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I am Edgar Steenstra, a Carnegie Fellow (2019-2021) at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington D.C. I obtained my PhD in March 2019 (Cum Laude). I currently focus on experimental petrology and its application on the formation and early evolution planetary bodies. I use a range of equipment (piston cylinder, gas mixing furnace, multi-anvil, synchrotron; elecron microprobe, Raman, spectroscopy, LA-ICP-MS and diamond anvil cell) to study geochemical processes at high pressure and temperature. Using this data, I study the formation and evolution of planetary bodies in the inner solar system. 


  • Planetary Science
  • Core Formation
  • Mercury
  • Moon
  • Mars
  • Asteroids
  • Geochemistry

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Research Output 2016 2020

  • 15 Article
  • 5 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU
volatile element

Constraints on planetary formation, accretion and differentiation from experimental petrology

Steenstra, E. S., 2019, 454 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

LA-ICP-MS analyses of Fe-rich alloys: Quantification of matrix effects for 193 nm excimer laser systems

Steenstra, E. S., Berndt, J., Klemme, S. & Van Westrenen, W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry. 34, 1, p. 222-231 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Excimer lasers
Laser ablation
Electron probe microanalysis

Significant depletion of volatile elements in the mantle of asteroid Vesta due to core formation

Steenstra, E. S., Dankers, D., Berndt, J., Klemme, S., Matveev, S. & van Westrenen, W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Icarus. 317, p. 669-681 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Vesta asteroid
volatile element
Earth mantle

A synthesis of geochemical constraints on the inventory of light elements in the core of Mars

Steenstra, E. S. & van Westrenen, W., 15 Nov 2018, In : Icarus. 315, p. 69-78 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

light elements
P-T conditions


2015 PSI Pierazzo Student Travel Award

Edgar Steenstra (Recipient), 13 Apr 2015


2017 LPI Young Career Development Award

Edgar Steenstra (Recipient), 21 Mar 2017