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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Francois Holtz

Geschäftsführender Leiter
Institut für Mineralogie
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Callinstr. 3
D-30167 Hannover
Raum: 2501-152

Telefon:+49 (0)511 762-5281
Fax:+49 (0)511 762-3045

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Professional Experience


1987-1989         Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hannover (Inst. for Mineralogy);

                        grant  from the EC

1989-1991         Research position at the University of Hannover (Inst. for Mineralogy); 

                        position supported by the German Science Foundation

1991-1996         Research position (Chargé de Recherche) at the Centre National de la                                          

                        Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Orléans (CRSCM); speciality                                                     

                        geochemistry and high pressure - high temperature experimental                                                 


Since 1996       Professor (Petrology) at the Leibniz University of Hannover

Scientific responsabilities

  • Member of the DFG (German Science Foundation) review panel (geochemistry/mineralogy /crystallography; Fachkollegiums 316),  2004-2010
  • Scientific review panel for DAAD
  • Scientific reviews for NSF (USA), NERC (U.K.), CNRS (Frankreich)
  • Reviews for pubications in international journals
  • Member of the Senat of the DFG (2010)

Administrative responsabilities at the Leibniz Universtiy of Hannover

  • Responsible of the „Forschungsinitiative Geoprozessforschung” (Gründung 2008)
  • Chair of several committees for the recruitment of professors (Geochemie, Geophysik)
  • Head of the „Institut für Mineralogie”
  • Member of several committees organising student affairs

Expertise of the research team


1.     Experimental determination of phase relationships in  natural silicate systems systems

2.     Formation of continental and oceanic crust: Partial melting, differentiation,        

        crystallization processes                 

3.     Volatiles in silicate melts and glasses

4.     Physical properties of partially melted silicate systems, viscosity and diffusivity of                      

        volatiles and cations in melts

5.     Participation to projects involving combined petrological, geochemical and experimental

        investigation of natural rocks with particular attention to magmatic and volcanic systems

6.     Improvement of high-pressure high-temperature experimental techniques