Anette von der Handt

Research Associate

Electron Microprobe Specialist

  • Quantitative microanalysis of the ultralight elements (B, C, N, O, F)
  • Quantitative microanalysis at low accelerating voltages to improve spatial resolution
  • Trace element analysis with a focus on those used for thermobarometry
  • Quantitative analysis of beam-sensitive materials
  • Quantitative X-ray mapping methods for accurate bulk analysis and mineralogy
  • Speciation of transition metals (Fe, Cr, Mn, V) using soft X-ray emission spectroscopy
  • Reference material development and accreditation

Positions held

Currently: Research Associate / Electron Microprobe Lab Manager at the University of British Columbia

06/2020-12/2021: Research Associate Professor / Electron Microprobe Lab Manager at the University of Minnesota

10/2012 – 05/2020: Research Associate / Electron Microprobe Lab Manager at the University of Minnesota

05/2009 – 09/2012: Akademische Rätin (= C1 position/Assistant professor) at the University of Freiburg.

02/2008-04/2009: Post-doctoral research scholar at the University of Hawaii, Geology and Geophysics Department. Project: Reconstructing the architecture of slow-spreading crust through thermobarometry.



06/2008: Dr. rer. nat (summa cum laude), Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Geochemistry Division. Thesis title: Deciphering petrological signatures of cooling and reactive melt stagnation at ultraslow-spreading ridges. Committee: Prof. Albrecht Hofmann (Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry), Dr. Eric Hellebrand (University of Hawaii), Prof. Richard White (University of Mainz).

09/2003: Diplom-Geologin. Thesis title: Impregnation-triggered breakdown: a case study of plagioclase peridotites from the Gakkel Ridge, Arctic Ocean. Supervisor Dr. Jonathan Snow (Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, now University of Houston)



