Although the M-CLASS Laboratory has only been established since 2018, collaborations between the University of Maryland, NASA GSFC, the French CosmOrbitrap Consortium, Thermo Scientific, and other strategic partners have been in place for many years.
To advance our understanding of the Solar System through the development of cutting-edge analytical techniques, the maturation of pioneering new technologies, and the definition of innovative planetary mission concepts.
Ziqin "Grace" Ni
Ziqin “Grace” Ni is an incoming graduate student in the Department of Geology at UMD. She has experience in the application of in situ methods of chemical analysis, including ICPMS, EPMA, XRD, and XRF. Her Ph.D. Program, which revolves around the development and application of mass spectrometry techniques for the investigation of differentiated planetary bodies, will blend laboratory analyses collected on gold standard commercial instruments with measurements enabled by next generation mass analyzers (e.g., AROMA). She is particularly interested in understanding the chemical gradient of the Solar System, and identifying sources of organic matter (and sites of organic synthesis) on other worlds.
Team Members from the Department of Geology at the University of Maryland:
Team Members from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and its affiliated institutions:
Team Members from the French CosmOrbitrap Consortium, including key personnel from the LPC2E, LATMOS, LISA, IPAG, and CSNSM laboratories:
Other Core Team Members: