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Prof. Dr. Lutz Hecht

Prof. Dr. Lutz Hecht
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  • Museum für Naturkunde
    Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
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    10115 Berlin
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    Prof. Dr. Lutz Hecht

    Hepworth, L.N., Kaufmann, F.E.D., Hecht, L., Gertisser, R., O’Driscoll, B. (2020): Braided peridotite sills and metasomatism in the Rum Layered Suite, Scotland. Contrib Mineral Petrol 175, 17,

    Kaufmann, F.E.D., O’Driscoll, B. & Hecht, L. (2020): Lateral variations in the Unit 7–8 boundary zone of the Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion, NW Scotland: implications for the origin and timing of Cr-spinel seam formation. Contrib Mineral Petrol 175, 90,

    Tazzo-Rangel, M.D., Weber, B., Schmitt, A.K. González-Guzmán, R., Cisneros de León, A., Hecht, L. (2020): Permo–Triassic metamorphism in the Mérida Andes, Venezuela: new insights from geochronology, O-isotopes, and geothermobarometry. Int J Earth Sci (Geol Rundsch).

    Arp, G. , Reimer, A. , Simon, K. , Sturm, S. , Wilk, J. , Kruppa, C. , Hecht, L. , Hansen, B. T., Pohl, J. , Reimold, W. U., Kenkmann, T. and Jung, D. (2019): The Erbisberg drilling 2011: Implications for the structure and postimpact evolution of the inner ring of the Ries impact crater. Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

    Salge, T. , Stosnach, H. , Rosatelli, G. , Hecht, L. and Reimold, W. U. (2019): Evidence for shock‐induced anhydrite recrystallization and decomposition at the UNAM‐7 drill core from the Chicxulub impact structure. Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

    Kaufmann, F.E.D., Hoffmann, M.C., Bachmann, K., Veksler, I.V., Trumbull, R.B. and Hecht, L. (2019): Variations in Composition, Texture, and Platinum Group Element Mineralization in the Lower Group and Middle Group Chromitites of the Northwestern Bushveld Complex, South Africa. Economic Geology, 114 (3), 569–590. doi:

    Hamann, Ch., Bläsing, S., Hecht, L. Schäffer, S. Deutsch, A., Osterholz, J, Lexow, B. (2018): The reaction of carbonates in contact with laser-generated superheated silicate melts: Constraining impact metamorphism of carbonate-bearing target rocks. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53 (8), 1644-1686

    Hamann, C., Fazio, A., Ebert, M., Hecht, L., Wirth, R., Folco, L., Deutsch, A. and Reimold, W. U. (2018): Silicate liquid immiscibility in impact melts. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53 (8), 1594–1632. https://doi:10.1111/maps.12907

    Käter, D., Ziemann, M., Böttger, U., Weber, I., Hecht, L., Voropaev, S., Korochantsev, A., Kocherov, A. (2018): The Chelyabinsk meteorite: New insights from a comprehensive electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy study with evidence for graphite in olivine of ordinary chondrites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53(3), 416-432.

    Kaufmann, F., Vukmanovic, Z., Holness, M.B., Hecht, L. (2018): Orthopyroxene oikocrysts in the MG1 chromitite layer of the Bushveld Complex: Implications for cumulate formation and recrystallisation. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 173: 17,

    Kenkmann, T. , Deutsch, A. , Thoma, K. , Ebert, M. , Poelchau, M. H., Buhl, E. , Carl, E. , Danilewsky, A. N., Dresen, G. , Dufresne, A. , Durr, N. , Ehm, L. , Grosse, C. , Gulde, M. , Güldemeister, N. , Hamann, C. , Hecht, L. , Hiermaier, S. , Hoerth, T. , Kowitz, A. , Langenhorst, F. , Lexow, B. , Liermann, H. , Luther, R. , Mansfeld, U. , Moser, D. , Raith, M. , Reimold, W. U., Sauer, M. , Schäfer, F. , Schmitt, R. T., Sommer, F. , Wilk, J. , Winkler, R. and Wünnemann, K. (2018), Experimental impact cratering: A summary of the major results of the MEMIN research unit. Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

    Schannor, M., Veksler. I.V., Hecht, L., Harris, C., Romer, R.L., Manyeruke, T.D. (2018) Small-scale Sr and O isotope variations through the UG2 in the eastern Bushveld Complex: the role of crustal fluids. Chemical Geology, 485, 100-112,

    Siegert, S., and Hecht, L. (2018): Heterogeneity of melts in impact deposits and implications for their origin (Ries suevite, Germany). Meteoritics & Planetary Science (early view).

