Prof. Dr. Falko Langenhorst

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Falko Langenhorst Falko Langenhorst Image: Jürgen Scheere (University of Jena)

My research interests...

  • Impact processes and indicators of shock metamorphism in minerals
  • Meteorites and the origin and evolution of the solar system
  • High-pressure minerals and processes inthe interior of the Earth
  • Mineral-fluid interactions and the Mineral-Fluid-Wechselwirkungen und the influence  of microorganisms
  • Structure-property relationships in minerals and materials
Professional career

Since April 2011: Full professor (W3) for Analytical Mineralogy of micro- and nanostructures, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Feb. 2008 - March 2011: Full professor (W3) for Experimental Geosciences, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth

Dez. 2004 - Jan. 2008: Full professor (C4) for General and Applied Mineralogy, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Jan. 2003 - Nov. 2004: Akademischer Oberrat (comparable to Associate professor), Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth

July 1999 - Dez. 2003: Akademischer Rat (comparable to Assistant professor), Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth

May 1997 - June 1999: Research scientist, University of Bayreuth

May 1994 - April 1997: Research scientist, Institut für Mineralogie, Museum für Naturkunde, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Aug. 1993 - April 1994: Postdoc at Laboratoire de Structure et Propiétés de l´Etat Solide, Université de Lille, France

Nov. 1989 - July 1993: Research assistant, Institut für Planetologie and guest scientist at Zentrallabor für Geochronologie, WWU Münster

Academic career

Jan. 2001: Nomination to Privatdozent (comparable to Associate Professor) at the University of Bayreuth

Nov. 2000: Postdoctoral lecture qualification for Mineralogy, University of Bayreuth

Febr. 1993: Graduation to Dr. rer. nat. at the University of Münster

Sept. 1989: Diploma in Mineralogy

April 1986 - Sept. 1993: Studies and doctorate in Mineralogy, Crystallography and Petrology, University of Münster

Okt. 1983 - Febr. 1986: Studies of Mineralogy, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (intermediate diploma)


Liermann, H.P., Konôpková, Z., Appel, K., Prescher, C., Schropp, A., Cerantola, V., Husband, R., McHardy, J., McMahon, M., McWilliams, R.S., Pépin, C.M., Mainberger, J., Roeper, M., Berghäuser, A., Damker, H., Talkovski, P., Foese, M., Kujala, N., Ball, O.B., Langenhorst, F. Otzen, C. Strohm, C. and  42 others (2021) Novel experimental setup for megahertz X-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell at the High Energy Density (HED) instrument of the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser (EuXFEL). Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 28, 688-706. 10.1107/S1600577521002551External link

Matsumoto, T., Noguchi, T. Tobimatsu, Y., Harries, D., Langenhorst, F., Miyake, A., Hidaka, H. (2021). Space weathering of iron sulfides in the lunar surface environment. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 299, 69-84. link

Matsumoto, T., Harries, D., Langenhorst, F., Miyake, A., & Noguchi, T. (2020). Iron whiskers on asteroid Itokawa indicate sulfide destruction by space weathering. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1117. link

Max, J. B., Kowalczuk, K., Kohler, M., Neumann, C., Pielenz, F., Sigolaeva, L. V., Pergushov, D. V., Turchanin, A., Langenhorst, F., & Schacher, F. H. (2020). Polyampholytic Poly(dehydroalanine) Graft Copolymers as Smart Templates for pH-Controlled Formation of Alloy Nanoparticles. Macromolecules, 53(11), 4511-4523. link

Palaniselvam, T., Mukundan, C., Hasa, I., Santhosha, A. L., Goktas, M., Moon, H., Ruttert, M., Schmuch, R., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F., Winter, M., Passerini, S., & Adelhelm, P. (2020). Assessment on the Use of High Capacity "Sn4P3"/NHC Composite Electrodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries with Ether and Carbonate Electrolytes. Advanced Functional Materials, 2004798. link

