Maximilian Schanofski, MSc

Position: PhD Student

Area of expertise: fluids in magmas, exolution of volatiles during magma ascent, FTIR Spectroscopy, IHPV experiments

Research Interests

Experimental Mineralogy. I conduct IHPV and Piston Cylinder Press Experiments to simulate magma storage and ascent conditions. My PhD project aims at understanding the role of CO2 during ascent of H2O–CO2 bearing magmas. Carbon dioxide is the second most abundant volatile component in natural magmas and can reach very high values in alkali-rich compositions. It is considered the first volatile to degas at depth, potentially controlling the onset of magma degassing and having a strong impact on volcanic explosivity.


since 2018: PhD studies at the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

PhD thesis:

2015 – 2018: MSc studies at the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

Master thesis: CO2 and H2 O-solubility in volcanic melts using the example of ultrapotassic compositions of Central Italy

2011 – 2015: BSc studies at the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

Bachelor thesis: K-Ar age determinations and clay-mineralogical investigations on fine fractions from Sierra Ballena Shear Zone, Uruguay


Schanofski, M., Fanara, S. & Schmidt, B. C. (2019). H2O-CO2 solubility in K-rich phonolitic and leucititic melts. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 174, 52. doi

Hueck, M. Oriolo, S., Dunk, I., Wemmer, K., Oyhantçabal, P., Schanofski, M., Stipp Basei, M. Â. & Siegesmund, S. (2017). Phanerozoic low-temperature evolution of the Uruguayan Shield along the South American passive margin. Journal of the Geological Society, 174 (4): 609–626. doi