If chemistry is the central science, then geochemistry is the central science as applied to understanding the natural world around us.
Geochemists seek to answer questions relating to the evolution of life on Earth and how metalloenzymes may have evolved, the chemistry of the oceans and how they are affected by global warming, the interplay between flora, fauna and the environment in chemical terms, how pollutants interact with soils and minerals, and how radioactive waste can be securely stored for millennia. We do this by connecting the very big — mountains — with the very small — atoms and molecules, and the very fast — fundamental reactions — with the often very slow — weathering
Tan Luong just published his first big paper for his Ph.D thesis! The project started during his Master’s, then snowballed into his Ph.D. Here’s the story (PAPER HERE) of what happens when you expose rhodochrosite (MnCO3) to moist air
We are searching for one of the biggest quests in humanity: “Are We Alone?”. To resolve this, we are addressing the following questions:
Is there water on Mars?
What is the role of water in martian geochemical history?
How can we reveal the potential water resources for future human explorations on Mars?
Our research focuses on the geochemical changes of the planet Mars and alien oceans using spectroscopic techniques. We use martian analogue rocks and soils collected from the extreme environments on Earth to reveal the geochemical and climate history of Mars. We combine the laboratory data with martian orbit data, especially from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM).
Are you interested in joining the Yeşilbaş group? We currently offer a fully-funded PhD position for 4 years. You can apply through this link till May 24, 2022. Postdoctoral researchers are very welcome to discuss potential research topics and projects. We also have bachelor and master student projects available during the academic year. For all your questions and inquires, please reach out to Dr. Yeşilbaş via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).