Dr. Johannes C. Vrijmoed

Arbeitsbereich Mineralogie-Petrologie

Adresse Malteserstr. 74-100
Raum N21
12249 Berlin
Telefon 030 - 838 616 20
Fax 030 - 838 461 620
E-Mail j.c.vrijmoed@fu-berlin.de

Positions held


09/2016 - present

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin (with Prof. T. John)

03/2014 – 08/2016

Postdoctoral Researcher at ETH Zurich within the MADE-IN-EARTH ERC project (with Prof. L. Tajčmanová)

10/2011 – 02/2014

Premier Assistant at UNIL (with Prof. L. P. Baumgartner)

01/2010 – 10/2011

Assistant professional researcher UCSB (CA, USA) (with Prof. B. R. Hacker)

04/2009 – 01/2010

Researcher at PGP, UiO, Norway

11/2005 – 03/2009

Research Fellow at PGP, UiO, Norway (see PhD)


Visiting researcher at FALW, VU Amsterdam (with Prof. Dr. G.R. Davies)





PhD at PGP, University of Oslo, Norway. Thesis: “Physical and chemical interaction in the interior of the Caledonian mountains of Norway“. (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Y.Y. Podladchikov, Prof. Dr. H. Austrheim and Prof. Dr. T. B. Andersen)


MSc at FALW, VU Amsterdam. Thesis: “Tectonometamorphic and geochronological analysis of the Bud-Tornes area, NW-Norway: From Iapetus to Atlantic”. (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. G. R. Davies and Dr. H.L.M. van Roermund)


BSc in Structural Geology at FALW, VU Amsterdam. Bachelor thesis on theoretical and practical aspects of strike-slip tectonics, including structural analysis, mapping and paleostress analysis (supervisor Dr. C. Biermann).

Research highlights [1]:


  • Combining advanced thermodynamic modelling of phase equilibria in rocks to coupled fluid-flow reaction modelling [15, 16].
  • Development of new concepts in thermodynamic modelling of minerals and theoretical calculations of phase equilibria [8,11,14,18]
  • Coupling diffusion to mechanics [17].
  • Integrating regional scale mapping with detailed outcrop and thin section scale mapping [1, 4, 7, 10].
  • Trace element (LA-ICP-MS) [5] and isotope geochemistry (Rb-Sr) and radiometric dating (Sm-Nd, U-Pb) [1, 7], and Raman spectroscopy [2].


[1] numbers in brackets refer to publications.

Publications (peer reviewed):



Plümper, O., John, T., Podladchikov,  Y. Y. , Vrijmoed, J. C. & Scambelluri, M. (2017). Fluid escape from subduction zones controlled by channel-forming reactive porosity. Nature Geocience, Published online, doi:10.1038/ngeo2865


Teutsong, T., Bontognali, T. R. R., Ndjigui, P., Vrijmoed, J.C., Teagle, D., Vance, D. (2017) Petrography and geochemistry of the Mesoarchean Bikoula banded iron formations in the Ntem complex (Congo craton), Southern Cameroon: Implications for their origin. Ore Geology Reviews 80, pp. 267-288.


Zhong, X., Vrijmoed J. C., Tajčmanová L. (2016) Effect of grain–scale pressure variations on garnet growth: A numerical approach. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, n/a-n/a.


Zhong, X., Vrijmoed J. C., Tajčmanová L., Moulas, E. (2015) On coupling viscous relaxation and chemical diffusion under grain scale pressure variation. Geotectonic Research, 97. P 106-107.


Vrijmoed, J. C., Podladchikov, Y. Y., Malvoisin, B. (2015) Next generation reactive transport models. Geotectonic Research, 97, p. 98-99.


Malvoisin, B., Podladchikov, Y. Y. and Vrijmoed, J. C. (2015), Coupling changes in densities and porosity to fluid pressure variations in reactive porous fluid flow: Local thermodynamic equilibrium. Geochem. Geophy. Geosy. 16(12), pp. 4362-4387.


