Solid precipitates in transport pipes for thermal water. © TU Graz/IAG

Mineralogy and Hydrogeochemistry investigate properties of minerals, rocks and their interaction with aqueous solutions. Our research covers a broad range of Earth Science disciplines comprising.

  • Fluid rock interaction - lab and field studies
  • Material science - inorganic binders, archeometry, ...
  • Carbonates - crystal chemistry, geochemistry, applications, ...
  • Environmental science - heavy metals, CO2, ...
  • Hydrogeochemistry - groundwater, interstitial solutions, ...

The Mineralogy and Hydrogeochemistry research group utilizes multidisciplinary approaches that include:

  • Experimental mineralogy: low-temperature and hydrothermal synthesis of carbonates, phosphates, silicates and aluminosilicates
  • Hydrogeochemical and isotopic/elemental fractionation modelling (e.g. PHREEQ)
  • Microscopic techniques (e.g. SEM, TEM, EMPA, LA-ICP-MS)
  • Bulk techniques (e.g. XRD, XRF, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, IC, TOC, UV-VIS)
  • Spectroscopic methods (e.g. FT-IR, micro-Raman, XPS, XAS)

Mineralogy and Hydrogeochemistry at the TU Graz benefits from strong cooperation within the "Geotechnical Group Graz", the Field of Expertises "Advanced Materials Science" and "Sustainability in Design, Construction Science and Energy Systems" and the "NAWI Graz".

We have strong cooperations with numerous national and international institutions like Universities, Research Institutes and Industry.