    Veksler, I.V., Sedunova, A.P., Darin, A.V., Anosova, M.O., Reid, D.L., Kaufmann, F.E.D.,Hecht, L., Trumbull, R.B. (2018): Chemical and textural re-equilibration in the UG2 chromitite layer of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa. Journal of Petrology, 59 (6), 1193–1216.

    Weber, B., González-Guzmán, R., Manjarrez-Juárez, R. Cisneros de León, A., Martens, U. Solari, L., Hecht, L., Valencia, V. (2018): Late Mesoproterozoic to Early Paleozoic history of metamorphic basement from the southeastern Chiapas Massif Complex, Mexico, and implications for the evolution of NW Gondwana. Lithos, 300, 177-199.

    Wilk, J., Hamann, Ch., Fazio, A., Luther, R., Hecht, L., Langenhorst, F., Kenkmann, Th. (2018): Melt formation on shatter cones recovered from the MEMIN impact experiments in sandstone. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 53 (8), 1569-1593.

    Siegert, S., Branney, M., Hecht, L. (2017): Density current origin of a melt-bearing impact ejecta blanket (Ries suevite, Germany). Geology 45(9):855-858,

    Chernonozhkin, S.M., Weyrauch, M., Goderis, S., Oeser, M., McKibbin, S.J., Horn, I., Hecht, L., Weyer, S., Claeys, P., Vanhaecke, F. (2017): Thermal equilibration of iron meteorite and pallasite parent bodies recorded at the mineral scale by Fe and Ni isotope systematics, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 217, 95-111,

    Ebert, M., Hecht, L., Hamann, C. and Luther, R. (2017): Laser-induced melting experiments: Simulation of short-term high-temperature impact processes. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 52: 1475–1494. doi:10.1111/maps.12809

    Van Roosbroek, N., Hamann, Ch., McKibbin, S., Greshake, A., Wirth, R., Pittarello, L., Hecht, L., Claeys, P., Debaille, N.V. (2017): Immiscible silicate liquids and phosphoran olivine in Netschaëvo IIE silicate: analogue for planetesimal core–mantle boundaries. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 197, 378-395.

    Hamann, Ch., Luther, R., Ebert, M., Hecht, L., Deutsch, A., Wünnemann, K., Schäffer, S., Osterholz, J., Lexow, B. (2016): Correlating laser-generated melts with impact-generated melts: An integrated thermodynamic-petrologic approach. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, doi:10.1002//2016GL070612.

    Reneé González-Guzmán, R., Weber, B., Manjarrez-Juárez, R., Cisneros de León, A., Hecht, L., Herguera-García, J.C. (2016): Provenance, age constraints and metamorphism of Ediacaran metasedimentary rocks from the El Triunfo Complex (SE Chiapas, México): evidence for Rodinia breakup and Iapetus active margin. International Geology Review, 58:16, 2065-2091, doi: 10.1080/00206814.2016.1207208.

    Schultze, D., Jourdan, F., Hecht, L., Reimold, W.U., Schmitt, R.-T. (2016): Tenoumer impact crater, Mauretania: Impact melt genesis from a lithologically diverse target, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 51, 323–350, doi:10.1111/maps.12593.

    Gauert, Ch., Schannor, M., Hecht, L., Radtke, M., Reinholz, U. (2016): A Comparison of In Situ Analytical Methods for Trace Element Measurement in Gold Samples from Various South African Gold Deposits. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, 40, 2, 267–289, doi: 10.1111/j.1751-908X.2015.00362.x

    Salge, T., Hecht, L., Patzschke, M., Langner, S. (2015): Correlative Microanalysis: Combining Benchtop µ-XRF with SEM-EDS Automated Feature Analysis for Advanced Mineral Classification and Ore Characterization. Imaging & Microscopy, 2, 35-37.

    Van Roosbroek, N., Debaille, N.V., Pittarello, L., Goderis, S., Humayun, M., Hecht, L., Jourdan, F., Spicuzza,M.J., Claeys, P. (2015): The formation of IIE iron meteorites investigated by the chondrule-bearing Mont Dieu II meteorite. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 50, 1173-1196.

