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Ralf-Thomas Schmitt


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Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

Dr. Ralf Thomas Schmitt

  • Curator of the mineral collection
  • Curator the rock and ore collection
  • Head of the XRF and rock preparation/separation labs
Research topics:
  • Geochemical investigations of impactites
  • Shock metamorphism and shock effects in meteorites and terrestrial rocks, investigation of naturally and experimentally shocked samples, model calculation
  • Investigations of mineral samples and mineral deposits

Research projects:

  • El'gygytgyn impact structure: Formation of a mid-size impact structure in volcanic target
  • MEMIN: Low-grade shock metamorphism of quartz in porous and wet sedimentary rocks
  • Mineral localities in Northern Franconia, Northern Bavaria, Germany
Publications (Selection)

KOWITZ, A., GÜLDEMEISTER, N., SCHMITT, R. T., REIMOLD, W. U., WÜNNEMANN, K. & HOLZWARTH, A. (2016): Revision and recalibrating of existing shock classifications for quartzose rocks using low shock pressure recovery experiments (2.5 -20 GPa) and meso-scale numerical modeling.- Meteoritics and Planetary Science 51, 1741-1761.

MILLS, S. J., CHRISTY, A. G. & SCHMITT, R. T. (2016): The creation of neotypes for hydrotalcite.- Mineralogical Magazine 80, 1023-1029.

RASCHKE, U., SCHMITT, R. T., McDONALD, I., REIMOLD, W. U., MADER, D. & KOEBERL, C. (2015): Geochemical studies if impact breccias and country rocks from El'Gygytgyn impact structure, Russia.- Meteoritics and Planetary Science 50, 1071-1088. 

REIIMOLD, W. U., McDONALD, I., SCHMITT, R. T., HANSEN, B., JACOB, J. & KOEBERL, C. (2013): Geochemical studies of the SUBO 18 (Enkingen) drill core and other impact breccias from the Ries crater.- Meteoritics and Planetary Science 49, 978-1006.

SCHMITT, R. T., BARTOSOVA, K., REIMOLD, W. U., MADER, D., WITTMANN, A., KOEBERL, C. & GIBSON, R. L. (2009): Geochemistry of impactites and crystalline basement-derived lithologies from the ICDP-USGS Eyreville A and B drillcores, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, Virginia/USA.- Geological Society of America Special Paper 458 "The ICDP-USGS Deep Drilling Project in the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure: Results from the Eyreville Core Holes" (edited by Gohn, G. S., Koeberl, C., Miller, K. G., and Reimold, W. U.), Chapter 22, 481-542.

SCHMITT, R. T., LAPKE, C., LINGEMANN, C. M., SIEBENSCHOCK, M. & STÖFFLER, D. (2005): Distribution and origin of impact diamonds in the Ries crater, Germany.- Geological Society of America Special Paper 384 "Large Meteorite Impacts III" (edited by T. Kenkmann, F. Hörz, and A. Deutsch), 299-314.

SCHMITT, R. T., WITTMANN, A. & STÖFFLER, D. (2004): Geochemistry of drill core samples from Yaxcopoil-1, Chicxulub impact crater, Mexico.- Meteoritics and Planetary Science 39, 979-1001.

SCHMITT, R. T. (2000): Shock experiments with the H6 chondrite Kernouvé: Pressure calibration of microscopic shock effects.- Meteoritics and Planetary Science 35, 545-560.