Ziegler, M., Dathe, A., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F., Hübner, U, Dong, W., & Schaaf, P. (2020). Metastable Atomic Layer Deposition: 3D Self-Assembly toward Ultradark Materials. ACS Nano. link

Langenhorst, F., & Campione, M. (2019). Ideal and real structures of different forms of carbon, with some remarks on their geological significance. Journal of the Geological Society, 176(2), 337-347. link

Langenhorst, F., & Krot, A. N. (2019). Preface - In Honor to Prof. Klaus Keil. Geochemistry, 79(4), 125549. link

Matsumoto, T., Miyake, A., Harries, D., Noguchi, T., & Langenhorst, F. (2019). Shock Melting Features in Regolith Particles of S-Type Asteroid Itokawa. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 54.

Naumov, M., Ivanov, B., Deutsch, A., & Langenhorst, F. (2019). Victor Lyudvigovich Masaitis (July 21, 1927-July 21, 2019). Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 54(11), 2879-2883. link

Nayak, P. K., Yang, L. T., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F., Aurbach, D., & Adelhelm, P. (2019). Investigation of Li1.17Ni0.20Mn0.53Co0.10O2 as an Interesting Li- and Mn-Rich Layered Oxide Cathode Material through Electrochemistry, Microscopy, and InSitu Electrochemical Dilatometry. Chemelectrochem, 6(10), 2812-2819. link

Nayak, P. K., Yang, L. T., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F., Wondraczek, L., & Adelhelm, P. (2019). Electrochemical Performance and Ageing Mechanisms of Sol-Gel Synthesized Na-2/3[Mn3/5Fe2/5]O-2 for Sodium-Ion Batteries. Batteries & Supercaps, 2(1), 104-111. link

Pang, R. L., Harries, D., Pollok, K., Zhang, A. C., & Langenhorst, F. (2019). Unique mineral assemblages of shock-induced titanium-rich melt pockets in eucrite Northwest Africa 8003. Geochemistry, 79(4), 125541. link

Santhosha, A. L., Nayak, P. K., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F., & Adelhelm, P. (2019). Exfoliated MoS2 as Electrode for All-Solid-State Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 123(19), 12126-12134. link

Schmidt, D., Pollok, K., Matthaus, G., Nolte, S., & Langenhorst, F. (2019). Nanodeformation in enstatite single crystals: Simulation of micrometeoroid impacts by femtosecond pulsed laser experiments. Geochemistry, 79(4). link

Barth, M. I. F., Harries, D., Langenhorst, F., & Hoppe, P. (2018). Sulfide-oxide assemblages in Acfer 094Clues to nebular metal-gas interactions. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53(2), 187-203. link

Ebert, M., Kowitz, A., Schmitt, R. T., Reimold, W. U., Mansfeld, U., & Langenhorst, F. (2018). Localized shock-induced melting of sandstone at low shock pressures (< 17.5 GPa): An experimental study. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53(8), 1633-1643. link

Fazio, A., Harries, D., Matthaus, G., Mutschke, H., Nolte, S., & Langenhorst, F. (2018). Femtosecond laser irradiation of olivine single crystals: Experimental simulation of space weathering. Icarus, 299, 240-252. link

Fazio, A., Pollok, K., & Langenhorst, F. (2018). Experimental evidence for mechanical Brazil twins as an indicator of low-pressure shock metamorphism (< 17.5 GPa). Geology, 46(9), 787-790. link

Goktas, M., Bolli, C., Berg, E. J., Novak, P., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F., Roeder, M. V., Lenchuk, O., Mollenhauer, D., & Adelhelm, P. (2018). Graphite as Cointercalation Electrode for Sodium-Ion Batteries: Electrode Dynamics and the Missing Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI). Advanced Energy Materials, 8(16), 1702724. link

Hamann, C., Fazio, A., Ebert, M., Hecht, L., Wirth, R., Folco, L., Deutsch, A., & Reimold, W. U. (2018). Silicate liquid immiscibility in impact melts. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53(8), 1594-1632. link

