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Prof. Dr. Lena Noack

CV Lena Noack

Geodynamics and Mineral Physics of Planetary Processes


Head of Geodynamics and Mineral Physics of Planetary Processes group

Malteserstr. 74-100
Room B133, Building B
12249 Berlin
+49 (0) 30 838 4 636 94

Main research interests

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


  • Since 06/2017: Junior professorship
    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

Research group

  • Since 10/2017: Alexander Balduin, student assistant
  • Since 09/2018: Julia Schmidt, doctoral candidate within TRR 170 programme
  • 01/2019-08/2019: Claire Guimond, internship student within TRR 170 programme
  • Since 02/2019: Sara Vulpius, doctoral candidate within SPP 1833 programme

Research grants and scholarships

  • Since 2019: DFG (German Research Foundation) research grant (NO 1324/2-1): “Global Volatile Cycles on Early Earth”, subproject within SPP 1833 network “Building a Habitable Earth” (PI)
  • Since 2018: DFG (German Research Foundation) research grant (TRR 170 – C06): “Formation and Evolution of Crust on Early Earth”, subproject within TRR 170 network “Late Accretion onto Terrestrial Planets” (PI)
  • 2013-2015: North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN), “Evolution of the Continental Crust and Influences on Plate Tectonics”, funding for calculation time (Co-I)
  • 2010-2012: North-German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN), "Scaling laws for the mantle dynamics in exoplanets", funding for calculation time (Co-I)
  • 2009: Research scholarship within "HPC-Europa2" for a three-month stay in Italy at the Universita di Napoli Parthenope incl. calculation time on the super-computing system CINECA (PI)
  • 2008-2012: PhD scholarship of the University of Münster, Germany

Selected papers (for a full list, please click here)

  • Kislyakova K. and L. Noack (2020): Electromagnetic induction heating as the driver of volcanic activity on massive rocky planets, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 636, L10, https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/202037924.

  • T. Van Hoolst, L. Noack, A. Rivoldini 2019: Exoplanet interiors and habitability Advances in Physics: X, 4(1), 1630316
  • C. Dorn, L. Noack, A.B. Rozel 2018: Outgassing on stagnant-lid super-Earths. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 614, A18, 20 pages
  • L. Noack, A. Rivoldini and T. Van Hoolst 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
  • K.G. Kislyakova, L. Noack, C.P. Johnstone, V.V. Zaitsev, L. Fossati, H. Lammer, M.L. Khodachenko, P. Odert and M. Güdel 2017: Induction heating of planetary interiors: a hazard for habitability around M dwarfs. Nature Astronomy, Vol. 1, 878-885
  • L. Noack, D. Höning, A. Rivoldini, C. Heistracher, N. Zimov, B. Journaux, H. Lammer, T. Van Hoolst and J.H. Bredehöft 2016: Water-rich planets: how habitable is a water layer deeper than on Earth? Icarus, Vol. 277: 215-236.