dr. A.H. Dijkstra (Arjan)

Assistant Professor in Earth Materials

About Me

I am a geologist interested in the sustainability and security of the supply of critical raw materials, i.e., the rocks and minerals from which we get the chemical elements needed for the energy transition. My research focus is on rare earth elements (REE, e.g. neodymium), cobalt, lithium and indium. I study their distribution in the Earth, and the processes that form economic mineral deposits from which they can be extracted.

I have a background in igneous petrology, geochemistry, tectonics and structural geology, and have held academic positions in Plymouth (United Kingdom), Neuch√Ętel (Switzerland), Perth (Australia) and Leicester (UK). I have a doctorate from Utrecht University (The Netherlands).

I also have a keen interest in public engagement. A recent example of an outreach video  that I was involved with about the elemental composition of a smartphone is here (youtube)


Physics & Astronomy
Earth Mantle
Osmium Isotopes
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Osmium Isotope


Deon, F., Appelt, O., Wilke, F. , Lievens, C. , Dijkstra, A. H. , van der Werff, H. M. A., & Purwadi, I. (2021). Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in mine waste: a way to solve the rising worldwide REEs demand?. Abstract from 17th International Symposium on Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, EMPG 2021, Potsdam, Germany.

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

In the press

  • Extensive reporting and interviews in British national newspapers (e.g., Guardian, Times, The Independent, Daily Mail) about the 'french' roots of southwest England established in my study published in Nature Communications; also radio interviews (e.g., Radio Scotland) (2018)
  • TV item about 'smartphone in blender experiment' on BBC Spotlight; videos also on websites of BBC Science, Bloomberg TicToc and Fox News and many other media outlets in UK, France, Germany, US, India, China, etc. (2019).
  • TV item about deep sea mining for polymetallic nodules on BBC Spotlight (2016).
  • Occurred in TV item about restart of mining in Devon and Cornwall on BBC Spotlight (2019).

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1424
Hallenweg 8
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds  1424
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands