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I have finished my PhD under supervision of Wim van Westrenen in the Geology and Geochemistry cluster, working in the field of planetary science. My research is focused on planet Mercury, its evolution, interior state and (rotational and interior) dynamics. The approach is widely interdisciplenary and involves high pressure experiments, adhoc planetary/mathematical modelling, and numerical magnetic field simulations. The work aims to serve the science community in preparation for the Bepi-Colombo mission to Mercury, which is set for launch in 2018. I take this oppurtunity to thank Yingwei Fei for facilitating a research visit at the Geophysycal Laboratory at the Carnegie Institute in Washington DC in Autumn 2015, and Ulrich Christensen and Johannes Wicht for facilitating a research visit at the MPS Institute in Gottingen in summer 2017, both during the course of this PhD.


Teaching assistent for courses:

Statistics and data-analysis (autumn 2014 and autumn 2015)

Wiskunde en natuurkunde (autumn 2015 and autumn 2016)


Mercury lecture in planetary science course (2014, 2015, 2016)


Supervising bachelor projects

Janneke de Jong (2015)

Jochem Kemp (2017)

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Education/Academic qualification

Planetary Science, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

1 Apr 201331 Mar 2018

Mathematics, Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Mathematics, Bachelor, VU University Amsterdam

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Research Output 2014 2018

  • 10 Article
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Calibration of a multi-anvil high-pressure apparatus to simulate planetary interior conditions

Knibbe, J., Luginbuehl, S. M., Stoevelaar, R., van der Plas, W., van Harlingen, D. M., Rai, N., Steenstra, E. S., van de Geer, R. & van Westrenen, W., 7 Jul 2018, In : EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation. 5, 5, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
hydrostatic pressure


Knibbe, J., 2018, 327 p.

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

Open Access

The thermal evolution of Mercury's Fe-Si core

Knibbe, J. & van Westrenen, W., 15 Jan 2018, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 482, p. 147-159

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

How large impacts changed Mercury's rotation

Knibbe, J. S., 20 Apr 2017, In : Amsterdam Science Magazine. 5, p. 15-15 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

On Mercury’s past rotation, in light of its large craters

Knibbe, J. S. & van Westrenen, W., 1 Jan 2017, In : Icarus. 281, p. 1-18

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

spatial distribution
rotational states

Press / Media

The curious case of Mercury's craters

Jurrien Knibbe


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Mysterieus Mercurius ontleed in het lab

Jurrien Knibbe


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other