Dr Penny Wozniakiewicz

Senior Lecturer in Space Science,
Research Graduate Studies Lead
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Dr Penny Wozniakiewicz


Dr Penny Wozniakiewicz studied for an MSci in Planetary Sciences at University College London before moving to Imperial College London to complete her PhD. Between 2009 and 2013 she was a postdoctoral research associate, firstly at the Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, USA and then in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kent.  Penny went on to hold the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London and remains a Visiting Research Associate there. Since 2015 she has been a Lecturer in Space Science at the University of Kent. 

Research interests

Dr Wozniakiewicz's research interests include: 

  • studying hypervelocity impacts in the laboratory
  • studying surfaces returned from low Earth orbit
  • investigating early solar system formation and evolution through the study of samples from comets and asteroids
  • investigating new methods for collecting extraterrestrial dust on Earth. 

She uses a variety of analytical equipment, having gained expertise in scanning and transmission electron microscopy and focused ion beam sample preparation techniques.

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