Short CV/Education and training


  • Since 2015
    Head of the section 3.3 "Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials" of GFZ

  • Since 2007
    Professor, apl. at Technische Universität Berlin

  • 2001 – 2015
    Staff member at the German research centre for Geosciences, GFZ, Potsdam

  • 2000 – 2001
    Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Geophysical Laboratory, Washington DC

  • 1998 – 1999
    Postdoctoral Research Associate at the German research centre for Geosciences, Potsdam

  • 1996 – 1997
    Scholarship holder (DFG/TU Berlin)

  • 1990 – 1996
    Assistant professor (C1), TU Berlin

  • 1984 – 1989
    Scientific co-worker, TU Berlin


  • 1998
    Authorisation to teach in Mineralogy, TU Berlin

  • 1997
    Post doctoral thesis (Habilitation) in Mineralogy, TU Berlin

  • 1989
    PhD in Mineralogy, TU Berlin

  • 1984 – 1989
    PhD position in Mineralogy, TU Berlin

  • 1983
    Diploma in Mineralogy

Selected publications

6 most important

  • Koch-Müller M., Mrosko M., Gottschalk M. and Schade U. (2012) Pressure-induced transitions in Ilvaite studied by in-situ Mid/Far Micro-FTIR spectroscopy. Europ. J. Mineral., 24, 831 – 838.

  • Koch-Müller M. and Rhede D. (2010) IR absorption coefficients for water in nominally anhydrous high-pressure minerals. American Mineralogist, 95, 770 – 775.

  • Feenstra A., Rhede D., Koch-Müller M., Wiedenbeck M. and Heinrich W. (2009) Hydrogen zoning in zinc-bearing staurolite from a high-P, low-T diasporite (Samos, Greece): a combined EMP-SIMS-FIB-FTIR study. American Mineralogist, 94, 737 – 745.

  • Lathe C., Koch-Müller M., v. Westrenen W., Müller H.-J., Schilling F. R. and Lauterjung J. (2005) The influence of OH in coesite on the kinetics of the coesite-quartz phase transition. Am. Mineral., 90, 36.

  • Koch-Müller M., Matsyuk S. and Wirth R. (2004) Hydroxyl in omphacites and omhacitic clinopyroxenes of upper mantle to lower crustal origin beneath the Siberian platform. Am. Mineral., 89, 921 – 931.

  • Koch-Müller M., Dera P., Fei Y., Reno B.L., Sobolev N.V., Hauri E. and Wysocznaski R. (2003) OH- in synthetic and natural coesite. Am. Mineral., 88, 1436-1445.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft

  • Member of the Mineralogical Society of America

  • Member of the European Geoscience Union

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union

  • Member of the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES)

  • Member of the DESY-Petra-III large volume press consortium

  • Advisory Board of the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft, 2013 – 2015

  • Associate editor of the European Journal of Mineralogy, starting in August 2014

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the "Irmgard and Michael Abs-Foundation", since 2012

  • Member of the Board Review of the German Science Foundation (DFG) in FK 316: Geochemisty, Mineralogy, Crystallography, 2012 – 2020 (spokeswomen)

  • Member of the IMA Medail Committee, 2011 – 2015

  • Guest editor of the European Journal of Mineralogy, 2011

  • Member of the MSA distinguished lecture committee, 2010 – 2013

  • Head of the Organisation Committee of the ECMS2011 conference in Potsdam, Germany, 2009 – 2011

  • Member of the Board Review of the Austrian Science Foundation Panel of the Austria, 2008

  • Secretary and Program Chair for Mineralogy within the European Geoscience Union (EGU), 2007 – 2010

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Scuba diving, since 1984


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