Bastian Joachim-Mrosko

Assistant Professor

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Education and Scientific Career

  • 10/2002-01/2008: Study of Earth Sciences at the University of Hanover, Germany. Title of Diploma thesis:  Convective crystal dissolution.

  • 08/2005-09/2005: Research stay at the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

  • 02/2007-04/2007: Internship at Corus Research, Development & Technology, Ijmuiden, Netherlands

  • 07/2007-08/2007: Research stay at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

  • 02/2008-02/2011: PhD in Mineralogy at the German Research Centre of Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany (GFZ). Title of thesis: Reaction rim growth in the systems MgO-SiO2 and CaO-MgO-SiO2: Diffusion pathways and the effect of water.

  • 04/2011-09/2011: Postdoctoral scientist at the Department of Lithospheric Research, University of Vienna; Austria.

  • 10/2011-11/2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (SEAES), University of Manchester, UK

  • 11/2013-07/2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Oxford, UK

  • 08/2015-12/2019: University Assistant at the Institute of Mineralogy and Petrography, University of Innsbruck

  • since 01/2020: Assistant Professor at the Institute of Mineralogy and Petrography, University of Innsbruck

  • 05/2023: Venia Docendi (Habilitation) in Mineralogy and Petrography. Title of the thesis: Water and Halogens in the Solid Earth


  • Lehreplus! Anerkennungspreis 2020 (University of Innsbruck)
  • Paul-Ramdohr Award 2010 (German Mineralogical Society)
  • MRP Outstanding Student Paper Award 2010 (AGU)

Scientific Interests

I like the "experimental" approach, which means that I experimentally simulate conditions as they occur e.g. within the Earth´s mantle. This enables us to control parameters like pressure, temperature or the chemical composition of a system and to investigate how variations of these parameters are affecting tits behavior. By combining our results with findings from natural samples, we are able to improve our understanding of the processes that occur in the Earth´s interior.

My particular interest is to gain a better understanding of the behavior and abundances of halogens in the Earth´s mantle by performing high P-T experiments that simulate partial melting processes in mantle source regions. In doing so, we are able to investigate the halogen partitioning behavior at Earth´s mantle conditions, which allows us to gain a better understanding of the Earth`s halogen cycle.

I am also interested in the kinetics of metamorphic reactions and in the role of fluids in subduction zone, upper mantle and crustal processes.


  • Principal Investigator: “An experimental study of bromine partitioning between olivine, orthopyroxene and silicate melt” (2021-2022, funded by Europlanet 2024 Resarch Infrastructure, project Nr. 20-EPN2-033)
  • Principal Investigator : “The effect of volatiles on reaction rim growth dynamics” (2019-2023, funded by FWF,project Nr. P31787-N37)
  • Project Partner: "A pinch of salt: Earth’s halogen distribution and the habitability of planets” (2020-2024, funded by UK Research and Innovation, Project PI: Patricia Clay)
  • Project Partner: "Ca-phosphates in the deep Earth" (2020-2024, funded by FWF, project Nr. P33124; Project PI: Jürgen Konzett)
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