    Veksler, I.V., Reid, D.L., Dulski, P., Keiding, J.K., Schannor, M., Hecht, L., Trumbull, R.B. (2015): Electrochemical processes in a cumulus crystal mush: cyclic units in the Upper Critical Zone of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa. Journal of Petrology, 56, 1229-1250.

    Salge, T., Tagle, R., Hecht, L., Ferriere, L., Ball, A.D., Kearsley, A.T., Smith, C., Jones, C. (2014). Advanced EDS and µXRF Analysis of Earth and Planetary Materials using Spectrum Imaging, Computer-Controlled SEM and an Annular SDD. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 20 (Suppl. 3) , 1716-1717. doi:10.1017/S1431927614010319.

    Ebert, M., Hecht, L., Deutsch, A., Kenkmann, T., Wirth, R., and Berndt, J. (2014): Geochemical processes between steel projectiles and silica-rich targets in hypervelocity impact experiments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 133, 257-279.

    Huber, M.S., Crne, A.E., McDonald, I., Hecht, L., Melezhik, V.A., and Koeberl, C. (2014): Impact spherules from Karelia, Russia: Possible ejecta from the 2.02 Ga Vredefort impact event. Geology, 42 (5): 375-378.

    Hamann, C., Hecht, L., Ebert, M., and Wirth, R. (2013): Chemical Projectile-Target Interaction and Liquid Immiscibility in Impact Glassfrom the Wabar Craters, Saudi Arabia. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 121, 291-310, doi:

    Fischer, S., Liebscher, A., De Lucia, M., Hecht, L., and the Ketzin Team (2013): Reactivity of sandstone and siltstone samples from the Ketzin pilot CO2 storage site-Laboratory experiments and reactive geochemical modeling. Environmental Earth Sciences, 70(8), 3687-3708,

    Kenkmann, T., Trullenque, G., Deutsch, A., Hecht, L., Ebert, M., Salge, T., Schäfer F., and Thoma, K. (2013): Deformation and melting of steel projectiles in hypervelocity cratering experiments. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 48(1), 150-164.

    Ebert, M., Hecht, L., Deutsch, A., and Kenkmann, T. (2013): Chemical modification of projectile residues and target material in a MEMIN cratering experiment. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 48(1), 134-149.

    Koeberl, C., Claeys, P., Hecht, L., and McDonald, I. (2012): Geochemistry of Impactites. Elements, 8, 37–42.

    Mang, C., Kontny, A., Harries, D., Langenhorst, F., and Hecht, L. (2012): Iron deficiency in pyrrhotite of suevites from the Chesapeake Bay impact crater, USA—A consequence of shock metamorphism? Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 47, 277–295.

    Bartosova, K., Hecht, L., Koeberl, C., Libowitzky, E. and Reimold, W. U. (2011): Melt in the impact breccias from the Eyreville drill cores, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, USA. – Meteoritics & Planetary Science 46 (3): 396-430.

    Wittmann, A., Reimold, W.U., Schmitt, R.T., Hecht, L., and Kenkmann, T. (2009): The record of ground zero in the Chesapeake Bay impact crater – suevites and related rocks. Geological Society of America Special Paper 458, 349-376.

    Wittmann, A., Schmitt, R.T., Hecht, L., Kring, D.A., Reimold, W.U., and Povenmire, H. (2009): Petrology of impact melt rocks from the Chesapeake Bay crater, USA. Geological Society of America Special Paper 458, 377-396.

    Estrada-Carmona, J., Weber, B., Hecht, L., and Martens, U. (2009): P-T-t trajectory of metamorphic rocks from the central Chiapas Massif Complex: the Custepec Unit, Chiapas, Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas, 26, 243-259.

    Förster, H.-J., Rhede, D., and Hecht, L. (2008). Chemical composition of radioactive accessory minerals: implications to the evolution, alteration, age, and uranium fertility of the Fichtelgebirge granites (NE Bavaria, Germany). Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie Abhandlungen, 185/2, 161-182.

    Hecht, L., Wittek, A., Riller, U., Mohr, T., Schmitt, R.T., and Grieve, R.A.F. (2008): Differentiation and emplacement of the Worthington Offset Dike of the Sudbury Impact Structure, Ontario. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 43, 1659-1679.

    Hecht, L., Reimold, W.U., Sherlock, S., Tagle, R., Koeberl, C., Schmitt, R.T. (2008): New impact melt rock from the Roter Kamm impact structure, Namibia: Further constraints on impact age, melt rock chemistry, and projectile composition. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 43, 1201-1218.

