Filippe Ferreira

My research is focused on the rheology of rocks, that is, the behavior of deforming rocks when subjected to tectonic stresses. Through observations down to the nm-scale using electron-microscopy techniques (e.g. SEM, EBSD, TEM), I try to understand the processes involved in the flow of rocks within the Earth’s interior. I previously studied banded-iron formations deformed at conditions of the upper crust and peridotites deformed at the lab with the help of heavy machinery.

Currently, I am experimentally investigating how sudden releases in pressure, for example during seismic events, affect fluid-rock interactions in the Earth’s crust.

Research Interests:

Natural and experimental rock deformation

Rheology of the Earth’s crust and mantle

Scanning and transmission electron microscopy


Dr. Filippe Ferreira

Im Neuenheimer Feld 236

69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 54-6023

E-Mail: filippe.ferreira (at)