Geo- und Kosmochemie

Postberg   PD Dr. Frank Postberg

Institut für Geowissenschaften
Im Neuenheimer Feld 236 (Room 303)
69120 Heidelberg
Tel: +49 6221 548209

Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme
Pfaffenwaldring 29
70569 Stuttgart
Tel: +49 176 21213891



  • Education and employment
    1992-1998 Study of "Chemical Engineering", University of Applied Science, Darmstadt, Degree: graduate engineer ("Diplom Ingenieur")
    1998-2004 Study of physics, Darmstadt University, Degree: Diplom Physicist
    2005-2007 PhD Physics, Heidelberg University (carried out at MPI für Kernphysik)
    1998-2006 Environmental chemist as freelancer (part time) at the "chemlab GmbH" for environmental analytics in Bensheim
    2006-2007 Research Assistent, MPI für Kernphysik Heidelberg - Cosmic Dust Research Group
    Field of research: Evaluation and interpretation of mass spectra of the Cosmic Dust Analyser aboard the Cassini spacecraft, Software developement
    2007-2008 Postdoc position, MPI für Kernphysik Heidelberg, Cosmic Dust Research Group
    since 2008 Postdoc position, Heidelberg University, Institute of Earth Sciences, Geo- and Cosmochemistry Department
    2012 Habilitation (Venia Legendi), Mentor Prof. M. Trieloff, Faculty of Chemistry and Geoscience, Heidelberg University
  • Fields of research
    • Dust in the saturnian system: Evaluation and interpretation of mass spectra of the Cosmic Dust Analyser aboard the Cassini spacecraft currently at Saturn
    • Geochemitrs of icy moons in the Saturnian system with special focus on the active water-world Enceladus
    • Composition od interplanetary and interstellar dust
    • Laser-assisted water dispersion as an analogue for hypervelocity ice particle impacts
    • Experimental simulation of dust impacts on Aerogel in the framework of the Stardust mission
    • Laboratory calibration and development of dust detectors for space missions
  • Teaching
  • Important publications
    • Postberg, F., Hillier, J.K., Armes, S.P. et al. (2014) Stardust Interstellar Preliminary Examination IX: High speed interstellar dust analogue capture in Stardust flight-spare aerogel, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, MAPS12173, in press
    • Hsu, H.W., Krüger, H., Postberg, F. (2012) Dynamics, Composition, and Origin of Jovian and Saturnian Dust Stream Particles, in 'Nanodust in the Solar System: Discoveries and Interpretations', Editors: Ingrid Mann, Nicole Meyer-Vernet, Andrzej Czechowski, Springer Astrophysics and Space Science Library 385, ISBN 978-3-642-27542-5
    • Postberg, F., Schmidt J., Hillier, J.K. et al. (2011) A salt-water reservoir as the source of a compositionally stratified plume on Enceladus, Nature, Vol. 474, Issue 7353, p. 620-622
    • Postberg, F., Grün E., Horanyi M. et al. (2011) Compositional Mapping of Planetary Moons by Mass Spectrometry of Dust Ejecta, Planetary and Space Science, Vol. 59, p. 1815-1825, doi:10.1016/j.pss.2011.05.001
    • Postberg, F., Kempf, S., Schmidt, J. et al. (2009) Sodium Salts in E Ring Ice Grains from an Ocean below the Surface of Enceladus, Nature, Vol. 459, Issue 7250, p. 1098-1101
    • Postberg, F., Hillier, J.K., Kempf, et al. (2008) The E-ring in the vicinity of Enceladus II: Probing the moon's interior - the composition of E-ring particles, Icarus, vol. 193, p. 438-454.
    • Postberg, F., Kempf, S., Srama, R. et al. (2006) Composition of Jovian Dust Stream Particles, Icarus, vol. 183, p. 122-134.
    • Kempf, S., Srama, R., Postberg, F. et al. (2005) Composition of Saturnian Stream Particles, Science, vol. 307, p. 1274-1276.



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