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To the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology at ETH Zurich

Research within our institute combines theoretical, experimental and analytical work on a wide range of samples to better understand the fundamental principles behind the formation and evolution of planet Earth.

Our goals include reaching a deeper understanding on:

  1. how did the Earth and its atmosphere form and evolve through time,
  2. how it functions today,
  3. how we can sustainably extract raw material from it, and
  4. how we can reduce the effect of natural disasters.

The Institute is structured into principal research groups

Earth Surface Geochemistry

Prof. Derek Vance

The Earth Surface Geochemistry group uses geochemistry to characterise, understand and quantify the processes involved in the evolution of the Earth’s surface, its environment, climate and biosphere.

Fluids and Mineral Resources

Prof. Christoph Heinrich

Quantitative field investigations, advanced micro-analytical techniques, numerical process modeling and geochronological methods are used to study the formation of ore deposits from magmatic-hydrothermal systems.

High Pressure Geology

Prof. Max W. Schmidt

The high-pressure Group simulates physical and chemical conditions in the interior of the Earth, Moon and planets, in order to better understand their origin and evolution.

Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

Prof. Maria Schönbächler

Isotopes in natural materials are measured with cutting edge mass spectrometers to study a number of fundamental issues in earth sciences, including the formation of the solar system, earth, and moon.

Magmatic Petrology and Volcanology

Prof. Olivier Bachmann

The group studies magmatic rocks in many location worldwide to better understand the differentiation of our planet, the generation of the earth's crust, and the hazards related to volcanic activity.

Marine Geology and Geochemistry

Prof. Gretchen Bernasconi-Green

Fluid rock interaction on the sea floor as well as on continents is being studied to gain insight into tectonics and the formation of ore deposits.

Petrology of Lithospheric Processes

Prof. Lucie Tajcmanová

A key to understanding the processes operating in the outer part of the Earth is to look at the metamorphic rocks exhumed to the Earth's surface.

News

A selection of articles from ETH and the Department of Earth Sciences news.

07.06.2016

Precise to the nearest picometre

The European Space Agency (ESA) presented results from its LISA Pathfinder mission in Madrid. The measuring instruments and control electronics, developed for LISA Pathfinder by ETH Zurich Professor Domenico Giardini and his team, are even more precise than expected. The technology is ready for use on the LISA gravitational wave observatory. Read more 

03.06.2016

It’s time to go geothermal!

Swiss authorities and society at large are actively discussing the national future energy strategy. We have still not solved the basic problem: how will we produce the electricity we need in the near future after the decommissioning of our nuclear power plants? Read more 


 
 
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