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dr. S.W.L. (Sanne) Palstra

14C researcher / Lab-coordinator
dr. S.W.L. (Sanne) Palstra

(version: 08-07-2021)

 Name: Sanne Waltje Lieze Palstra

Sanne Palstra followed the 4-year bachelor programme (BASc) “Chemistry” at the NHL University Of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, with specialization in analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry. In the period 1998-2005 she worked as chemical analyst on the analysis of pesticides in sea water at the National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management (RIKZ), a former research institute of Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment).

In the period 2005-2007 she followed the 2-year master programme (MSc) “Energy and Environmental Sciences” at the University of Groningen. While following the specialization track: “Experimental measurements of greenhouse gases and climate history” she started her first research at the Centre for Isotope Research (CIO). The subject of her training thesis was related to radon and CO2 measurements in soil fluxes at the CIO monitoring station ‘Lutjewad’. The research of her master thesis, which finally resulted in her first research paper, concerned 14C measurements in wine ethanol as tracer for fossil fuel derived CO2 emissions in Europe.

In 2008 she started working at the CIO as research assistant in a temporary project about the use of 14C measurements to determine the biogenic carbon fraction in flue gases. In the period between 2008 and 2017 she worked partly as chemical analyst and partly as researcher (PhD-employee) on different topics related to the measurement of 14C in different kind of materials. Her PhD research work focussed on the use of the 14C method to determine the biogenic carbon fraction in fuels and flue gases. Since 2017 she is working as 14C researcher and lab-coordinator at the 14C laboratory of CIO. She is involved in different bio-based carbon, archaeological, atmospheric, forensic and geological research projects and in standardization work (for bio-based methods). She advices customers of the 14C analysis service of the CIO about 14C measurements and about the interpretation of the results.

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