Henrik Friis

Associate Professor - Mineralogical Research Group
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Phone +47-22851622
Room 427
Visiting address Geological Museum
Postal address Postboks 1172, Blindern 0318 OSLO

Academic interests

My research focuses on different aspects of mineralogy. From how minerals are formed, over their internal structure to their physical properties, and how these can be used to design new materials. I am especially interested int he mineralogy of alkaline complexes due to their unique geochemistry and potential as REE resources. My fieldwork is primarily carried out on the alkaline complexes in South Greenland, Larvik area in Norway and North America.


Courses taught

GEL2110 - Mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry



2012 - Associate professor in mineralogy at NHM

2010-2012: Post Doc, University of British Columbia, Canada

2009-2010: Post Doc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2005-2009: PhD, University of St Andrews, Scotland

2004-2005: Consultant at the Technological Institute, Denmark

2000-2004: M.Sc. , University of Copenhagen, Denmark

1997-2000: B.Sc., University of Aarhus, Denmark


In the organising committee of the annual Kongsberg Mineral Symposium

Associate Editor for Canadian Mineralogist


American Mineralogical Association

Mineralogical society of UK and Ireland

Society of Mineral Museum Professionals

Fluorescent Minerals Society


Tags: Crystallography, Geology, Rare Earth Elements (REE), Beryllium, Alkaline complexes, Descriptive mineralogy, Luminescence, Crystal-chemistry


  • Friis, Henrik; Weller, Mark T. & Kampf, Anthony R. (2017). Hansesmarkite, Ca2Mn2Nb6O19·20H2O, a new hexaniobate from a syenite pegmatite in the Larvik Plutonic Complex, southern Norway. Mineralogical magazine.  ISSN 0026-461X.  81(3), s 543- 554 . doi: 10.1180/minmag.2016.080.109
  • Grice, Joel D.; Kristiansen, Roy; Friis, Henrik; Rowe, Ralph; Cooper, Mark A; Poirier, Glenn; Yang, Panseok & Weller, Mark T. (2017). Hydroxylgugiaite: a new beryllium silicate mineral from the Larvik plutonic complex, southern Norway and the Ilímaussaq alkaline complex, south Greenland; the first member of the melilite group to incorporate a hydrogen atom. Canadian Mineralogist.  ISSN 0008-4476.  55(2), s 219- 232 . doi: 10.3749/canmin.1700002

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  • Friis, Henrik (2018). A new single-crystal XRD for mineral sciences in Scandinavia.
  • Friis, Henrik (2018). Element mobility and new paragenesis of the Ivigtut cryolite deposit, South Greenland.
  • Friis, Henrik (2018). Why study rare minerals?.
  • Friis, Henrik (2017). Grønland - mere end 200 år med mineralfund.
  • Friis, Henrik (2017). Hexaniobater - en interessant gruppe av mineraler. Stein.  ISSN 0802-9121.  44(4), s 30- 33
  • Friis, Henrik & Casey, W. H. (2017). How to make niobium highly mobile.
  • Müller, Axel; Friis, Henrik; Johansen, Tor Sigvald; Werner, Ronald & Thorensen, Øyvind (2017). Sveconorwegian pegmatites of the Evje-Iveland area, South Norway, In Axel Bernd Müller (ed.),  Norwegian Pegmatites I: Tysfjord-Hamarøy, Evje-Iveland, Langesundsfjord.  Norsk Geologisk Forening.  ISBN 978-82-8347-020-8.  Kapittel 2.  s 48 - 102

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Published Oct. 26, 2012 10:31 AM - Last modified Apr. 19, 2013 3:47 PM

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