James A. Van Orman



212 A.W. Smith

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Degree: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA (2000)

Expertise: Geochemistry and Mineral Physics

My group studies planetary interiors (including our own) using a combination of experiments and modeling, constrained by observations. Recent and current research topics include the role of volatiles in the formation and evolution of the Moon; the chemical evolution of planetary cores; isotope fractionation in magmatic processes; diffusion in mantle, core and crustal minerals; chemical processes in Earth’s core-mantle boundary region; and the sequence and timing of events leading up to the planet-building stage in the early solar system.

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