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PD Dr. Lutz Hecht

Lutz Hecht
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8565

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


  • Acting Head of Science Programme Evolution and Geoprocesses
  • Research in the field of mineralogy and impact cratering
  • Coordinator of geochemical and microanalytical facilities
  • Head of electron microprobe laboratory
  • Head of scanning electron microscope laboratories (Geosciences)
  • Geo.X coordinator at MfN (


Research interests:

  • Petrology, geochemistry und alteration of impactites: e.g. Suevites at Chicxulub, Impact melt rocks at Roter Kamm, Offset Dikes at Sudbury, Pseudotachylites at Sudbury
  • Identification of impactors (e.g. Chicxulub, Roter Kamm)
  • Petrology and geochemistry of granitoids, AMCG-suites and metamorphic rocks
  • Fluid-rock interaction and genesis of mineral deposits (Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa): e.g. PGE mineralization in quartz-diorite dikes (Offset Dikes) of the Sudbury Impact Structure

Research projects:

  • On the fate of the projectile in impact cratering experiments
  • Genesis of PGE mineralization in Offset Dikes of the Sudbury Impact Structure, Canada
  • Petrology of pseudotachylites associated with the Sudbury Impact Structure, Canada
  • Petrology and emplacement of Quartz-Diorite Dikes (Offset Dikes) of the Sudbury Igneous Complex (Sudbury Impact Structure, Canada)

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.