    Wittmann A., Kenkmann T., Hecht L., and Stöffler D. (2007): Reconstruction of the Chicxulub ejecta plume from its deposits in drill core Yaxcopoil-1. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 119, 1151-1167.

    Machev, Ph., Klain, L., Hecht, L., and Schmitt, R.-T. (2007): Syntectonic granitoid magmatism in the Western Balkan Zone (External Balkanides). Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 60, 663-668.

    Koeberl, C., Brandstätter, F., Glass, B.P., Hecht, L., Mader, D., Reimold, W.U. (2007): Uppermost Impact Fallback Layer in the Bosumtwi Crater (Ghana): Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Comparison with Ivory Coast Tektites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 42, 709-729.

    Weber, B., Iriondo, A., Premo, W.R., Hecht, L., and Schaaf, P. (2007): New insights into the history and origin of the southern Maya Block, SE México: U-Pb-SHRIMP zircon geochronology from metamorphic rocks of the Chiapas Massif. Int. J. Earth Sciences, 96, 253-269. DOI 10.1007/s00531-006-0093-7

    Tagle, R. and Hecht, L. (2006) Geochemical identification of projectiles in impact rocks. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 41, 1721-1735.

    Machev, P., Borisova, B., and Hecht, L. (2006): Metaeclogites from the Sredna Gora terrain – petrological features and P-T path evolution. In: Yanev, Y. (ed) Proceedings of the Geoscience 2006 conference of the BulgarienGeological Society, 185-188.

    Scasso R.A., Concheyro, A., Kiessling, W., Aberhan, M., Hecht, L., Medina, F.A., Tagle, R. (2005): A tsunami deposit at the Cretaceous/Palaeogene boundary in the Neuquén Basin of Argentina. Cretaceous Research, 26, 283-297.

    Hecht, L., Wittmann, A., Schmitt, R.T., Stöffler, D. (2004), Composition of impact melt particles and the effects of post-impact alteration in suevitic rocks at the YAX-1 drill core, Chicxulub crater, Mexico. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 7, 1169–1186.

    Stöffler, D., Artemieva, N. A., Ivanov, B. A., Hecht, L., Kenkmann, T., Schmitt, R. T., Tagle, R.A. & Wittmann, A. (2004): Origin and emplacement of the impact formations at Chicxulub, Mexico, as revealed by the ICDP deep drilling Yaxcopoil-1 and by numerical modeling. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 7, 1035–1067.

    Tagle R., Erzinger J., Hecht L., Schmitt R.T., Stöffler D., & Claeys P. (2004): Platinum group elements in the impactites of the ICDP Chicxulub drill core Yaxcopoil-1: Are there traces of the impactor? Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 6, 1009–1016.

    Wittmann, A., Kenkmann, T., Hecht, L., Schmitt, R. T., Stöffler, D. & Scherler, D. (2004): Impact related dike lithologies in the ICDP drillcore Yaxcopoil-1, Chicxulub crater, Mexico. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 6, 931–954.

    Weber, B., Hecht, L. (2003): Petrology and geochemistry of metaigneous rocks from a Grenvillian basement fragment in the Maya block: the Guichicovi complex, Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Precambrian Research, 124, 41-67.

    Weber, B., Gruner, B., Hecht, L., Molina-Garza, R., Köhler, H. (2002): El descubrimiento de basamento metasedimentario en el macizo de Chiapas: la "Unidad La Sepultura". - GEOS, 22,1, 2-11.

    Freiberger, R., Hecht, L., Cuney, M. & Morteani, G. (2001): Secondary Ca-Al-silicates in plutonic rocks: Implications for their cooling history.- Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 141/4, 415-429.

    Hecht, L. and Cuney, M. (2000): Hydrothermal alteration of monazite in the Precambrian basement of the Athabasca Basin (Saskatchewan, CANADA): implications for the genesis of unconformity-related uranium deposits. Mineralium Deposita, 35, 791-795.

    Hecht, L., Vigneresse, J.L. (1999): A multidisciplinary approach combining geochemical, gravity and structural data: implications for pluton emplacement and zonation. In A. Castro, C. Fernández, G. Rogers, J.L. Vigneresse (eds.): Understanding Granites: Integrating New and Classical Techniques. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 168, 95-110.

    Hecht, L., Thuro, K., Plinninger, R., Cuney, M. (1999): Mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of hydrothermal alteration and episyenitization in the Königshain granites, northern Bohemian Massif, Germany. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 88, 236-252.

