The Planetary Chemistry Laboratory at Washington University in Saint Louis

Welcome to the Planetary Chemistry Laboratory

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The Planetary Chemistry Laboratoryhe Planetary Chemistry Laboratory is run by Professor Bruce Fegley, Jr. and Dr. Katharina Lodders in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. We specialize in modeling gas and condensation chemistry in the atmospheres of the Earth, terrestrial planets and exoplanets, gas giants and their satellites, and cool stars. Please look at our Research page to see what we do.

Published peer-reviewed papers by Prof. Fegley and Dr. Lodders are listed/available through the Publications page for your personal use. Posters, talks, and abstracts presented at conferences and meetings are posted under Presentations (this site under construction).

News items about current research, published papers, and other goings-on in the Planetary Chemistry Laboratory are posted below.

Our site is under construction, so come back soon to see the improvements and updated content!

Gero Kurat (1938 – 2009)

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Gero Kurat holding the angrite D'Obrigny. Photo was taken in Buenos Aires, 2000.

We were deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of our friend and colleague Gero Kurat last week. Gero was the Director of the Mineralogy and Petrology Department of the Natural History Museum of Vienna for 35 years until his retirement in 2004. Gero served as both Vice-President (1999-2000) and President (2001-2002) of the Meteoritical Society. He is survived by his wife Frigga, his children Markus and Barbara, and their families.


Here is how we prefer to remember Gero. He will be sorely missed.

News Article on Exoplanet Atmospheres

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A news article describing research done by Prof. Fegley on the compositions and natures of planetary atmospheres can be found here: “Astronomer studies Extrasolar Atmospheres”.

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