Lunar and Planetary Institute

Dr. Qi Fu

Dr. Qi Fu

Postdoctoral Fellow

My research interests are in the area of aqueous geochemistry, with a focus on understanding geochemical processes during water-rock interaction at a wide range of temperature, pressure, and chemical constituent conditions. Recent work has been focused on mineral-catalyzed hydrothermal abiotic synthesis of organic compounds at elevated temperatures and pressures. By integrating experimental studies and theoretical modeling with an array of advanced analytical techniques, including mineral surface, isotope and chemical analyses, the goal is to obtain a better understanding of reaction pathways of hydrocarbon generation and associated hydrogen and carbon isotope systematics during organic synthesis processes in mafic/ultramafic-hosted hydrothermal systems. It will help establish a qualitative and quantitative model of abiotic organic formation under different hydrothermal conditions, and constrain the origin and evolution of organic compounds by hydrogen and carbon isotope characterization. This research is conducted in collaboration with Light Element Analysis Laboratory at NASA Johnson Space Center, and supported by NASA Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology program.

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October 8, 2010