Dr Thomas Mueller

Dr Thomas Mueller

Profile

Dr. Mueller was a member of the School of Earth and Environment from 2014; he moved to the University of Göttingen, Germany in 2020.

Before moving to his new role at the University of Göttingen, Thomas was Programme Leader for Geological Sciences, the Academic Lead for the experimental petrology laboratory and the Academic Lead for the XRD facility in the School of Earth & Environment.

07/2020 – present: Associate Professor in Metamorphic Petrology at the University of Göttingen, Germany

09/2019 – 07/2020: Associate Professor for Metamorphic Petrology and Hydrothermal systems at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Leeds, UK

11/2014 - 08/2019: Lecturer for Metamorphic petrology/geochemistry at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Leeds, UK
09/2010 - 10/2014: Junior Professor (Assistent Professor) at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
09/2010 - 08/2014: Adjunct Researcher at the New York Center for Astrobiology hosted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA
01/2010 - 12/2010: Adjunct Professor at the Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA
08/2009 - 08/2010: Post-doctoral fellowship at the New York Center for Astrobiology hosted at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA
01/2008 - 08/2009: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Associated Researcher) at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
04/2007 - 12/2007: Post-doctoral fellowship at the Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA
05/2003 - 03/2007: PhD studies at the Universito of Lausanne, Switzerland

PhD thesis: Nucleation and growth of metamorphic minerals in contact aureoles

10/2000 - 07/2001: Erasmus stipend for a one year stay at the University of Oviedo, Spain
10/1997 - 06/2003: Diploma studies in Earth Sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Diploma thesis: Structural and petrological study of the northern Ubehebe contact aureole, Death Valley, CA, USA

Research interests

Thomas works on metamorphic and experimental petrology. He uses numerical models together with phase petrology and thermodynamic calculations to advance our understanding of the complex interaction of the processes, generating rock textures. His research focuses on the kinetics of geochemical and petrologic processes on different scales, ranging from entire contact aureoles over outcrop scale, and down to the scale of single grains. Field mapping of these various scales, is a fundamental tool to understand structural and textural relationships providing the basis for most investigations. Field areas include the Alps (Adamello massif) as well as the Ubehebe Peak contact aureole (USA).

His ongoing research focuses on non-equilibrium processes during texture formation and investigates the kinetics of minerals reactions in various geological settings (igneous and metamorphic). This study aims to constrain specific reaction rates and shed light on actual mechanisms during minerals formation and crustal processes. These data allow determination of timescales of various geological events.


Another important part of his research is his laboratory work which includes a combination of various geochemical analyses (chemical-, isotope, and trace element compositions), and statistical treatment of spatial data (X-ray tomography).

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Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional memberships

  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (MinSoc)
  • Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)
  • Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG)
  • European Association of Geochemistrz (EAG)

Research groups and institutes

  • Rocks, Melts and Fluids
  • Cohen Geochemistry
  • Ores and Mineralization
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics

Current postgraduate researchers

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