Using extinct radioactivity and general isotopic anomalies in the early solar system recorded in primitive meteorites as a tool to study the time scales and site of nucleosynthesis, the time of formation of the solar system and planetary differentiation. Isotope and trace element geochemistry with applications to crust-mantle evolution. Heavy metal stable isotope fractionation in low temperature environments on planetary surfaces or in biological systems using newly emerging high precision mass spectrometry techniques. The development of associated experimental techniques involving high precision mass spectrometry and ultra-clean sample processing in Class-100 clean laboratories for isotope analyses.
Yin publications: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=gNXr8W8AAAAJ
Liu, Y, QL Li, GQ Tang, XH Li and QZ Yin (2015) Towards higher precision SIMS U-Pb zircon geochronology via dynamic multi-collector analysis. JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY. 30:979-985. DOI: 10.1039/c4ja00459k
Tang, GQ, XH Li, QL Li, Y Liu, XX Ling and QZ Yin (2015) Deciphering physical mechanism of topography effect for oxygen isotope measurements using Cameca IMS-1280 SIMS. JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY. 30:950-956. DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00458B
Chang, YC, ZH Luo, Y Pan, Z Zhang, YN Song, YJ Kuang, QZ Yin, KC Lau and CY Ng (2015) Rotationally resolved state-to-state photoionization and photoelectron study of vanadium carbide and its cation (VC/VC+). PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL PHYSICS. 17:9780-9793. DOI: 10.1039/c5cp00371g