Applied Geochemistry

Dr. Martin Kutzschbach


Martin Kutzschbach

PostDoc und Head of the LA-ICP-MS Lab

+49 30 314-72083

Organization name Department of Applied Geochemistry
Building BH-N
Room BH-N 903
Address Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1
10587 Berlin


  • Scientific Staff (PostDoc)
  • Head of LA-ICP-MS Lab
  • Laser protection officer

Scientific Interest

  • Mineral/Fluid Interaction
  • Mineral Chemistry
  • Isotope Geochemistry


  • Kinetic of radionuclide immobilization through solid solutions of crystals related to nuclear waste repositories (KRIMI)
  • Crystal chemistry of tellurium in arsenian pyrite – Economic and environmental implications
  • Magmatic and hydrothermal prerequisites for the porphyry-epithermal mineralization in continental volcanic arcs
  • Deducing the pelaeogeography and palaeoclimate based on the geochemistry of metasediments (finished)
  • Boron isotopes in tourmaline as a petrogenetic tool (finished)

Scientific Career

  • Since 2017: Technische Universität Berlin (Scientific Staff, PostDoc)
  • 2014 – 2017: GFZ Potsdam (Scientific Staff, PhD)
    • PhD Thesis “The effect of tetrahedral boron in tourmaline on the boron isotope fractionation between tourmaline and fluid: improving tourmaline as a petrogenetic indicator”
  • 2012 – 2014: University Potsdam Geoscience (M.Sc.)
    • Master Thesis: “Corrosion of silicate glasses: processes and reactions at the glass-water interface”
  • 2010 – 2012: ETH Zürich Earthscience (M.Sc.)
  • 2007 – 2010: University of Kiel Geoscience (B.Sc.)
    • Bachelor Thesis: subduction of oceanic crust: The Bantimala complex of Sulawesi, Indonesia


  • 2017:“Paul-Ramdohr-Preis” of the German Mineralogical Society




Franz, G., Berryman, E.J., Kutzschbach, M., Meixner, A., Loges, A., and Schultze D. (2021):

Geochemistry of metasedimentary rocks and palaeogeographic implications: a case study from a Permo-Triassic metasedimentary cover on Variscan basement, south-western Tauern Window, Austria-Italy. European Journal of Mineralogy, in press.


Kutzschbach, M., Wunder, B., Wannhoff, I., Wilke, F.D.H., Couffignal, F., and Rocholl, A. (2021):

Raman spectroscopic quantification of tetrahedral boron in synthetic aluminium-rich tourmaline. American Mineralogist, 106, 872-882.



Kutzschbach, M., Guttmann, P., Marquardt, K., Werner, S., Henzler, K., Wilke, M. (2018):

A Transmission X-ray microscopy and NEXAFS approach for studying corroded silicate glasses at the nanometre scale. Physics and Chemistry of Glasses – European Journal of Glass Science and Technology Part B, 59, 11-26.


Wunder, B., Kutzschbach, M., Hoße, L., Wilke, F.D.H., Schertl, H.-P., Chopin, C. M. (2018):

Synthetic [4]B-bearing dumortierite and natural [4]B-free magnesiodumortierite from the Dora-Maira Massif: Differences in boron coordination as a response to ultrahigh-pressure. European Journal of Mineralogy, 30, 471-4.8 3.



Kutzschbach, M., Wunder, B., Meixner, A., Wirth, R., Heinrich, W., Franz, G. (2017):

Jeremejevite as precursor for olenitic tourmaline: Consequences of nonclassical crystallization pathways for composition, textures and B isotope patterns of  tourmaline in synthesis experiments. European Journal of Mineralogy, 29, 239-255.


Kutzschbach, M., Wunder, B., Trumbull, R., Rocholl, A., Meixner, A., Heinrich, W., (2017):

An experimental approach to quantify the effect of tetrahedral boron in tourmaline on the boron isotope fractionation between tourmaline and fluid. American Mineralogist, 2505-2511.


Kutzschbach, M., Wunder, B., Krstulovic, M., Ertl, A., Trumbull, R., Rocholl, R., Giester, G. (2017):

First high-pressure synthesis of rossmanitic tourmaline and evidence for the incorporation of Li at the X site. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 44, 353-363.


Berryman, E., Kutzschbach, M., Trumbull, R., Meixner, A., Kasemann, S., van Hinsberg, V., Franz, G. (2017):

Tourmaline as a petrogenetic indicator in the Pfitsch-Mörchner Basin, Western Tauern Window. Lithos, 284-285, 138-155.



Kutzschbach, M., Wunder, B., Rhede, D., Koch-Müller, M., Ertl, A., Giester, G., Heinrich, W., Franz, G. (2016):

Tetrahedral boron in natural and synthetic HP/UHP tourmaline: Evidence from Raman spectroscopy, EMPA, and single crystal XRD. American Mineralogist, 101, 93-104.