Margret Fuchs - business card

Research interests

  • Development of non-invasive technologies for material characterisation in the field of raw material exploration 
    • innovation in optical spectroscopy-based methods and technologies (prototypes, adapted solutions)
    • multi-sensor integration for efficient material imaging
    • designing smart sensor networks for agile decision making 
    • we focus on: reflectance spectroscopy (VNIR - LWIR), Laser-induced fluorescence (LiF), Raman, XRF, LIBS ...
  • Luminescence spectroscopy with focus on critical raw materials, e.g. rare earth elements (REE)
    • Spectral characterisation of critical resources (fingerprints, matrix effects)
    • Development of advanced data processing routines 
  • Geochronology in earth sciences to quantify surface process rates and reconstruct paleo-environments
    • Luminescence dating in high mountains and arctic/permafrost environments
    • Development of data processing routines in luminescence dating

Selected research and innovation projects

  • inSPECtor: EIT RawMaterials upscaling project (2017 - 2020)
    • development of an integrated reflectance and laser-induced fluorescence sensor system for REE mapping in drill cores
    • partners: HZDR (lead), TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Freiberg Instruments, SPECIM 
  • RAMSES-4-CE: EIT RawMaterials upscaling project (2020 - 2024)
    • development of Raman spectroscopy integrated with an reflectance and laser-induced fluorescence sensor system and combined with advanced machine learning for efficient material characterisation of e-waste
    • partners: HZDR (lead), TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Freiberg Instruments
  • H2GIGA: BMBF cluster project - sub-project: recycling - sustainable resource use (2021 - 2025)
    • development of an efficient sensor combination for the rapid characterisation of electrolyser cells
    • digitalisation of material composition for subsequent recycling processing decisions
    • partners: KIT, FhG-IPA, HZDR-HIF, RWTH-IME, TU Bergakademie Freiberg IKFVW, Nickelhütte Aue, Heraeus Deutschland GmbH&Co KG, OEKO, DECHEMA, FZJ 
  • DIGISORT: BMBF cluster project - recycling / green batteries (2021 - 2023)
    • development an optical sensor system for the rapid characterisation of battery components
    • digitalisation of material stream for subsequent recycling processing decisions
    • partners: HZDR-HIF, TU Bergakademie Freiberg IAP and MVTAT
  • InfraDatRec: BMBF infrastructure - setup of Data Mining Lab Freiberg (2021 - 2023)
    • improvement of data availability in the field of battery materials and technologies



  • Dietze, M., Kreutzer, S., Fuchs, M.C., Meszner, S. (discussion paper): sandbox–Creating and Analysing Synthetic Sediment Sections with R. Geochronology discussions, doi: 10.5194/gchron-2021-39.
  • Fuchs, M.C., Beyer, J., Lorenz, S., Sharma, S., Renno, A., Heitmann, J., Gloaguen, R. (2021): A spectral library for laser-induced fluorescence analysis as a tool for rare earth element identification. Earth System Science Data 13 (9), 4465–4483, doi: 10.5194/essd-13-4465-2021.
  • Murton, J.B. , Opel, T., Toms, P., Blinov, A., Fuchs, M.C., Wood, J., Gärtner, A., Merchel, S., Rugel, G., Savvinov, G., Wetterich, S. (under review): A multimethod dating study of ancient permafrost, Batagay megaslump, east Siberia. Quaternary Research (2021), 1-22, doi: 10.1017/qua.2021.27.
  • Scheingross, J.S., Repasch, M.N., Hovius, N., Sachse, D., Lupker, M., Fuchs, M., Halevy, I., Gröcke, D.R., Golombek, N.Y., Haghipour, N., Eglinton, T.I., Orfeo, O., Schleicher, A.M.(under review): The fate of fluvially-deposited organic carbon during transient floodplain storage. EPSL 561, 116822, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2021.116822.


