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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Francois Holtz

Stellvertretender geschäftsführender Leiter/ Leitung Petrologie
Institut für Mineralogie
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Callinstr. 3
D-30167 Hannover
room: 2501-152

phone:+49 (0)511 762-5281
fax:+49 (0)511 762-3045

Bild von Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Francois Holtz

 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

 Responsibilities in scientific Societies

President of the German Mineralogical Society, DMG (2015 - 2016)

Vice-president of the German Mineralogical Society, DMG (2014 and 2017)

Vice-president of the German Association of Earth Science Societies, Dachverband-Geo (since 2016)

 Scientific responsibilities at the German Science Foundation:

  • Member of the Senat of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG (2010-2016)
  • Member of the DFG review panel “Fachkollegium 316” (German Science Foundation)

 Scientific responsibilities at the Leibniz Universität Hannover:

Graduate schools and research programs at the Leibniz Universität Hannover:

  • Responsible of the Graduate School „Geofluxes“ (2012-2015)
  • Responsible of the „Forschungsinitiative „FI:Geo” with Prof. M. Sester (since 2013)

 Administrative responsibilities at the Leibniz Universität Hannover

  • Head of the „Institut für Mineralogie” (2009-2011 and 2015-2017)
  •  Member of several committees organising student affairs (Studienkommission Geowissenschaften, Prüfungsauschuß, Erasmus program for Earth Sciences)


Abraham Gottlob Werner medal in 2013 (from the DMG, Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft)           

Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America in 2013 (MSA)

 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
  7. Formation of ore deposits: metal and PGE distribution  between minerals, melts and fluids at high pressure and temperature