Harries, D., & Langenhorst, F. (2018). Carbide-metal assemblages in a sample returned from asteroid 25143 Itokawa: Evidence for methane-rich fluids during metamorphism. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 222, 53-73. link

Kenkmann, T., Deutsch, A., Thoma, K., Ebert, M., Poelchau, M. H., Buhl, E., Carl, E. R., Danilewsky, A. N., Dresen, G., Dufresne, A., Durr, N., Ehm, L., Grosse, C., Gulde, M., Guldemeister, N., Hamann, C., Hecht, L., Hiermaier, S., Hoerth, T., Kowitz, A., Langenhorst, F., Lexow, B., Liermann, H. P., Luther, R., Mansfeld, U., Moser, D., Raith, M., Reimold, W. U., Sauer, M., Schafer, F., Schmitt, R. T., Sommer, F., Wilk, J., Winkler, R., & Wunnemann, K. (2018). Experimental impact cratering: A summary of the major results of the MEMIN research unit. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53(8), 1543-1568. link

Majzlan, J., Kiefer, S., Herrmann, J., Stevko, M., Sejkora, J., Chovan, M., Lanczos, T., Lazarov, M., Gerdes, A., Langenhorst, F., Radkova, A. B., Jamieson, H., & Milovsky, R. (2018). Synergies in elemental mobility during weathering of tetrahedrite [(Cu, Fe, Zn)(12)( Sb, As) S-4(13)]: Field observations, electron microscopy, isotopes of Cu, C, O, radiometric dating, and water geochemistry. Chemical Geology, 488, 1-20. link

Martignier, A., Filella, M., Pollok, K., Melkonian, M., Bensimon, M., Barja, F., Langenhorst, F., Jaquet, J. M., & Ariztegui, D. (2018). Marine and freshwater micropearls: biomineralization producing strontium-rich amorphous calcium carbonate inclusions is widespread in the genus Tetraselmis (Chlorophyta). Biogeosciences, 15(21), 6591-6605. link

Pang, R. L., Harries, D., Pollok, K., Zhang, A. C., & Langenhorst, F. (2018). Vestaite, (Ti4+Fe2+)Ti34+O9, a new mineral in the shocked eucrite Northwest Africa 8003. American Mineralogist, 103(9), 1502-1511. link

Wilk, J., Hamann, C., Fazio, A., Luther, R., Hecht, L., Langenhorst, F., & Kenkmann, T. (2018). Petrographic investigation of shatter cone melt films recovered from MEMIN impact experiments in sandstone and iSALE modeling of their formation boundary conditions. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53(8), 1569-1593. link

Bizo, M. L., Nietzsche, S., Mansfeld, U., Langenhorst, F., Majzlan, J., Gottlicher, J., Ozunu, A., Formann, S., Krause, K., & Kothe, E. (2017). Response to lead pollution: mycorrhizal Pinus sylvestris forms the biomineral pyromorphite in roots and needles. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24(16), 14455-14462. link

Carl, E. R., Mansfeld, U., Liermann, H. P., Danilewsky, A., Langenhorst, F., Ehm, L., Trullenque, G., & Kenkmann, T. (2017). High-pressure phase transitions of alpha-quartz under nonhydrostatic dynamic conditions: A reconnaissance study at PETRA III. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 52(7), 1465-1474. link

Fazio, A., Mansfeld, U., & Langenhorst, F. (2017). Coesite in suevite from the Ries impact structure (Germany): From formation to postshock evolution. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 52(7), 1437-1448. link

Gleason, A. E., Bolme, C. A., Lee, H. J., Nagler, B., Galtier, E., Kraus, R. G., Sandberg, R., Yang, W., Langenhorst, F., & Mao, W. L. (2017). Time-resolved diffraction of shock-released SiO2 and diaplectic glass formation. Nature Communications, 8. link