    Hecht, L., Freiberger, G., Gilg, A., Grundmann, G., Kostitsyn, Y.A. (1999): Rare earth element and isotope (C, O, Sr) characteristics of hydrothermal carbonates: Genetic implications for dolomite-hosted talc mineralization at Göpfersgrün (Fichtelgebirge, Germany). Chemical Geology, 155, 115-130.

    Hecht, L., Vigneresse, J.L., Morteani, G. (1997): Constraints on the origin of pluton zonation: Evidence from a gravity and geochemical study, Fichtelgebirge, Germany and Czech Republic. Geologische Rundschau, 86(Suppl.), S93-S109.

    Irber, W., Förster, H.J., Hecht, L., Möller, P., Morteani, G. (1997): Experimental, geochemical, mineralogical and O-isotope constraints on the late-magmatic history of the Fichtelgebirge granites (Germany). Geologische Rundschau, 86(Suppl.), S110-S124.

    Schödlbauer S., Hecht, L., Höhndorf, A., Morteani, G. (1997): Enclaves in S-type granites (Kösseine, Fichtelgebirge, Germany). Geologische Rundschau, 86(Suppl.), S125-S140.

    Siebel, W., Trzebski, R., Stettner, G., Hecht, L., Casten, U., Höhndorf, A., Müller, P. (1997): Granitoid magmatism of the NW Bohemian massif revealed: gravity data, composition, age relations and phase concept. Geologische Rundschau, 86(Suppl.), S45-S63.

    Hecht, L. (1994): The chemical composition of biotite as an indicator of magmatic fractionation and metasomatism in Sn-specialized granites of the Fichtelgebirge (NW Bohemian Massif, Germany). - In: R. Seltmann, H. Kämpf, P. Möller (eds): Metallogeny of collisional orogens, Czech geol. Surv., Prague, 295-300.

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Prof. Dr. Lutz Hecht

    • since 10/2019 Adjunct Professor for Impact Petrology at Freie Universität Berlin
    • 12/2001 to 10/2019 Associate Professor ("Privatdozent") at Freie Universität Berlin
    • since 10/2001 Senior Research Scientist at the Natural History Museum Berlin (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)
    • 05 bis 11/2001 Associate Professor ("Privatdozent") at TU München
    • Januar 2001 Habilitation in petrology and geochemistry at the Technische Universität München
    • 10/1997 bis 11/1999 Research grant of the German Science Foundation for a two years sabbatical at CREGU-UMR 7566 G2R in Nancy (France)
    • 04/1995 bis 04/1997 Certificate in communication and teaching at universities, TU München (PROLEHRE)
    • 05/1993 bis 08/2001 Research Assistent ("Assitent Professor") at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy at TU München
    • 1993 Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.) at TU München
    • 08/1990 bis 07/1992 Dissertation scholarship holder at TU München
    • 03/1988 bis 07/1990 Research employee at TU München
    • 1982 bis 1988 Study of geology at the TU Berlin and TU München
  • Tasks


    Research interests:

    • Petrology, geochemistry und alteration of impactites
    • Chemical and mechanical interaction between projectiles and target rocks in experiments
    • Fluid-rock interaction and genesis of mineral deposits (Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa)

    Research projects:

    Publications (Selection)

    Koeberl, C., Claeys, P., Hecht, L., McDonald, I. (2012): Geochemistry of Impactites. Elements, 8, 37–42.

    Hecht, L., Wittek, A., Riller, U., Mohr, T., Schmitt, R.T., Grieve, R.A.F. (2008): Differentiation and emplacement of the Worthington Offset Dike of the Sudbury Impact Structure, Ontario. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 43, 1659-1679.

    Tagle, R. and Hecht, L. (2006): Geochemical identification of projectiles in impact rocks. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 41, 1721-1735.

    Hecht, L., Wittmann, A., Schmitt, R.T., Stöffler, D. (2004): Composition of impact melt particles and the effects of post-impact alteration in suevitic rocks at the YAX-1 drill core, Chicxulub crater, Mexico. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 39, 1169–1186.

    Hecht, L. and Cuney, M. (2000): Hydrothermal alteration of monazite in the Precambrian basement of the Athabasca Basin (Saskatchewan, CANADA): implications for the genesis of unconformity-related uranium deposits. Mineralium Deposita, 35, 791-795.