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Prof. Dr. Addi Bischoff

WWU Münster - Planetology

Principal Investigator

Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, D-48149 Münster, Germany, Tel.: +49 251-8333465

About Me

I studied “Mineralogie” at the University of Münster (Diploma thesis in 1981), obtained a PhD in 1985 and turned in my “Habilitation Thesis” in 1990. During my PhD time I spent one year at the Institute of Meteoritics (Albuquerque, USA) and afterwards six months at the Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. Since 1986 I am scientist at the University of Münster. Currently I am working in the TRR 170 project B05 at the Institut für Planetologie.

My main research interests are

  • Formation and evolution of chondrites and their components
  • Brecciation and reaccretion on/of meteorite parent bodies
  • Early fluids and volatiles on Asteroids
  • Formation and evolution of differentiated meteorite parent bodies


1989: Victor-Moritz-Goldschmidt-Award of the German Mineralogical Society (DMG)
1993: Albert-Maucher-Award for Geosciences of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
1998: Fellow of the Meteoritical Society
2006: Asteroid 6757 “Addibischoff” named by the International Astronomical Union
2015: New mineral “Addibischoffite” named by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA)

Selected recent TRR-related publications 2018–2021


Storz J., Ludwig T., Bischoff A., Schwarz W. H., and Trieloff M.: Graphite in ureilites, enstatite chondrites, and unique clasts in ordinary chondrites – Insights from the carbon-isotope composition. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 307, 86–104 (2021).

Bischoff A., Alexander C. M. O’D., Barrat J.-A., Burkhardt C., Busemann H., Degering D., Di Rocco T., Fischer M., Fockenberg T., Foustoukos D. I., Gattacceca J., Godinho J. R. A., Harries D., Heinlein D., Hellmann J. L., Hertkorn N., Holm A., Jull A. J. T., Kerraouch I., King A. J., Kleine T., Koll D., Lachner J., Ludwig T., Merchel S., Mertens C. A. K., Morino P., Neumann W., Pack A., Patzek M., Pavetich S., Reitze M. P., Rüfenacht M., Rugel G., Schmidt C., Schmitt-Kopplin P., Schönbächler M., Trieloff M., Wallner A., Wimmer K., and Wölfer E.: The old, unique C1 chondrite Flensburg – Insight into the first processes of aqueous alteration, brecciation, and the diversity of water-bearing parent bodies and lithologies. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 293, 142–186 (2021).

Kerraouch I., Bischoff A., Zolensky M. E., Pack A., Patzek M., Hanna R. D., Fries M. D., Harries D., Kebukawa Y., Le L., Ito M., and Rahman Z.: The polymict carbonaceous breccia Aguas Zarcas: A potential analogue to samples being returned by the OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa2 missions. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 56, 277–310 (2021).


Lentfort S., Bischoff A., Ebert S., and Patzek M.: Classification of CM chondrite breccias – implications for the evaluation of samples from the OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa 2 missions. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 56, 127-147 (2021).

Patzek M., Hoppe P., Bischoff A., Visser R., and John T.: Hydrogen isotopic composition of CI- and CM-like clasts from meteorite breccias – Sampling unknown sources of carbonaceous chondrite material. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 272, 177-197 (2020).

Visser R., John T., Whitehouse M. J., Patzek M, and Bischoff A.: A short-lived 26Al induced hydrothermal alteration event in the outer solar system: Constraints from Mn/Cr ages of carbonates. Earth Planetary Science Letters 547, 116440 (2020).


Bischoff A., Schleiting M., and Patzek M.: Shock stage distribution of 2280 ordinary chondrites – Can bulk chondrites with a shock stage S6 exist as individual rocks? Meteoritics & Planetary Science 54, 2189-2202 (2019).

Alfing J., Patzek M., and Bischoff A.: Modal abundances of coarse-grained (>5 µm) components within CI-chondrites and their individual clasts – mixing of various lithologies on the CI parent body(ies). Geochemistry – Chemie der Erde 79, 125532; (2019).

Ebert S., Patzek M., Lentfort S., and Bischoff A.: Accretion of differentiated achondritic and aqueously-altered chondritic materials in the Early Solar System - significance of an igneous fragment in the CM chondrite NWA 12651. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 54, 2985–2995 (2019).

Kerraouch I., Ebert S., Patzek M., Bischoff A., Zolensky M. E., Pack A., Schmitt-Kopplin P., Belhai D., Bendaoud A., and Le L.: A light, chondritic xenolith in the Murchison (CM) chondrite – formation by fluid-assisted percolation during metasomatism? Geochemistry - Chemie der Erde 79, 125518; (2019).

Bischoff A., Barrat J.-A., Berndt J., Borovicka J., Burkhardt C., Busemann H., Hakenmüller J., Heinlein D., Hertzog J., Kaiser J., Maden C., Meier M. M. M., Morino P., Pack A., Patzek M., Reitze M. P., Rüfenacht M., Schmitt-Kopplin P., Schönbächler M., Spurny P., Weber I., Wimmer K., and Zikmund T.: The Renchen L5-6 chondrite breccia – the first confirmed meteorite fall from Baden-Württemberg (Germany). Geochemistry – Chemie der Erde 79, 125525; (2019).

Visser R., John T., Patzek M., Bischoff A., Whitehouse M.J.: Sulfur isotope study of sulfides in CI, CM, C2ung chondrites and volatile-rich clasts – Evidence for different generations and reservoirs of sulfide formation. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 261, 210-223 (2019).


Patzek M., Bischoff A., Visser R., and John T.: Mineralogy of volatile-rich clasts in brecciated meteorites. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 53, 2519-2540 (2018). Bischoff A., Schleiting M., Wieler R., and Patzek M.: Brecciation among 2280 ordinary chondrites – constraints on the evolution of their parent bodies. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 238, 516-541 (2018).

Visser R., John T., Menneken M., Patzek M., and Bischoff A.: Temperature constraints by Raman spectroscopy of organic matter in volatile-rich clasts and carbonaceous chondrites. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 241, 38-55 (2018).