Profiles in "Mineralogy" Expertise Area

  • Hervig uses the elemental and isotopic chemistry of earth and extraterrestrial materials to deduce their origin and evolution. The main analytical tool he uses is secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).
  • My PhD work explores the diverse chemical environments generated through water-rock interactions and their implications for the habitability of rock-hosted systems.
  • Melanie Barboni is an isotope geochemist/igneous petrologist whose research focuses on understanding magmatic systems, both on Earth and other planetary bodies.
  • Mara is a 4th year PhD Candidate whose research uses microscopy to study the effects that impacts in space have on the mineralogy of meteorites. She also studies the likely mineralogy of exoplanets using stellar compositions.
  • Xu's research involves structural characterization and thermodynamic measurements of natural minerals and synthetic materials, enabling determination of their structure-stability relationships at relevant temperature, pressure and chemical conditions.
  • Xu's research interests are centered on crystal structures and physicochemical properties of transition metal sulfide and evaporite hydrate minerals, especially how they may affect associated microbial metabolisms and growth.