal and elastic properties of crystalline rocks

Seipold, U.; Mueller, H. J.; Tuisku, P.

1998. Phys. Chem. Earth, 23, 357-360.  


Role of sulphur and carbon in the electrical conductivity of the middle crust

Raab, S.; Hoth, P.; Huenges, E.; Mueller, H. J.

1998. J. Geophys. Res., 103 B5, 9681-9689.


The velocities of elastic P- and S-waves in high-grade metamorphic rocks under high pressures and temperatures

Mueller, H. J.; Raab, S.

1997. Geophys. J., 17, 78-85.


Elastic wave velocities of granite at experimental simulated partial melting conditions

Mueller, H. J.; Raab, S.

1997. Phys. Chem. Earth, 22, 93-96.


Modelling the lower crust by simulation of the in situ conditions: an example from the Saxonian Erzgebirge

Mueller, H. J.

1995. Phys. Earth Plan. Int., 92, 3-15.


Elastische Eigenschaften von Erzgebirgs-Graniten

Mueller, H. J.; Raab, S.

1993. Z. Geol. Wiss., 21, 207-216.


Relation between the elastic properties and the structural behaviour of high metamorphic rocks under the thermodynamical conditions of the upper mantle, In: High pressure geosciences and material synthesis

Mueller, H. J.; Schmädicke, E.

1987. Proceedings of the XXV. Annual Meeting of the European High Pressure Research Group, 42-45.