Gualtieri, A. F., Gandolfi, N. B., Pollastri, S., Burghammer, M., Tibaldi, E., Belpoggi, F., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F., Vigliaturo, R., & Drazic, G. (2017). New insights into the toxicity of mineral fibres: A combined in situ synchrotron mu-XRD and HR-TEM study of chrysotile, crocidolite, and erionite fibres found in the tissues of Sprague-Dawley rats. Toxicology Letters, 274, 20-30. link

Malaspina, N., Langenhorst, F., Tumiati, S., Campione, M., Frezzotti, M. L., & Poli, S. (2017). The redox budget of crust-derived fluid phases at the slab-mantle interface (vol 209, pg 70, 2017). Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 213, 681-682. link

Malaspina, N., Langenhorst, F., Tumiati, S., Campione, M., Frezzotti, M. L., & Poli, S. (2017). The redox budget of crust-derived fluid phases at the slab-mantle interface. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 209, 70-84. link

Mansfeld, U., Langenhorst, F., Ebert, M., Kowitz, A., & Schmitt, R. T. (2017). Microscopic evidence of stishovite generated in low-pressure shock experiments on porous sandstone: Constraints on its genesis. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 52(7), 1449-1464. link

Martignier, A., Pacton, M., Filella, M., Jaquet, J. M., Barja, F., Pollok, K., Langenhorst, F., Lavigne, S., Guagliardo, P., Kilburn, M. R., Thomas, C., Martini, R., & Ariztegui, D. (2017). Intracellular amorphous carbonates uncover a new biomineralization process in eukaryotes. Geobiology, 15(2), 240-253. link

Nakatsuka, Y., Pollok, K., Wieduwilt, T., Langenhorst, F., Schmidt, M. A., Fujita, K., Murai, S., Tanaka, K., & Wondraczek, L. (2017). Giant Faraday Rotation through Ultrasmall Fe-n(0) Clusters in Superparamagnetic FeO-SiO2 Vitreous Films. Advanced Science, 4(4), 1600299. link

Gualtieri, A. F., Gandolfi, N. B., Pollastri, S., Pollok, K., & Langenhorst, F. (2016). Where is iron in erionite? A multidisciplinary study on fibrous erionite-Na from Jersey (Nevada, USA). Scientific Reports, 6, 37981. link

Harries, D., Yakame, S., Karouji, Y., Uesugi, M., & Langenhorst, F. (2016). Secondary submicrometer impact cratering on the surface of asteroid 25143 Itokawa. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 450, 337-345. link

Schäffner F., Merten D., Pollok K., Wagner S., Knoblauch S., Langenhorst F., Büchel G. (2015) Fast formation of supergene Mn oxides/hydroxides under acidic conditions in the oxic/anoxic transition zone of a shallow aquifer. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 22(24), 19362-19375.

Yueksel S., Ziegler M., Goerke S., Hübner U., Pollok K, Langenhorst F., Weber K., Cialla-May D., Popp J. (2015) Background-free bottom-up plasmonic arrays with increased sensitivity, specificity and shelf life for SERS detection schemes. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119(24), 13791-13798.

Harries D., Hoppe P., Langenhorst F. (2015) Reactive ammonia in the solar protoplanetary disk and the origin of Earth´s nitrogen. Nature Geoscience, 8, 97-101.

Avice G., Meier M.M.M., Marty B., Wieler R., Kramers J.D., Langenhorst F., Cartigny P., Maden C., Zimmermann L., Aandreoli M.A.G. (2015) A comprehensive study of noble gases and nitrogen in "Hypatia", a diamond-rich pebble from SW Egypt. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 432, 243-253.

Fischer A., Nakajima Y., Campbell A.J., Frost D.J., Harries D., Langenhorst F., Miyajima N., Pollok K., Rubie D.C. (2015) High pressure metal-silicate partitioning of Ni, Co, V, Cr, Si, and O. Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta, 167, 177-194.