K.F.J. Heinrich Award, 2023, Microanalysis Society

  • Spry, P. G., Berke, E. H., Layton-Matthews, D., Voinot, A., Heimann, A., Teale, G. S., & von der Handt, A. (2024): The trace element chemistry of amphibole, magnetite, and ilmenite as potential exploration guides to metamorphosed Proterozoic Cu-Zn±Pb±Au±Ag volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits in Colorado. Mineralogical Magazine, 1-76.
  • Godbole, E., Hewage, N., von der Handt, A., & Poerschke, D. (2023): Quantifying the efficiency of reactions between silicate melts and rare earth aluminate-zirconate T/EBC materials. Journal of the European Ceramic Society.
  • Donovan, J.J., Moy, A., von der Handt, A., Gainsforth, Z., Maner, J.L., Nachlas, W. and Fournelle, J. (2023): New Method for Dead Time Calibration and a New Expression for Correction of WDS Intensities for Microanalysis. American Mineralogist.
  • Lin, Y.H., Bohn, A., Cheng, J.Y., von der Handt, A., Mara, N.A., Poerschke, D.L. (2023): Gas nitriding behavior of refractory metals and implications for multi-principal element alloy design, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 947,
  • Moy, A., von der Handt, A. and Fournelle, J. (2022): Solving the iron quantification problem in low-kV EPMA: An essential step toward improved analytical spatial resolution in electron probe microanalysis—Fe-sulfides. American Mineralogist, 107(8), pp.1532-1544.
  • Mosenfelder, J.L., von der Handt, A., Withers, A.C., Bureau, H., Raepsaet, C., and Rossman, G.R. (2022): Coupled hydrogen and fluorine incorporation in garnet: new constraints from FTIR, ERDA, SIMS, and EPMA. American Mineralogist 107 (4): 587–602. doi:10.2138/am-2021-7880.
  • Godbole, E., von der Handt, A. and Poerschke, D., (2022): Apatite and garnet stability in the Al–Ca–Mg–Si–(Gd/Y/Yb)–O systems and implications for T/EBC: CMAS reactions. Journal of the American Ceramic Society105(2), pp.1596-1609.
  • Kraft, N.* and von der Handt, A. (2021): Probelab ReImager: An open-source software for streamlining image processing in an electron microscopy laboratory. Microscopy Today, 29(2), 38-41. doi:10.1017/S1551929521000481.
  • von der Handt, A., & Mosenfelder, J. (2021): B, C, N and O analysis by EPMA-SXES. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 27(S1), 3332-3335.
  • Moy, A., von der Handt, A., Fournelle, J., Nachlas, W., & Donovan, J. (2021): Universal Mean Atomic Number curves for EPMA calculated by Monte Carlo simulations. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 27(S1), 1098-1101.
  • Donovan, J.J., Allaz, J.M., von der Handt, A. Seward, G.E., Neill, O. Goemann, K., Chouinard, J. Carpenter, P. (2021): Quantitative WDS compositional mapping using the electron microprobe. American Mineralogist. doi:10.2138/am-2021-7739.
  • von der Handt, A., Moy, A., & Fournelle, J. (2020): Quantitative Microanalysis of Chromites and Garnets at Low kV Using Fe and Cr Lα and Lβ X-ray Lines. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 26(S2), 54-56.
  • Fournelle, J., Goemann, K., & von der Handt, A. (2020): A New Kakanui Hornblende for Use by EPMA Labs. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 26(S2), 2162-2164.
  • Kadel-Harder, I. M., Spry, P. G., Layton-Matthews, D., Voinot, A., von der Handt, A., & McCombs, A. L. (2020). Paragenetic relationships between low and high-grade gold mineralization in the Cripple Creek Au-Te deposit, Colorado: trace element studies of pyrite. Ore Geology Reviews, 103847.
  • Boulanger, M., France, L., Deans, J. R., Ferrando, C., Lissenberg, J. C., & Von Der Handt, A. (2020). Magma reservoir formation and evolution at a slow-spreading center (Atlantis Bank, Southwest Indian Ridge). Frontiers in Earth Science, 8, 397.
  • Mosenfelder, J.L., Andrys, J.L., von der Handt, A., Kohlstedt, D.L. and Hirschmann, M.M. (2020). Hydrogen Incorporation in Plagioclase. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (277), pp. 87-110.
  • Bullock, E., Locock, A., von der Handt, A., Fournelle, J., Dungan, M., & Donovan, J. (2020): Including the Oxidation State of Iron to Improve Matrix Corrections in EPMA Analyses. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 26(S2), 1876-1877.
  • Whitney, D.L., Hamelin, C., Teyssier, C., Raia, N.H., Korchinski, M.S., Seaton, N.C., Bagley, B.C., von der Handt, A., Roger, F. and Rey, P.F. (2020). Deep crustal source of gneiss dome revealed by eclogite in migmatite (Montagne Noire, French Massif Central). Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 38(3), pp.297-327.
  • Moy, A., Fournelle, J., and von der Handt, A. (2019). Solving the Iron Quantification Problem in Low kV EPMA: An essential step toward improved analytical spatial resolution in electron probe microanalysis. I. Olivines. American Mineralogist.
  • Moy, A., Fournelle, J., and von der Handt, A. (2019). Quantitative measurement of iron-silicides by EPMA using the Fe Lα and Lβ X-ray lines: a new twist to an old approach. Microscopy and Microanalysis.
  • von der Handt, A., & Mosenfelder, J. (2019): Soft X-ray Emission Spectroscopy of Borosilicate Glasses and Minerals by SXES and EPMA-WDS. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 25(S2), 270-271.
