Above: a Gujba CBa chondrite, formed by collision between two planetesimals ~5 million years after the Solar System was born.



May 2017

1) Nicolas Dauphas has been named as a finalist for the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Congratulations Nicolas!

2) Be careful about drinking the coffee at group meetings! You'd never guess, there was a fish in the Origins Lab percolator...

3) Andy Heard (Origins Lab), Drew Carhart (The Field Museum), and Jennika Greer (University of Chicago and the Field Museum) show off the selection of terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples used at the French Science Fest to educate about the origin and history of our planet.

Feburary 2017

1) New collaborative research published in Nature Communications reveals that the Earth's unique iron composition isn't linked to the formation of the planet's core, calling into question a prevailing theory about the events that shaped our planet during its earliest years.

December 2016

1) Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes Workshop at Berkeley coorganized by Nicolas Dauphas, Fang-Zhen Teng and James M. Watkins

September 2016

1) Graduate students Andrew Heard, Augustin (Mingen) Pan, Matous Ptacek join the Origins Lab. Welcome!

June 2016

1) Francois Tissot received the 2015 Nininger Meteorite Award, given by the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies. Congratulations Francois!

May 2016

1) Nicolas Dauphas received the award for the best scientific paper about applications of isotopes, published in 2014, given by French Society of Isotopes. La Société Française des isotopes décerné le PRIX DU MEILLEUR ARTICLE SCIENTIFIQUE publié en 2014 à Nicolas Dauphas. Congratulations Nicolas!

April 2016

1) Marc-Alban Millet is now Lecturer in isotope geochemistry at Cardiff University, UK. Congratulations Marc-Alban!

March 2016

1) In a paper published this month in Science Advances, Tissot et al. show that 247Cm was present in meteorites at a level consistent with a single stellar environment of r-process nucleosynthesis. The news was featured in UChicago News and AAAS. Congratulations!

December 2015

1) Nicolas Dauphas will become the Louis Block Professor of the Geophysical Sciences on Jan 1 2016. Congratulations!

2) Dr. Francois Tissot (who defended his thesis in Octorber) graduated and found a postdoctoral position at MIT. Congratulations!

November 2015

1) Vincent Busigny (postdoc 2005-2006) successfully defended his "Habilitation a Diriger des Recherches" at IPGP (a requirement in France to be promoted to Professor). Congratulations Vincent; way to go!

August 2015

1) Nicolas Dauphas's paper on the chemistry of the Earth and the silicon content of its core was featured as Editors' Choice in Science

2) Graduate student Cindy (Xi) Chen joins the Origins Lab.

June 2015

1) Nicolas Dauphas is awarded the "Prix SFIS du meilleur article 2014" from the French Isotope Society for his paper:" Magma redox and structural controls on iron isotope variations in Earth's mantle and crust". Congratulations! 

2) Follow the Origins Lab on Tsu for updates on our latest publications!

May 2015

1) Nicole Nie has been awarded a NASA fellowship to study the origin of the Moon. Congratulations!

2) Nicolas Dauphas gave the Spitzer lectures at Princeton.

January 2015

1) François Tissot has been awarded a LPI Career Development Award. Congratulations!

2) Postdoctoral researcher Nicolas Greber joins the Origins Lab.

September 2014

1) The first Origns Lab Workshop took place from september 11th to 15th, in Algoma (WI). Thank you to all who participated in the event! (Below, Kayal field trip to the Door County Caves, with current and former lab members)

2) Graduate student Justin (Jingya) Hu joins the Origins Lab.

July 2014

2) OrLab Chromatography LLC filed the final U.S. Patent Application for the PF-HPLC.

1) Corliss (Kin I) Sio successfully defended her thesis, titlted "Cooling and crystallization histories of magmatic bodies from in-situ Mg-Fe isotopic analyses in zoned olivines". Congratulations! (From left to right: Corliss Sio, F. Richter, M. Roskosz and N. Dauphas)

January 2014

Liping Qin - former graduate student at the Origins Lab, now professor of geochemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China - is the recipient of the Houtermans Medal, European Association for Geochemistry. Congratulations!

See also: Chinese Academy of Science, and Nature: Careers.

November 2013

Fang-Zhen Teng - former postdoc. at the Origins Lab, now associate professor at the University of Washington, Seattle - is the recipient of the Mineralogical Society of America Award. Congratulations!

September 2013

1) A Nature article on the sulfur isotopic composition of Earth's mantle is featured in a News & Views by Nicolas Dauphas.

2) Graduate student Nicole (Xike) Nie joins the Origins Lab.

July 2013

1) OrLab Chromatography (a company created by N. Dauphas, F.L.H. Tissot, T.J. Ireland and R. Yokochi) filed a U.S. Provisional Patent Application for the PF-HPLC.

2) Haolan Tang successfully defended her thesis, titled "60Fe-60Ni systematics in the solar protoplanetary disk", and is now Doctor Haolan Tang. Congratulations!

May 2013

1) Corliss Sio has been awarded a NASA fellowship to finish her PhD and study the thermal history of martian meteorites. Congratulations!

2) Hiroshi Kobayashi and Nicolas Dauphas's paper about how small planetesimals formed Mars is featured in an article at Space.com.

3) Paul Craddock's paper about Fe isotopic composition of the mantle and its bearing on models of mantle melting, core segregation, and Moon formation, is featured in News and Views of Nature.

March 2013

Christoph Burkhardt has been awarded the Pellas-Ryder award (best student planetary science paper) jointly sponsored by the Meteoritical Society and the GSA. Congratulations!