Töpfer J., Srifert D., Lebreton J.-M., Langenhorst F., Chlan V., Kouril K., Štěpӑnková H. (2015) Hexagonal ferrites of X-, W-, and M-type in the system Sr-Fe-O: a comparative study. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 226, 133-141.

Langenhorst F., Harries D., Pollok K., van Aken P.A. (2014) Mineralogy and defect microstructure of an olivine-dominated Itokawa dust particle: evidence for shock metamorphism, collisional fragmentation, and LL chondrite origin. Earth, Planets and Space, 66, 118.

Harries D., Langenhorst F. (2014) The mineralogy and space weathering of a regolith grain from 25143 Itokawa and the possibility of annealed solar wind damage. Earth, Planets and Space, 66, 163.

Prescher C., Langenhorst F., Dubrovinsky L.S., Prapenka V.B., Miyajima N. (2014) The effect of Fe spin crossovers on ist partitioning behavior and oxidation state in a pyrolytic Earth´s lower mantle system. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 399, 86-91.

Robinson P., Langenhorst F., Mcenroe S.A., Favian K., Boffa-Ballaran T. (2014) Ferroan geikielite and coupled spinel-rutile exsolution from titanohematite: Interface characterization and magnetic properties. American Mineralogist, 99(8-9), 1694-1712.

Giannini M., Boffa-Ballaran T., Langenhorst F. (2014) Crystal chemistry of synthetic Ti-Mg-bearing hibonites: A single-crystal X-ray study. American Mineralogist, 99(10), 2060-2067.

Stoyanov E. & Langenhorst F. (2014) The effect of valence state and site geometry on Cr L3,2 electron energy-loss spectra of Cr-bearing oxidic compounds. Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry, 74(3), 497-505.

Ganskow G. & Langenhorst F. (2014): Stability and crystal chemistry of iron-bearing dense hydrous magnesium silicates. Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry, 74(3), 489-496.

Pollok K., Heidelbach F., John T., Langenhorst F. (2014) Spherulitic omphacite in pseudotachylytes: Microstructures related to fast crystal growth from seismic melt at eclogite-facies conditions. Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry, 74(3), 407-418.

Van Mierlo W., Langenhorst F., Frost D.J., Rubie D.C. (2013) Stagnation of subducting slabs in the transition zone due to slow diffusion in majoritic garnet. Nature Geoscience, 6(5), 400-403.

Sitte J., Pollok K., Langenhorst F., and Küsel K. (2013): Nanocrystalline nickel and cobalt sulfides formed by a heavy metal-tolerant, sulfate-reducing enrichment culture. Geomicrobiology Journal, 30, 36-47.

Langenhorst F., Harries D., and Pollok K. (2013) Non-stoichiometry, defects, and superstructures in sulphide and oxide minerals. In: Minerals at Nanoscale (F. Nieto and F. Gervilla, editors), EMU Notes in Mineralogy, Volume 14, Chapter 8: 261−294.

Horstmann M., Humayun M., Harries D., Langenhorst F., Chabot N. L., Bischoff A., and Zolensky M. E. (2013) Wüstite in the fusion crust of Almahata Sitta sulfide-metal assemblage MS-166: Evidence for oxygen in metallic melts. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48, 730-743.

Harries D. and Langenhorst F. (2013) The nanoscale mineralogy of Fe,Ni sulfides in pristine and metamorphosed CM- and CM/CI-like chondrites: Tapping a petrogenetic record. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 48, 879-903.

Harries D., Pollok K., and Langenhorst F. (2013) Oxidative dissolution of 4C- and NC-pyrrhotite: Intrinsic reactivity differences, pH dependence, and the effect of anisotropy. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 102, 23−44.

Mang C., Kontny A., Harries D., Langenhorst F., Hecht L. (2012): Iron deficiency in pyrrhotite of suevites from the Chesapeake Bay impact crater, USA - A consequence of shock metamorphism? Meteoritics and Planetary Science 47(2), 277-295.