  • Fuchs, M.C., Beyer, J., Lorenz, S., Sharma, S., Renno, A., Heitmann, J., Gloaguen, R. (2020): Spectral library of laser-induced fluorescence (LiF) properties from Smithsonian rare-earth element (REE) orthophosphate standards. data set at zenodo:
  • Tusa, L., Khodadadzadeh M., Contreras C., Rafiezadeh Shahi K., Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen R., Gutzmer, J. (2020): Drill-core mineral abundance estimation using hyperspectral and high-resolution mineralogical data. Remote Sensing 12 (7), 1218,

  • Sudharshan, V., Seidel, P, Ghamisi, P., Lorenz, S., Fuchs, M.C., Shaik Fareedh, J., Neubert, P., Schubert, S., Gloaguen, R. (2020): A data fusion approach using RGB and hyperspectral data to detect objects in material streams based on Guided Object Localisation. IEEE Sensors Journal 20 (19), 11490 - 11498,

  • Repasch, M.N., Wittmann, H., Scheingross, J.S., Sachse, D., Szupiany, R., Orfeo, O., Fuchs, M.C., Hovius, N. (2020): Sediment transit time and floodplain storage dynamics in alluvial rivers revealed by meteoric 10Be. JGR Earth Surface 125 (7), e2019JF005419,


  • Sharma, S., Koehler, T., Beyer, J., Fuchs, M.C., Meyer, D.C., Gloaguen, R., Heitmann, J. (2019): Extending the temperature sensing range using Eu3+luminescence up to 865 K in a single crystal of EuPO4. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019,21, 16329-16336,
  • Wetterich, S., Rudaya, N., Kuznetsov, V., Maksimov, F., Opel, T., Meyer, H., Guenther, F., Bobrov, A., Raschke, E., Zimmermann, H., Strauss, J., Starikova, A., Fuchs, M.C., Schirrmeister, L. (2019): Ice Complex formation on Bol’shoy Lyakhovsky Island (New Siberian Archipelago, East Siberian Arctic) since about 200 ka. Quaternary Research 92(2), p. 530-548,

  • Lorenz, S., Beyer, J., Fuchs, M.C., Seidel, P., Turner, D., Heitmann, J., Gloaguen, R. (2019): The Potential of Reflectance and Laser Induced Luminescence Spectroscopy for Near-Field Rare Earth Element Detection in Mineral Exploration. Remote Sensing 11, pp 21, doi: 10.3390/rs11010021.


  • Sulaymonova, V.A., Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R., Möckel, R., Merchel, S., Rudolph, M., Krbetschek, M.R. (2018): Feldspar flotation as a quartz-purification method in cosmogenic nuclide dating: A case study of fluvial sediments from the Pamir, MethodsX, 2018,

  • Fuchs, M.C., Lorenz, S., Beyer, J., Seidel, P., Sharma, S., Gloaguen, R. (2018): inSPECtorintegrated

    spectroscopy sensor system for laser-induced fluorescence and hyperspectral imaging.

    EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 20, 14649.


  • Kreutzer, S., Burow, C., Dietze, D., Fuchs, M.C., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C. (2017): Software in the context of luminescence dating: status, concepts and suggestions exemplified by the R package Luminescence. Ancient TL 35 (2), 1-11.

  • Ashastina, K., Schirrmeister, L., Fuchs, M.C., Kienast, F. (2017): Palaeoclimate characteristics in interior Siberia of MIS 6-2: First insights from the Batagay permafrost mega-thaw slump in the Yana Highlands. Clim. Past 13, 795-818.

  • Opel, T., Wetterich, S., Meyer, H., Dereviagin, A.Y., Fuchs, M.C., Schirrmeister, L. (2017): Groundice stable isotopes and cryostratigraphy reflect late Quaternary palaeoclimate in the Northeast Siberian Arctic (Oyogos Yar coast, Dmitry Laptev Strait). Clim. Past 13, 587-611.

  • Schirrmeister, L., Schwamborn, G., Overduin, P.P., Strauss, J., Fuchs, M.C., Grigoriev, M., Yakshina, I., Rethemeyer, J., Dietze, E., Wetterich, S. (2017): Yedoma Ice Complex of the Buor Khaya Peninsula (southern Laptev Sea). Biogeosciences 14, 1261-1283.


