Prof. Dr. Kurt Mengel

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Kurt Mengel

Universitätsprofessor a. D.

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  • Mineralogie und Geochemie in endlagerrelevanten Fragestellungen
  • Geochemie und Petrologie magmatischer Prozesse
  • Isotopengeochemie Sr-Nd-Hf

Mitgliedschaften und Auszeichnungen

Ausgewählte Publikationen


Thangjam, G., Nathues, T., Platz, T., Hoffmann, M., Cloutis, E. A., Mengel, K., Izawa, M. R. & Applin, D. M. (2018): Spectral properties and geology of bright and dark material on dwarf planet Ceres. – Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53: 1961–1982.

Fazio, E., Ortolano, G., Visalli, R., Cirrincione, R., Fiannacca, P., Kern, H., Mengel, K., Pezzino, A. & Punturo, R. (2018): Strain rates of the syn-tectonic Symvolon pluton (Southern Rhodope Core Complex, Greece): an integrated approach combining quartz paleopiezometry, flow laws and PT pseudosections. – Italian Journal of Geosciences, 137 (2): 219–237.

Punturo, R., Ricchiuti, C., Mengel, K., Apollaro, C., De Rosa, R. & Bloise, A. (2018): Serpentinite-derived soils in southern Italy: potential for hazardous exposure. – Journal of Mediterranean Earth Sciences, 10.


Fazio, E., Ortolano, G., Visalli, R., Cirrincione, R., Fiannacca, P., Kern, H., Mengel, K., Pezzino, A. & Punturo, R. (2017): Strain-rate estimation of syn-tectonic plutonic rocks: a multiple approach combining paleopiezometry, flow law and PT pseudosection. – in: Congresso congiunto SIMP-SGI-SOGEI-AIV 2017, Società Geologica Italiana, Rom.


Cirrincione, R., Fazio, E., Ortolano, G., Fiannacca, P., Kern, H., Mengel, K., Pezzino, A. & Punturo, R. (2016): Ductile strain rate recorded in the Symvolon syn-extensional plutonic body (Rhodope core complex, Greece). – in: EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 18, p. 8917).

Izawa, M. R., Schäfer, T., Pietrasz, V. B., Cloutis, E. A., Mann, P., Nathues, A., Mengel, K., Schäfer, M., Thangjam G., Hoffmann, M., Tait, K. T. & Applin, D. M. (2016): Effects of viewing geometry, aggregation state, and particle size on reflectance spectra of the Murchison CM2 chondrite deconvolved to Dawn FC band passes. – Icarus, 266: 235–248.

Müller, C. M., Mengel, K., Singh Thangjam, G. & Weckwerth, G. (2016): Mineralogical and Geochemical Analysis of Howardite DaG 779: understanding geological evolution of asteroid (4) Vesta. – in: EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 18, p. 13737).

Nathues, A., Platz, T., Thangjam, G., Hoffmann, M., Mengel K., Cloutis, E. A., Corre Le, L., Reddy, V., Kallisch, J. & Crown, A. D. (2016): Evolution of Occator Crater on (1) Ceres. – Astronomical Journal, 153: 112.

Schäfer, M., Schäfer, T., Cloutis, E. A., Izawa, M. R., Platz, T., Castillo-Rogez, J. C., Hoffmann, M., Thangjam, G. S., Kneissl, T., Nathues, A., Mengel, K., Williams, D. A., Kallisch, J., Ripken, J. & Russell, C. T. (2016): Ceres' Yellow Spots-Observations with Dawn Framing Camera. – in: EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 18, p. 14495).

Schäfer, T., Nathues, A., Mengel, K., Izawa, M. R., Cloutis, E. A., Schäfer, M. & Hoffmann, M. (2016): Spectral parameters for Dawn FC color data: Carbonaceous chondrites and aqueous alteration products as potential cerean analog materials. – Icarus, 265: 149–160.

Schäfer, T., Schäfer, M., Mengel, K., Cloutis, E. A., Izawa, M. R., Thangjam, G., Hoffmann M., Platz T., Nathues A., Kallisch J., Ripken J. & Russel, C. T. (2016): The appearance of Carbonaceous Chondrites on (1) Ceres from observations by the Dawn Framing Camera. – in: EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 18, p. 12370).

