Vincent’s research interests are diverse, but he focuses on using the compositions and properties of minerals to constrain the processes that shape our planet. This requires a detailed understanding of how (trace) elements are accommodated in mineral lattices and how this depends on pressure, temperature, and composition. His research group studies the systematics of mineral compositions in experiments over a broad range of P–T conditions, in thermodynamic and crystal-structure modeling, and in natural samples. Applications include understanding the cycling of elements in subduction zones, the changes in oceanwater composition through time, and the compositions of ore-forming solutions. Vincent is an associate editor of the European Journal of Mineralogy and executive committee member of the Geotop research centre (Canada). He was a MAC councillor and is currently a member of the workshop committee of the Mineralogical Society of America.
For using the chemistry of minerals to elucidate the conditions under which the minerals develop and, by extension, to better understand the broader geological processes behind mineral and rock formation. Vincent is also recognized for combining mineralogy and geochemistry, using quantitative modelling based on laboratory experiments and measurements in the field, investigating how fluid chemistry is recorded in minerals, and using novel approaches such as lattice-strain theory and the controls it exerts on mineral and fluid compositions.
Vincent van Hinsberg is an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University (Canada).
He received his MSc in geochemistry from Utrecht University (Netherlands), and his PhD from the University of Bristol (UK) working with John Schumacher on the potential of tourmaline as a petrogenetic indicator mineral. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Botswana and a researcher in the Ceramics Research Centre of Tata Steel (Netherlands). Prior to his faculty appointment, he was a postdoctoral scholar at McGill University and a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford (UK) where he studied the systematics of trace element partitioning between minerals and fluids. He currently leads a research group in experimental petrology and water–rock interaction.