Vrijmoed, J.C., Podladchikov, Y. Y., (2015). Thermodynamic equilibrium at heterogeneous pressure. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 170, no. 1, pp. 1-27.


Moulas E., Tajčmanová L., Vrijmoed J. C., Podladchikov, Y. Y. (2015). Mechanically- versus diffusion-controlled metamorphic microstructure: An example from Rhodope Metamorphic Complex (Greece). Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 33, pp. 849-858.


Schenker, F. L., Schmalholz, S. M., Moulas, E., Pleuger, J., Baumgartner, L. P., Podladchikov, Y. Y., Müntener, O., Vrijmoed, J. C., Buchs, N. (2015). Current challenges for explaining (ultra)high-pressure tectonism in the Central and Western Penninic Alps. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 33-pp. 869-886.


Tajčmanová L., Vrijmoed J. C., Moulas E. (2015). Grain-scale Pressure Variations in Metamorphic Rocks: Implications for the Interpretation of Petrographic Observations. Lithos, 216-217, pp 338–351.


Semprich, J. and Vrijmoed, J. C. (2015). Effect of small-scale heterogeneities on interpretation of crustal compositions exemplified by a layered anorthosite. Lithos, 216-217, pp 298-314.


Ganzhorn, A.C., Labrousse, L., Prouteau, G., Leroy, C., Vrijmoed, J.C., Andersen, T.B., Arbaret, L., (2014). Structural, petrological and chemical analysis of syn-kinematic migmatites: insights from the Western Gneiss Region, Norway. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 32, pp. 647-673.


Tajčmanová L., Podladchikov Y. Y.,Powell R., Moulas E., Vrijmoed J. C. and Connolly J. A. D. (2014). Grain scale pressure variations and chemical equilibrium in high-grade metamorphic rocks. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 32, pp. 195-207.


Vrijmoed, J.C., Austrheim, H., John, T., Hin, R., Corfu, F. and Davies, G.R. (2013). Metasomatism in the ultra-high pressure Svartberget garnet-peridotite (Western Gneiss Region, Norway): Implications for the transport of crust-derived fluids within the mantle. Journal of Petrology, 54, no. 9, pp. 1815-1848.


Vrijmoed, J. C. and Hacker, B. R. (2014). Determining PT paths from garnet zoning using a brute-force computational method. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 167, no. 4, pp. 1-13.


Cottle, J. M., Kylander-Clark, A. and Vrijmoed, J. C., 2012, U-Th/Pb Geochronology of Detrital zircon and monazite by Single Shot Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (SS-LA-ICPMS). Chemical Geology, 332-333, pp. 136-147.



Vrijmoed, J. C., Podladchikov, Y. Y. and Andersen, T. B., and Hartz, E. H., 2009. An alternative model for ultra-high pressure in the Svartberget Fe-Ti garnet-peridotite, Western Gneiss Region, Norway. (2009) European Journal of Mineralogy, 21, no. 6, pp. 1119-1133.


Andersen, T. B., Mair, K., Austrheim, H., Podladchikov, Y. Y., Vrijmoed, J. C., 2008, Stress release in exhumed intermediate and deep earthquakes determined from ultramafic pseudotachylyte, Geology, 36, p. 995-998.


Vrijmoed, J. C., Smith, D. C. and Van Roermund, H. L. M., 2008. Raman Confirmation of Microdiamond in the Svartberget Fe-Ti type garnet peridotite, Western Gneiss Region, Western Norway. Terra Nova, 20, p. 295-301.


Vrijmoed, J. C., Van Roermund, H. L. M. and Davies, G. R., 2006. Evidence for diamond-grade ultra-high pressure metamorphism and fluid interaction in the Svartberget Fe-Ti garnet peridotite-websterite body, Western Gneiss Region, Norway. Mineralogy and Petrology, 88, p. 381-405.