Thangjam, G., Mengel, K., Nathues, A., Schmidt, K. H. & Hoffmann, M. (2016): Evolution of asteroid (4) Vesta in the light of Dawn. – in: EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 18, p. 18354).

Thangjam, G., Nathues, A., Mengel, K., Schäfer, M., Hoffmann, M., Cloutis, E. A., Mann, P., Müller, C., Platz, T. & Schäfer, T. (2016): Three-dimensional spectral analysis of compositional heterogeneity at Arruntia crater on (4) Vesta using Dawn FC. – Icarus, 267: 344–363.


Fischer, R. X., Tikhonova, V., Birkenstock, J., Fischer, L. A., Herrmann, K., Mengel, K. & Schneider, H. (2015): A new mineral from the Bellerberg, Eifel, Germany, intermediate between mullite and sillimanite. – American Mineralogist, 100 (7): 1493–1501.

Nathues, A., Hoffmann, M., Schäfer, M., Thangjam, G., Le Corre, L., Reddy, V., Christensen U., Mengel K., Sierks, H., Vincent, J.-B., Cloutis, E. A., Russell, C. T., Schäfer, T., Gutierrez-Marques, P., Hall, I., Ripken, J. & Büttner, I. (2015): Exogenic olivine on Vesta from Dawn Framing Camera color data. – Icarus, 258: 467–482.

Nathues, A., Hoffmann, M., Schäfer, M., Le Corre, L., Reddy, V., Platz, T., Cloutis, E. A., Christensen, U., Kneissl, T., Li, J.-Y., Mengel, K., Schmedemann, N., Schäfer, T., Russell, C. T., Applin, D. M., Buczkowski, D. L., Izawa, M. R., Keller, H. U., O’Brien, D. P., Pieters, C. M., Raymond, C., Ripken, J., Schenk, P. M., Schmidt, B., Sierks, H., Sykes, M., Thangjam, G. & Vincent, J.-B. (2015): Sublimation in bright spots on Ceres. – Nature, 528: 237–240.

Tarrah, J., Abedpour, Z., Strauß, K., Schirmer, T. & Mengel, K. (2015): Mineralogical and geochemical investigations of chromite ores from ophiolite complexes of SE Iran in terms of chrome spinel composition. – Iranian Journal of Earth Sciences, 7 (2): 114–123.


Hoffmann, M., Nathues, A., Schäfer, M., Thangjam, G., Le Corre, L., Vishnu, R., Christensen, U., Mengel, K., Sierks, H., Vincent, J.-B., Cloutis, E. A., Russell, C. T., Schäfer, T., Gutierrez-Marques, P., Hall, I., Ripken, J. & Büttner, I. (2014): Exogenous Olivine on Vesta. – in AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts: 46.

Nathues A., Hoffmann M., Cloutis E. A., Schäfer, M., Reddy, V., Christensen, U., Sierks, H., Thangjam, G. S., Le Corre, L., Mengel, K., Vincent, J.-B., Russell, C. T., Prettyman, T., Schmedemann, N., Kneissl, T., Raymond, C., Gutierrez-Marques, P., Hall, I. & Büttner, I. (2014): Detection of serpentine in exogenic carbonaceous chondrite material on Vesta from Dawn FC data. – Icarus, 239: 222–237.

Punturo, R., Cirrincione, R., Fazio, E., Fiannacca, P., Kern, H., Mengel, K., Ortolano, G. & Pezzino, A. (2014): Microstructural, compositional and petrophysical properties of mylonitic granodiorites from an extensional shear zone (Rhodope Core complex, Greece). – Geological Magazine, 151 (6): 1051–1071.

Thangjam, G., Nathues, A., Mengel, K., Hoffmann, M., Schäfer, M., Reddy, V., Cloutis, E. A., Christensen, U., Sierks, H., Le Corre, L., Vincent, J. B. & Russell, C. T. (2014): Olivine‐rich exposures at Bellicia and Arruntia craters on (4) Vesta from Dawn FC. – Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 49 (10): 1831–1850.


