Cosmochemistry

Cosmochemistry Faculty

Jessica Barnes

Jessica Barnes

Assistant Professor

William Boynton

Professor

Pierre Haenecour

Assistant Professor

Dante Lauretta

Professor, Principal Investigator, OSIRIS-REx

Vishnu Reddy

Associate Professor

Timothy Swindle

Director, Department Head

Tom Zega

Associate Professor

Other Researchers Working in Cosmochemistry

Nathanial Hendler

PTYS Graduate Student

Laura Seifert

PTYS Graduate Student

Lindsay Slick

PTYS Graduate Student

Planetary Materials are those pieces of condensed matter that were leftover from the time that our solar system formed over 4.5 billion years ago. Current emphasis is on determining the structure of materials at the atomic scale using transmission electron microscopy. In addition, we are pursuing instrumentation to analyze samples that will be brought back from asteroids and other Solar System bodies in the 2020s.

Planetary Materials Research Group

Planetary Materials are those pieces of condensed matter that were leftover from the time that our solar system formed over 4.5 billion years ago. Such materials include interplanetary dust particles, pre-solar grains, primitive meteorites and soils from the Moon and asteroids. The Planetary Materials Research Group studies the constituent minerals within such samples at scales ranging from micrometers down to the atomic. We use information on crystal structure and chemistry to understand the conditions under which such minerals formed.