Dr Heidemarie Eva Höfer
Max Planck Institute, Frankfurt
Education and Career
1982: Diploma in Mineralogy/Crystallography at Technical University (RWTH) Aachen; Master Thesis at company Dornier System GmbH, Friedrichshafen: Crystal chemistry and electrical conductivity in oxidic La-Cr-Ni-Perovskites.
Award: Springorum-Denkmünze presented by RWTH
1989: PhD at the Mineralogic-Petrographic Institute of the University of Cologne: The deformation of Sodium Nitrate single crystals
1990 – 1995: research fellow at Max-Panck-Institute in Mainz (group of Gerhard Brey)
1995 – present: part of the academic staff at the Institute of Geosciences, Goethe-University; in the group of Gerhard Brey until 2014 and of Horst Marschall since 2016 (Mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry).
Supervisor of the electron microprobe and SEM labs.
2013: Award: Abraham-Gottlob-Werner-Medaille in Gold presented by the German Mineralogical
· Development of an in situ method with the electron microprobe for the determination of the iron oxidation in solid materials on the microscale (“flank method”)
· Determination of Fe2+/Fe3+ with the flank method in synthetic minerals (garnet, pyroxene) and extending the application to natural minerals for oxygen fugacity calculation
· Quantitative analysis of light elements (B, N, O) with the electron microprobe
· Contract research for the development and quality control of industrial materials with partners from industry
· Cooperation with partners from other universities
Basic and advanced lectures in
· Microanalysis with EPMA, SEM, and XRF
· Polarizing microscopy (universal stage)
· Flank method held at
· the Australian National University, Canberra, Sept. 2006 and Aug. 2018
· Goethe Universität Frankfurt, 2011, 2013
· Peking University, Beijing, Dec. 2015
· Geophysical Laboratory, Feb. 2018