Fumes and sulfur deposits on Vulcano S Italy. Photo: Gregor Willkommen
Bingham Canyon copper mine, UT, USA: Rio Tinto, Source: Spencer Musick

Fumes and sulfur deposits on Vulcano S Italy. Photo: Gregor Willkommen

Bingham Canyon copper mine, UT, USA: Rio Tinto, Source: Spencer Musick

  • SPP 2238 - Dynamics of Ore Metals Enrichment - DOME
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Bild: C. Kallich, SPP2238

Welcome to the homepage of the SPP 2238 - Dynamics of Ore Metals Enrichment.

This research program has been established through funding by the DFG for up to six years starting in 2020.

The over-riding goal of the DOME SPP is to find solutions to fundamental questions of element transport and mineralization in heterogeneous chemical systems that are complex, dynamic and highly transient. The topic of ore genesis has been studied for a long time from a combined field/laboratory perspective and also experimentally in simplified systems, but rarely have these techniques been integrated in a coordinated way with the third perspective from numerical process modeling. The originality and innovation potential of this SPP lies in the coordination of empirical field-related studies that define the geological/mineralogical framework of natural ore systems with experimental work and numerical models that provide a quantitative understanding of the processes involved. This coordinated approach is essential to achieve an understanding of natural ore systems sufficient to develop exploration models for deeply covered deposits. The program has two complementary theme areas: A) Ore-forming systems – natural boundary conditions, i.e. field-based studies on exemplary natural systems, B) Simulating the processes – constraints on metal mobilization and precipitation, i.e. laboratory simulations for determining thermodynamic and kinetic parameters needed for thermo-chemical-mechanical process modeling of ore systems. The SPP will integrate these two areas to explore links and feedbacks among key processes in ore systems and to derive integrated models of ore formation.


  • Maria Kokh published an article in Geochemical Perspectives Letters. Check out the Research Updates under the projects tab.
  • The Graduate School of Geosciences (GSGS) of the University of Cologne offers four international doctoral candidates the opportunity to pursue a doctorate as a part of the DOME project, supervised by a Cologne Geoscientist. For more details, click here.
  • The Portal Wissen university magazin published an article about the DOME-project.
  • The first general assembly took place from the 22.03.2021 until the 23.03.2021.


Scientific Committee and Contact


Prof. Dr. Max Wilke, Universität Potsdam

Committee members:

Prof. Dr. David Dolejš, Universität Freiburg 

Prof. Dr. Sarah Gleeson, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam GFZ / FU Berlin

Prof. Dr. Carmen Sanchez-Valle, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Dr. Robert Trumbull, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam GFZ

PrivDoz. Dr. Philipp Weis, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam GFZ / Universität Potsdam



Coordination office:

Dr. Maximilian Korges, Universität Potsdam, Institut für Geowissenschaften, phone +49 331 977 5836, korges@uni-potsdam.de

For scientific enquiries please contact the Priority Programme coordinator:

Prof. Max Wilke, Universität Potsdam, Institut für Geowissenschaften, phone +49 331 977 5108, wilkem@uni-potsdam.de

Questions on the DFG proposal process can be directed to:

Programme contact:  

Dr. Iris Sonntag, phone +49 228 885-2253, iris.sonntag@dfg.de

Administrative contact:

Jasmin Sowa-Rother, phone +49 228 885-2364, Jasmin.Sowa-Rother@dfg.de