PD Dr. Dominik Hezel

Akademischer Oberrat


Since 2021: Akademischer Oberrat (~Associate Professor) at the Institute for Geosciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt
2018: University of Cologne Albertus-Magnus teaching award
2020: University of Cologne Albertus-Magnus teaching award
2016-2020: Akademischer Oberrat (~Associate Professor) at the Institute for Geology and Mineralogy, University of Cologne
2017: Certificate: ›Professional Teaching Competence for Higher Education‹ North Rhine-Westphalia
2015: Habilitation in Mineralogy – Presentation Title: ›Was uns Big Data Neues über die Erde verrät‹ (›Data Mining & Big Data in Earth & Planetary Sciences‹)
2011-2016: Akademischer Rat (~Assistant Professor) at the Institute for Geology and Mineralogy, University of Cologne
2007-2011: Researcher Meteorites at The Natural History Museum, London
2004-2006: Associate researcher at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy in Cologne, University of Cologne
2004: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Department of Cosmochemistry in Mainz
2003: PhD at the University of Cologne – Thesis title ›The formation of SiO2-rich components in the early solar system‹
2001: Research visit at the Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, SOEST at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a DAAD-grant.
2000: Diploma at the Institute for Geosciences, University Heidelberg

Research Interests


  • Formation and evolution of the solar system from its initial stage of a protoplanetary disk to the formation of the planets
  • The chemical relationship of chondrules and matrix (complementarity) to understand the spatial relationship of the major chondrite components
  • Formation conditions of chondrules and their precursor grains and aggregates
  • Formation of dust- and igneous rims around chondrules and other comments, and the relationship to matrix
  • Stable (Fe, Mg, Si) and radiogenic (Hf-W) isotopes in chondritic components to understand evaporation and re-condensation processes in the early Solar System
  • Origin, formation and evolution of Ca, Al-rich inclusions (CAIs)
  • Studying 3D structures of meteorites using tomography


  • Fe isotopes in high temperature rocks
  • The light elements Li, Be and B in magmatic systems and tourmaline
  • Data-Mining, -Analysis and Computer Modelling
  • Data-mining and analysis of large geochemical and cosmochemical data-sets
  • Programming of mineralogical tools and apps
  • Image Analysis

Analytical Expertise

I use a wide range of analytical technique to study extra-terrestrial and terrestrial samples, mostly: electron microprobe, large data mining and analysis, X-ray fluorescence, 3D µ-Tomography, solution based mass spectrometry, optical-emission sepectrometry, OES, X-ray diffraction and µ-Raman spectrometry.


  • Co-Applicant of the Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur NFDI4Earth (National Research Data Infrastructure)
  • Contracted research for the industry in e.g., the area of material development, including accompanying quality control measures
  • Cooperations with national and international universities and institutions


  • Micro-Analytic I & II (EPMA, REM und µXRF)
  • Cosmochemistry (including a 60 page script that I wrote for the students)
  • Cosmochemistry PhD-student online short course within the German Mineralogical Society
  • DMG-Doktorandenkurs Kosmochemie
  • Geoscience Modelling using Mathematica I (Introduction and Basics)
  • Geoscience Modelling using Mathematica II (Petrology, Geochemistry, Cosmochemistry)
  • Geochemical & Cosmochemical Seminar
  • 2. Geoscientific Seminar
  • Hands-On training Mineralogy
  • (Introduction to Petrology, including an interactive script written in Mathematica)
  • (Planetology)
  • (EXCEL for scientists)

First supervisor of ca. 40 theses in Germany & England (PhD, MSc, BSc, Diploma)