Dr. Brendan A. Anzures

Dr. Brendan A. Anzures

Postdoctoral Fellow

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  Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Brendan Anzures is a planetary petrologist and geochemist with a spectroscopist twist interested in the chemical, thermal, and redox evolution of airless rocky bodies in the early solar system (Mercury, meteorites, and asteroids). He uses high-pressure, high-temperature experiments and meteorites to understand the chemical behavior of planetary materials at depth and at the surface, with a special focus on the behavior of volatiles (S, C, F, Cl, H). He holds a B.S. in Geology (magna cum laude) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. from Brown University in Planetary Geosciences.

During his time at LPI and the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division (ARES) at NASA Johnson Space Center, Dr. Anzures is working on experimentally determining the partitioning behavior of major, minor, and trace elements between silicate melt, sulfide melt, and metal under highly reduced, S-rich conditions relevant to Mercury, enstatite chondrites, and aubrites. He is also working to determine S speciation in silicate and sulfide melts to better understand melt structure and refine sulfur concentrations at sulfide saturation models.

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