Lena Noack

Prof. Dr. Lena Noack

Freie Universität Berlin - Geochemistry

Principal Investigator



Main research interests

Mineral physics of planetary processes
Mantle convection and crust formation
Atmosphere build-up and habitability


  • Since 06/2017: Junior professor
    Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Earth Sciences, Berlin, Germany
  • 10/2012-05/2017: Post-doc position
    Royal Observatory of Belgium, Department Reference systems and Geodynamics, Brussels, Belgium
  • 10/2008-09/2012: Doctoral studies
    German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute for Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany
Selected papers


Noack, L., Rivoldini, A., Van Hoolst, T., 2017: Volcanism and outgassing of stagnant-lid planets: Implications for the habitable zone. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Vol. 269, pp. 40-57.


Noack, L., Höning, D., Rivoldini, A., Heistracher, C., Zimov, N., Journaux, B., Lammer, H., Van Hoolst, T., Bredehöft, J. H., 2016: Water-rich planets: how habitable is a water layer deeper than on Earth?. Icarus, Vol. 277: 215-236.


Noack, L., Godolt, M., von Paris, P., Plesa, A.-C., Stracke, B., Breuer, D., Rauer, H.,
2014: Constraints on planetary habitability from interior modeling.
PSS, special issue "Planetary evolution and life", doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2014.01.003, 98, 14-29.

Noack, L. and D. Breuer, 2014: Plate tectonics on rocky exoplanets: Influence of initial conditions and rheology. PSS, special issue "Planetary evolution and life", doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2013.06.020, 98, 41-49.