What “Applied Mineralogy” is about  


Mineralogy is often entitled the "materials science of geosciences" and as such mineralogy is an overall matter oriented, applied science. Usually, however, "Applied Mineralogy" is more concisely used to depict the research on economically or ecologically important matter from the point-of-view of mineralogy. From the tradition of mineralogy as the science of natural solid matter, Applied Mineralogy by now has developed into a discipline devoted to the manufacturing and properties of non-metallic, inorganic materials.  



Problems we address  


Our widespread field of work covers basic aspects of materials science - like phase stability as a function of pressure, temperature and composition – as well as application- oriented research topics like hot corrosion of thermal protection materials during the atmospheric re-entry of space vehicles. The studied materials include natural rocks, binder materials, traditional and technical ceramics, glasses and single crystals, which together are known internationally as "ceramics".  



Methods we use  


Applied Mineralogy utilises the full bandwidth of physicochemical analysis. Our facilities cover almost every aspect from elemental and structural analysis to the thermal and mechanical characterisation of materials under their designated application conditions. As our research continuously demands new testing and measurement methods, we remain in close contact to highly specialised developers and manufacturers to push the boundaries of what’s possible.


Angewandte Mineralogie


Prof. Dr. Klaus G. Nickel


Wilhelmstr. 56

Room: 152

72074 Tübingen • Germany



Beate Fritz

Claudia Jahn


Tel.: +49-(0)7071-29-72603

Fax: +49-(0)7071-29-3060