  • von der Handt, A., Mosenfelder, J., Dalou, C., & Hirschmann, M. M. (2019): Recent Advances in the Analysis of Nitrogen by EPMA. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 25(S2), 2320-2321.
  • Liu, L., Sun, C., Zhang, C., Voyles, P.M., Fournelle, J., Handt, A. and Perepezko, J.H., (2019). Examination of B in the Mo solid solution (Moss) in Moss+ Mo5SiB2+ Mo2B alloys. Scripta Materialia, 163, pp.62-65.
  • Mosenfelder, J.L., Von Der Handt, A., Füri, E., Dalou, C., Hervig, R.L., Rossman, G.R. and Hirschmann, M.M., (2019). Nitrogen incorporation in silicates and metals: Results from SIMS, EPMA, FTIR, and laser-extraction mass spectrometry. American Mineralogist: Journal of Earth and Planetary Materials, 104(1), pp.31-46.
  • Zhang, Z., Von der Handt, A., MM Hirschmann, MM. (2018). An experimental study of Fe–Ni exchange between sulfide melt and olivine at upper mantle conditions: implications for mantle sulfide compositions and phase equilibria. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 173:19.
  • Zhang, Z., Hastings, P., Von der Handt, A., MM Hirschmann, MM. (2018). Experimental determination of carbon solubility in Fe-Ni-S melts. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 225, 66-79.
  • von der Handt, A., Takahashi, H., Takakura, M., Dalou, C., Mosenfelder, J., & Hirschmann, M. M. (2018): Investigation of nitrogen in silicate glasses and iron alloys by SXES. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 24(S1), 2024-2025.
  • Voigt, M., Coogan, L.A., von der Handt, A., (2017). Experimental investigation of the stability of clinopyroxene in mid-ocean ridge basalts: The role of Cr and Ca/Al. Lithos, 274–275, 240-253.
  • Dalou, C., Hirschmann, M.M., von der Handt, A., Mosenfelder, J., Armstrong, L.S. (2017). Nitrogen and carbon fractionation during core–mantle differentiation at shallow depth. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 458, 141-151,
  • von der Handt, A., & Dalou, C. (2016): Quantitative EPMA of nitrogen in silicate glasses. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 22(S3), 1810-1811.
  • Zhang, H. L., Solheid, P. A., Lange, R. A., von der Handt, A., & Hirschmann, M. M. (2015). Accurate determination of Fe3+/ΣFe of andesitic glass by Mössbauer spectroscopy. American Mineralogist, 100(8-9), 1967-1977.
  • Korchinski, M. S., Vry, J., Little, T. A., Millet, M. A., Bicknell, R., Smith, E., & von der Handt, A. (2014). Timing of UHP exhumation and rock fabric development in gneiss domes containing the world's youngest eclogite Facies rocks, southeastern Papua New Guinea. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 32(9), 1019-1039.
  • Wang, L., Marks, M.A.W., Wenzel, T., von der Handt, A., Keller, J., Teiber, H., Markl, G. (2014): Textural and chemical signatures of apatites from the Kaiserstuhl Volcanic Complex, Germany: new constraints on the petrogenetic relationship between carbonatite and associated silicate rocks. European Journal of Mineralogy, 26, 397-414.
  • Laukert, G., von der Handt, A., Hellebrand, E., Snow, J. E., Hoppe, P. & Klügel, A. (2014): High-pressure reactive melt stagnation recorded in abyssal pyroxenites from the ultraslow-spreading Lena Trough, Arctic Ocean. Journal of Petrology, 55, 427-458.
  • Snow, J., Hellebrand, E., von der Handt, A., Nauret, F., Gao, Y. and Schenke, H.-W. (2011): Oblique Nonvolcanic Sea Floor Spreading in Lena Trough, Arctic Ocean. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., doi:10.1029/2011GC003768.
  • Stracke, A., J.E. Snow, E. Hellebrand, A. von der Handt, B. Bourdon, B. Birbaum, and D. Günther (2011): Abyssal peridotite Hf isotopes identify extreme mantle depletion. Earth & Planetary Science Letters, 308 (3-4), 359-368.
  • Voigt M, von der Handt, A. (2011): Influence of subsolidus processes on the chromium number in spinel in ultramafic rocks. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 162 (4), 675-689. doi:10.1007/s00410-011-0618-3.
  • Blackman, D. K., and IODP Leg 304/305 shipboard scientific party (incl. A. von der Handt) (2011): Drilling Constraints on Lithospheric Accretion and Evolution at Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge 30°N. J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2010JB007931.
  • Liu, C., J.E. Snow, E. Hellebrand, G. Brügmann, A. von der Handt, A. Büchl, A. Hofmann (2008): Ancient highly heterogeneous mantle beneath Gakkel Ridge, Arctic Ocean. Nature, 452, 311 - 316.
  • Ildefonse, B., and IODP Leg 304/305 shipboard scientific party (incl. A. von der Handt) (2007): Oceanic core complexes and crustal accretion at slow-spreading ridges. Geology, 35, 623-626.
  • Gao, Y., J. Hoefs, E. Hellebrand, A. von der Handt, J.E. Snow (2007): Trace element zoning in pyroxenes from ODP Hole 735B gabbros: diffusive exchange or synkinematic crystal fractionation? Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 153, 429-442.
  • Shipboard Scientific Party IODP Expeditions 304 and 305 (incl. A.von der Handt) (2005): Oceanic Core Complex Formation, Atlantis Massif. Scientific Drilling Journal, 1, 28-31, doi: 10.2204/