February 2013

Postdoctoral researcher Christoph Burkhardt joins the Origins Lab. Welcome!

January 2013

Corliss K.I. Sio received an Outsanding Student Paper Award for her presentation at the 2012 AGU Meeting. Congratulations!

December 2012

Exploding star missing from formation of Solar System.

UChicago News

Science Editors' choice.

October 2012

The Origins Lab is now on Flickr

September 2012

Dr. Junjun Zhang (who defended her thesis in July) graduated and found a postdoctoral position at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Department of Civil & Structural engineering, Environmental Engineering Unit). Congratulations! (From left to right: Junjun Zhang and N. Dauphas)

July 2012

Nicolas Dauphas has been promoted to professor. Long overdue. Congratulations!

May 2012

Postdoctoral researcher Marc-Alban Millet joins the Origins Lab. Welcome!

March 2012

Titanium parternity test fingers Earth as moon's sole parent. See http://geosci.uchicago.edu/

The news was featured in:

University of Chicago News

Chicago Tribune



and the New York Times.

October 2011

Thomas Ireland, Research Associate at the Origins Laboratory, has accepted a position of Lab Manager at Boston University, Department of Earth Sciences. Congratulations!

September 2011

Nicolas Dauphas is the recipient of the Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union. Video on Youtube

June 2011

Paul Craddock, Research Associate at the Origins Laboratory, has accepted a position at the Schlumberger-Doll Research in Cambridge MA. Congratulations!

May 2011

A paper describing the fast growth of Mars and the implication for its status as a planetary embryo is published in Nature.

August 2010

A paper describing the discovery of presolar nanoparticles from supernovae in meteorites is in press in the Astrophysical Journal.

July 2010

The Origins Lab has a new logo and is on facebook.

September 2009

A paper describing how iron isotopes could be used to trace the redox conditions of mantle melting has been accepted in Earth and Planetary Science Letters (Iron isotopes may reveal the redox conditions of mantle melting from Archean to Present, see Articles section). Postdoctocal researcher Tom Ireland and graduate student Francois Tissot join the Origins Lab.

November 2008

Ali Pourmand, Research Associate at the Origins Laboratory, has accepted a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Congratulations!

May 2008

The first article generated by the Neptune MC-ICPMS has been accepted at Astrophysical Journal (Iron-60 evidence for early injection and efficient mixing of stellar debris in the protosolar nebula, see Articles section).

February 2008

Nicolas Dauphas is the recipient of the Houtermans Medal, European Association for Geochemistry.

January 2008

After completion of his postdoc at the OL, Fang-Zhen Teng moved to an assistant professor position at the University of Arkansas, Department of Geosciences. Congratulations!

October 2007

Nicolas Dauphas is the recipient of a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

February 2007

Installation of the Neptune MC-ICPMS has been completed.

January 2007

Nicolas Dauphas and Vincent Busigny have published 2 papers presenting new applications of Fe isotope systematics (see Articles section). In one of these papers, the authors showed that paleofluid circulations can be traced using variations in the isotopic composition of iron. In the other, iron isotopes were used to identify the protoliths of heavily metamorphosed chemical sediments (BIFs) in a recently discovered >3.75 Ga supracrustal belt located in Northern Quebec.

December 2006

A Neptune MC-ICPMS has been delivered at the Origins Laboratory. We hope to have it fully operational by the end of January.

May 2006

A review paper on Fe isotope systematics has been published. It contains a compilation of Fe isotope measurements in geostandards and theoretical developments on multiphase isotope distillation and the theory of isotopic fractionation during phase growth in a diffusion-limited regime. [Mass Spectrometry Reviews 25, 515-550].

April-May 2006

After completion of his postdoc at the OL, Vincent Busigny went back to France. On April 10, he became the father of Lucas. On May 9, he obtained an assistant professor position at the prestigious Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris. Congratulations!

March 2006

37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Liping Qin reported new measurements of W isotopes in iron meteorites. Vincent Busigny showed how iron isotopes in hematite concretions can be used to infer the direction and scale of paleofluid flows. Nicolas Dauphas reported Fe isotope measurements in recently discovered >3.76 Ga BIFs from Northern Quebec.

September 2005

68th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society. Liping Qin reported new measurements of W isotopes in iron meteorites to estimate the timing of metal silicate differentiation in asteroids. Vincent Busigny showed how iron isotopes can be used to decipher the formation history of hematite spherical concretions from Utah, which are some of the best terrestrial analogues of martian blueberries. Nicolas Dauphas presented a new method to determine the age of the Milky Way and the U/Th production ratio in stars.

July 2005

Vincent Busigny and Nicolas Dauphas went on a field trip in Utah to collect moqui marbles, which are spherical hematite concretions that share similarities with martian blueberries.

June 2005

Nicolas Dauphas presented a new method to determine the age of the Milky Way (14.5 Gyr) and the U/Th production ratio in stars (0.571) based on measurements of meteorites and low metallicity stars from the halo of the Galaxy [Nature 435, 1203-1205].

December 2004

Nicolas Dauphas and colleagues from Nancy (France) and Chicago (USA) reported Fe isotope measurements of controversial metamorphic rocks from southern West Greenland (Isua, Akilia, and Innersuartuut) dated at around 3.8-3.9 Gyr BP. These results show that the rocks are sedimentary in origin. The isotopic variations are compatible with the transport, oxidation, and subsequent precipitation of ferrous iron emanating from hydrothermal vents [Science 306, 2077-2080].