- Geochemical and cosmochemical behavior of the elements.
- In-situ analyses of elements at ppb (nanograms/gram) concentration levels.
- Partitioning of Highly Siderophile Elements (HSE, including Platinum Group elements (PGE), Re and Au) in natural (geological and meteoritic samples) and synthetic systems.
- Li isotopic studies of: surface processes, continental crust formation and evolution, crust-mantle recycling processes, and meteorites.
- High resolution analyses of HSE abundances in meteorites and terrestrial rocks using high-pressure, carius tube decomposition and isotope dilution.
- Composition, formation and evolution of the continental crust and lithospheric mantle.
- Studies documenting the early chemical and isotopic evolution of the Earth’s mantle.
- Chemical and isotopic studies that document the evolution of Iron meteorites.
- Element partitioning in silicate, oxide, carbonate, sulfide and metal systems: pushing the detection limits of laser ablation methods.
- Understanding the early differentiation and evolution of the mantle via solution and laser ablation analyses of komatiites and the uncommon findings preserved fresh olivine crystals.
- Studies of the abundances and partitioning of chalcophile elements in magmatic systems.
- Archeological studies of fossil and material remains to understand provenance and mobility of ancient peoples.
- Chemical analyses, including documenting spatial resolution via laser ablation, of heavy elements in tissues.
- Forensic chemical and isotopic fingerprinting of materials for attribution, provenance and environmental remediation.
- Documenting the fissionogenic isotopic abundances of spent nuclear fuel rods for understanding burning processes in reactors.
The Plasma Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
Elemental and Isotopic Analysis of Solids and Liquids at the University of Maryland