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Wim van Westrenen

Wim van Westrenen is interested in the use of experimental high-pressure, high-temperature apparatus to solve mineralogical and petrological problems in Earth and Planetary Science. To do so, his team subjects rock samples to extreme pressure and temperature conditions, and measures their chemical and physical properties.

He teaches (parts of) courses in mineralogy, rock recognition, mantle properties, magmatic processes, and planetary science, and is Director of Studies of the VU MSc programme ‘Earth Sciences’.

Wim van Westrenen is a member of the Young Academy Award. In 2013, he was appointed as full professor on a University Research Chair.