Husen, A., Almeev, R. R., Holtz, F., Koepke, J., Sano, T. & Mengel, K. (2013): Geothermobarometry of basaltic glasses from the Tamu Massif, Shatsky Rise oceanic plateau. – Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 14 (10): 3908–3928.


Engelhardt, H.-J., von Borstel, L. E., Mengel, K. & Schirmer, T. (2012): Injection of sodium silicate solutions into rock salt – long-term behaviour. – Mechanical Behaviour of Salt VII, Edited by Michel Tijani, CRC Press: 303ff.

Geckeis, H., Röhlig, K. J. & Mengel, K. (2012): Final disposal of radioactive wastes. Pt. 3. Final repository chemistry. – Chemie in Unserer Zeit, Weinheim, 46 (5): 282–293.

Mengel, K., Röhlig, K. J. & Geckeis, H. (2012): The Host Rocks: Shale, Granite, Rock Salt Disposal of radioactive Waste. ­– Chemie in unserer Zeit, Weinheim, 46 (4): 208–217.

Punturo, R., Cirrincione, R., Fazio, E., Fiannacca, P., Kern, H., Mengel, K., Ortolano, G. & Pezzino, A. (2012): Deformation-induced changes of mineralogy, chemistry, microstructure and physical properties in mylonitic rocks from the Kavala shear zone. – in: EMPG2012 Conference Abstracts.

Punturo, R., Cirrincione, R., Fazio, E., Fiannacca, P., Kern, H., Mengel, K., Ortolano, G. & Pezzino, A. (2012): Quartz deformation mechanisms in shear zones inferred by quantitative microstructural investigation: the case study of Kavala (Rhodope Massif, north-eastern Greece). – in: Rend. Online Soc. Geol. It., 21: 146–147.

Röhlig, K.-J., Geckeis H. & Mengel K. (2012): Endlagerung radioaktiver Abfälle. – Chemie in unserer Zeit, Weinheim, 46 (3): 140-149. – Online ISSN: 1521-3781.


Kern, H. & Mengel, K. (2011): P-and S-wave velocities and velocity anisotropy of core samples from the Outokumpu 2500 m crustal section: implications for the nature of seismic reflections. – Geological Survey of Finland, Special Paper 51: 83–94.


Cirrincione, R., Fazio, E., Heilbronner, R., Kern, H., Mengel, K., Ortolano, G., Pezzino, A. & Punturo, R. (2010): Microstructure and elastic anisotropy of naturally deformed leucogneiss from a shear zone in Montalto (southern Calabria, Italy). – Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 332: 49–68.

Punturo, R., Cirrincione, R., Fazio, E., Heilbronner, R., Kern, H., Mengel, K., Ortolano, G. & Pezzino, A. (2010): An example of a natural laboratory for studying the microstructural and petrophysical properties in mylonitic leucogneiss. – in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts (Vol. 12, p. 10933).


Kern, H., Mengel, K., Strauß, K. W., Ivankina, T. I., Nikitin, A.N. & Kukkonen, I. T. (2009): Elastic wave velocities, chemistry and modal mineralogy of crustal rocks sampled by the Outokumpu Scientific Drill Hole: evidence from lab measurements and modeling. – Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Elsevier, 175 (3–4).


Mengel, K., Lux, K.-H. & Brammer, K.-J. (2007): Geochemical and thermo-mechanical properties of salt and granite with respect to HLW and spent fuel underground disposal in Germany. – ISTEC.


Bazargan-Sabet, B., Elorza, F. J. & Mengel, K. (2006): Integration of E&T actions in underground storage: end users requirements, Euromaster curriculum, long term implementation, PETRUS. – in: van Goethem et al. (Hrsg.): EU Research and Training in Reactor Systems. – EURATOM, FISA Proceedings 2006: 413–428.


Mengel, K., Lux, K.-H. & Brammer, K.-J. (2004): Geochemical and thermo-mechanical properties of salt and granite with respect to HLW and spent fuel underground disposal in Germany. – DISTEC 2004.


Johannes, W., Ehlers, C., Kriesman, L. M. & Mengel, K. (2003): The link between migmatites and S-type granites in the Turku area, southern Finland. – Lithos, 68: 69–90.


