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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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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Academic qualification

Planetary Science, PhD, Mercury, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

1 Apr 201331 Mar 2018

Award Date: 1 Jun 2018

Mathematics, Master, A statistical regression study on 32 years of total column ozone data, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 31 Mar 2013

Mathematics, Bachelor, Statistical analysis of cloud pressure and cloud coverage, VU University Amsterdam


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