Malaspina N., Langenhorst F., Fumagalli P., Tumiati S., Poli S. (2012): Fe3+ distribution between garnet and pyroxenes in mantle wedge carbonate-bearing garnet peridotites (Sulu, China). Lithos 146, 11-17.

Langenhorst F., Deutsch A. (2012): Shock metamorphism of minerals. Elements 8(1), 31-36.

Harries D., Berg T., Langenhorst F., and Palme H. (2012) Structural clues to the origin of refractory metal alloys as condensates of the solar nebula. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 47, 2148−2159.

Escudero A., Langenhorst F. (2012): Aluminium incorporation in α-PbO2 type TiO2 at pressures up to 20 GPa. Physics Earth Planetary Interiors 46(11), 1619-1629.

Escudero A., Miyajima N., Langenhorst F. (2012): Microstructure, composition, and P-T conditions of rutile from diamondiferous gneiss of the Saxonian Erzgebirge, Germany. Chemie der Erde-Geochemistry 72(1), 25-30.

Escudero A., Langenhorst F. (2012): Incorporation of Si into TiO2 phases at high pressure. American Mineralogist 97(4), 524-531.

Escudero A., Langenhorst F. (2012): Chromium incorporation into TiO2 at high pressure. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 190, 61-67.

Escudero A., Langenhorst F., Müller W.F. (2012): Aluminium solubility in TiO2 rutile at high pressure and experimental evidence for a CaCl2-structured polymorph. American Mineralogist 97(7), 1075-1082.

Bureau H., Langenhorst F. Auzende A.-L., Frost D.J., Esteve I., Siebert J. (2012): The growth of fibrous, cloudy and polycrystalline diamonds. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 77, 202-214.

Escudero A., Delevoye L., Langenhorst F. (2011): Aluminium incorporation in TiO2 rutile at high pressure: An XRD and high-resolution Al-27 NMR study. Journal Physical Chemistry C 115(24), 12196-12201.

Harries D., Pollok K., Langenhorst F. (2011): Translation interface modulation in NC-pyrrhotites: Direct imaging by TEM and a model toward understanding partially disordered structural states. American Mineralogist 96(5-6), 716-731.

Schollenbruch K., Woodland A.B., Frost D.J., Langenhorst F. (2011): In situ determination of the spinel post-spinel transition in Fe3O4 at high pressure and high temperature by synchroton X-ray diffraction. American Mineralogist 96(5-6), 820-827.

Prescher C., Langenhorst F., Hornemann U., Deutsch A: (2011): Shock experiments on anhydrite and new constraints on the impact-induced SOx release at the K-Pg-boundary. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 46(11), 1619-1629.

Engagement in scientific committees and societies

Since 2015: Chairman of the Research Board of the Einstein Foundation Berlin

Einstein FoundationExternal link

Since 2015: Member of the Advisory Board, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Museum für Naturkunde BerlinExternal link

2013 - 2016: Vice Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

2012 - 2014: Member and Vice chairman of Research Board of the Einstein Foundation Berlin

2009 - 2010: President of the German Mineralogical Society (Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft, DMG)

2008-2017: Member of the Senate committee on Future Directions in Geoscience of the German Science Foundation (DFG)

2008 and 2011: Vice president of the German Mineralogical Society (Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft, DMG)

2007 - 2008: Chairman of the DMG Section Physics, Chemistry and Crystallography of Minerals

2006: Vice Chairman of the DMG Section Physics, Chemistry and Crystallography of Minerals

2006 - 2009: Member of the Abraham-Gottlob-Werner committee of the DMG

2005 - 2008: Member of the Panel Selection Committees, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth

2004 - 2008: National Representative of the German Mineralogical Society (DMG) for the European Mineralogical Union (EMU)

Editor of scientific journals

Since 2005: Associate editor, Geochemistry/Chemie der Erde, Elsevier

Chemie der Erde, ElsevierExternal link

Currently funded projects