Katharina Lodders


Katharina Lodders is a German-American planetary scientist and cosmochemist who works as a research professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where she co-directs the Planetary Chemistry Laboratory.[1] Her research concerns the chemical composition of solar and stellar environments, including the atmospheres of planets, exoplanets, and brown dwarfs, and the study of the temperatures at which elements condense in stellar environments.[2][3]

Education and careerEdit

Lodders completed her doctorate in 1991 at the University of Mainz, with research on the cosmochemistry of trace elements performed at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry.[4] She joined Washington University in St. Louis as a postdoctoral researcher in 1992 before continuing there as a research professor.[2]

She served as a program director for galactic astronomy at the National Science Foundation from 2010 to 2013.[5]


Lodders is the coauthor of books including:

  • The Planetary Scientist's Companion (with Bruce Fegley, Jr., Oxford University Press, 1998)[6]
  • Chemistry of the Solar System (with Bruce Fegley, Jr., Royal Society of Chemistry, 2010)[7]


Lodders won the 2021 Leonard Medal of The Meteoritical Society, its highest award, "for her work on the condensation of presolar grains in stellar atmospheres and her compilation of the Solar System Abundances of the Elements and the condensation temperatures of the elements".[8]


  1. ^ "Katharina Lodders", People, Washington University in St. Louis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, retrieved 2022-09-05
  2. ^ a b "Author commentaries from special topics: Katharina Lodders, from the special topic of Astrochemistry", ScienceWatch, May 2008, retrieved 2022-09-05
  3. ^ Ballard, Shawn (29 October 2020), A conversation with two award-winning space scientists, Washington University in St. Louis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, retrieved 2022-09-05
  4. ^ "Katharina Lodders", AstroGen, American Astronomical Society, retrieved 2022-09-05
  5. ^ Ulvestad, Jim (May–June 2010), "News from NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)" (PDF), AAS Newsletter (152): 8–9; Solomatov, Slava (Fall 2013), "Overview" (PDF), Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Newsletter, Washington University in St. Louis (13): 2
  6. ^ Reviews of The Planetary Scientist's Companion:
    • Bell, Jim (1999), "Two resources for planetary scientists", Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 80 (24): 272, Bibcode:1999EOSTr..80..272B, doi:10.1029/99eo00199
    • Cain, Joseph (October 2001), The Leading Edge, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 20 (10): 1190–1191, doi:10.1190/tle20101190.1{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Palme, Herbert (2000), Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 35 (3): 643, Bibcode:2000M&PS...35..643P{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Schultz, Ludolf (2000), Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry, 37 (2): 211–212, Bibcode:2000JAtC...37..211S, doi:10.1023/a:1006412205186, ProQuest 742436030{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Sky and Telescope, 97 (6): 92, 1999, Bibcode:1999S&T....97f..92L{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  7. ^ Reviews of Chemistry of the Solar System:
    • Finlay, Chris (2011), "Review", Reviews: HEA Guide to Publications in the Physical Sciences, 22 (12): 10
    • Price, Stephen (26 August 2011), "Astrochemistry", Chemistry World
    • Righter, Kevin (September 2011), Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 46 (9): 1425–1426, Bibcode:2011M&PS...46.1425R, doi:10.1111/j.1945-5100.2011.01243.x{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  8. ^ Leonard Medal for 2021, The Meteoritical Society, retrieved 2022-09-05

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