  • Burow, C., Kreutzer, S., Dietze, M., Fuchs, M.C., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C., Brückner, H. (2016): RLumShiny - A graphical user interface for the R Package Luminescence. Ancient TL 34 (2), 22-32.
  • Schirrmeister, L., Meyer, H., Andreev, A., Wetterich, S., Kienast, F., Bobrov, A., Fuchs, M.C., Sierralta, M., Herzschuh, U. (2016): Late Quaternary paleoenvironmental records from the Chatanika River valley near Fairbanks (Alaska). Quaternary Science Reviews 147, 259-278.
  • Dietze, M., Kreutzer, S., Burow, C., Fuchs, M.C., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C. (2016): The abanico plot: Visualising chronometric data with individual standard errors, Quaternary Geochronology 31, 12-18.


  • Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R., Merchel, S., Pohl, E., Sulaymonova, V.A., Andermann, C., Rugel, G. (2015): Denudation rates across the Pamir based on 10Be concentrations in fluvial sediments: dominance oftopographic over climatic factors. Earth Surf. Dynam., 3, 423–439.
  • Fuchs, M.C., Kreutzer, S., Burow, C., Dietze, M., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C., Fuchs, M. (2015): Data processing in luminescence dating analyses: An exemplary workflow using the R package 'Luminescence'. Quaternary International 362, 8-13. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.06.034.


  • Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R., Krbetschek, M., Szulc, A. (2014): Rates of river incision across the main tectonic units of the Pamir identified using optically stimulated luminescence dating of fluvial terraces. Geomorphology 216, 79-92. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.03.027.


  • Fuchs, M.C., Boehlert, R., Krbetschek, M., Preusser, F., Egli, M. (2013): Exploring the potential of luminescence methods for dating Alpine rock glaciers. Quaternary Geochronology 18, 17-33. doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2013.07.001.
  • Dietze, M., Kreutzer, S., Fuchs, M.C., Burow, C., Fischer, M., Schmidt, C. (2013): A practical guide to the R package Luminescence. Ancient TL 31, 11-18.
  • Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R. (2013): GEOSITES - Tectonic and climatic forcing on the rivers in Pamir. International Journal of Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s00531-013-0929-x.
  • Fuchs, M.C., Gloaguen, R., Pohl, E. (2013): Tectonic and climatic forcing on the Panj river system during the Quaternary. International Journal of Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s00531-013-0916-2.
  • Bussmann, J., Stele, A., Härtling, J.W., Zielhofer, C., Fuchs, M.C. (2013): Holocene sediment dynamics in the vicinity of a roman battle field near Osnabrueck (NW-Germany). Zeitschrift fuer Geomorphologie 58, 097-117. doi: 10.1127/0372-8854/2013/S-00133.


  • Kreutzer, S., Schmidt, C., Fuchs, M.C., Dietze, M., Fischer, M., Fuchs, M. (2012): Introducing an R package for luminescence dating analysis. Ancient TL 30, 1-8.


  • Lauer, T., Bonn, R., Frechen, M., Fuchs, M.C., Trier, M., Tsukamoto, S. (2011): Geoarchaeological studies on Roman time harbour sediments in Cologne - Comparison of different OSL dating techniques. Geochronometria, DOI 10.2478/s13386-011-0020-y
  • Schirrmeister, L., Grosse, G., Schnelle, M., Fuchs, M.C., Krbetschek, M., Ulrich, M., Kunitsky, V.V., Grigoriev, M., Andreev, A., Kienast, F., Meyer, H., Babiy, O., Klimova, I., Bobrov, A., Wetterich, S., Schwamborn, G. (2011): Late Quaternary paleoenvironmental records from western Lena Delta, Arctic Siberia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 299, 175-196.


  • Schirrmeister, L., Grosse, G., Kunitsky, V.V., Fuchs, M.C., Krbetschek, M., Andreev, A.A., Herzschuh, U., Babyi, O., Siegert, C., Meyer, H., Derevyagin, A.Y., Wetterich, S. (2010): The mystery of Bunge Land (New Siberian Archipelago): Implications for its formation based on palaeoenvironmental records, geomorphology, and remote sensing. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 3598-3614.
  • Luethgens, C., Krbetschek, M., Boese, M., Fuchs, M.C. (2010): Optically stimulated luminescence dating of fluvioglacial (sandur) sediments from north-eastern Germany. Quaternary Geochronology 5, 237-243.

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