Pierre Haenecour

Assistant Professor, Planetary Sciences

Assistant Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Member of the Graduate Faculty

Pierre grew up in Brussels (Belgium) and graduated with B.A. and M.S. degrees in Geology and Geochemistry from the Free University of Brussels. He then moved to St. Louis (Missouri) and obtained a M.A. degree and a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. His background is in geochemistry and cosmochemistry, from terrestrial samples (e.g., Pb and Zn isotopes in Archean komatiitic lava flows) to primitive extraterrestrial samples (e.g., meteorites and micrometeorites), using a variety of analytical techniques (e.g., multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and secondary ion mass spectrometry, Auger and Raman spectroscopy, and electron microscopy). As an Assistant Professor at LPL, his research interests focus on the identification and coordinated micro-analytical study of circumstellar (presolar) grains and organics in primitive planetary materials, such as meteorites, micrometeorites and interplanetary dust particles.

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Looking for highly motivated students interested in getting hands-on research related to laboratory analysis of planetary samples. The student would be using optical and electron microscopy to investigate the alteration history of unequilibrated meteorites.

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August 2023

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