Mengel, K. (2001): Mobilization and immobilization of repository-related elements in Äspö granitoids. – SKB International Progress Rep. 01-06.

Mengel, K. & Gerdes, A. (2001): U/Th-isotopes as natural analogues for the mobility of actinides in granitic rocks.

Mengel, K., Richter, M. & Johannes, W. (2001): Leucosome-forming small-scale geochemical processes in the meta-pelitic migmatites of the Turku area, Finland. – Lithos, 56: 47–73.

Steinmann, M., Stille, P., Mengel, K. & Kiefel, B. (2001): Trace element and isotopic evidence for REE migration and fractionation in salts next to a basalt dyke. – Appl. Geochem., 16: 351–361.


Brauckmann, C., Feldmann, L., Gröning, E., Mengel, K., Müller, R., Schuster, A. K. & Strauß, K. W. (2000): Die Geosammlung der TU Clausthal – Erweitertes Begleitheft zur Ausstellung. – 132 S., 21 Abb., 24 Farbtafeln, 19 Fossiltafeln; Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Selbstverlag der TU Clausthal).

Wittenberg, A., Vellmer, C., Kern, H. & Mengel, K. (2000): The Variscan lower continental crust: Evidence for crustal delamination from geochemical and petrophysical investigations. – Geol. Soc. Spec. Publ., 179: 401–414.


Gebel, A., Stosnach, H., Mengel, K. & Schmidt, K. H. (1999): Trace element analysis of granitoid minerals using Laser-Ablation-ICP-MS. – J. Conf. Abstr., 4: 795.

Gerdes, A., Weisshaar, R., Mengel, K. & Mangini, A. (1999): U/Th-Ungleichgewichte in sekundären Kluftmineralen aus Graniten des HRL Äspö und FL Grimsel. – Eur. J. Mineral, 11 (Beih. 1): 81.

Holtz, F., Johannes, K. & Mengel, K. (1999): Immobilisierung von REE, Th und U in Graniten des HRL Äspö durch Epidot-Allanit-Reaktion in hydrothermalen Systemen. – Eur. J. Mineral., 11 (Beih. 1): 106.

Schirmer, T., Mengel, K. & Wiebusch, B. (1999): Chemical and mineralogical investigations on clay bricks containing sewage sludge ash. – Tile and Brick, 15: 166–174.

Schmidt, K., Botazzi, P., Vannucci, R. & Mengel, K. (1999): Trace element partitioning between phlogopite, clinopyroxene and melt. – Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 168: 287­–299.

Siemann, M. G., Mengel, K. & Stille, P. (1999) Origin, migration and mobilisation of fluid components in late Permian marine evaporites in Northern Germany. – J. Conf. Abstr., 527.

Steinmann, M., Stille, P. & Mengel, K. (1999): REE mobility during the corrosion of basaltic dykes in salt formations: A natural analogue for radionuclide behaviour in a salt repository. – J. Conf. Abstr., Nr. 4: 521.

Wittenberg, A., Withers, A., Shaw, C. & Mengel, K. (1999): Eclogite formation in plagioclase-rich rocks: A high pressure experimental study. – J. Conf. Abstr., Nr. 4: 435.


Strauß, K. W. & Mengel, K. (1998): Neuer Meteorit für die Mineraliensammlung der TU Clausthal – Studienobjekt der Ausbildung in Geochemie. – TU Contact, Nr. 3: 54–58.


Blundell, D. J., Müller, S. & Mengel, K. (1992): Geodynamics of Europe. – in: Blundell, D., Müller, S. & Freeman, R. (Hrsg.): A Continent Revealed: The European Geotraverse (203–220).


Mengel, K. & Kern, H. (1991): Evolution of the petrological and seismic Moho – Implications for the continental crust/mantle boundary. – Terra Nova, 4: 109–123.


Mengel, K. (1981): Petrographische und geochemische Untersuchungen an Tuffen des Habichtswaldes und seiner Umgebung und an anderen Einschlüssen aus der tieferen Kruste und dem oberen Mantel. – Universität Göttingen.


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