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
Wimpenny, J, CA Colla, QZ Yin, JR Rustad and WH Casey (2014) Investigating the behaviour of Mg isotopes during the formation of clay minerals. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA. 126:178-194. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2013.12.012
Yin, QZ, CDK Herd, Q Zhou, XH Li, FY Wu, QL Li, Y Liu, GQ Tang and TJ McCoy (2014) Reply to Comment on “Geochronology of the martian meteorite Zagami revealed by U-Pb ion probe dating of accessory minerals”. EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS. 385:218-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.09.016
Popova, OP, P Jenniskens, V Emel’yanenko, A Kartashova, E Biryukov, S Khaibrakhmanov, V Shuvalov, Y Rybnov, A Dudorov, VI Grokhovsky, DD Badyukov, QZ Yin, PS Gural, J Albers, M Granvik, LG Evers, J Kuiper, V Kharlamov, A Solovyov, YS Rusakov, S Korotkiy, I Serdyuk, AV Korochantsev, MY Larionov, D Glazachev, AE Mayer, G Gisler, SV Gladkovsky, J Wimpenny, ME Sanborn, A Yamakawa, KL Verosub, DJ Rowland, SM Roeske, NW Botto, JM Friedrich, M Zolensky, L Le, D Ross, K Ziegler, T Nakamura, I Ahn, JI Lee, Q Zhou, XH Li, QL Li, Y Liu, GQ Tang, T Hiroi, D Sears, IA Weinstein, AS Vokhmintsev, AV Ishchenko, P Schmitt-Kopplin, N Hertkorn, K Nagao, MK Haba, M Komatsu and T Mikouchi (The Chelyabinsk Airburst Consortium) (2013) Chelyabinsk Airburst, Damage Assessment, Meteorite Recovery, and Characterization. SCIENCE. 342(6162):1069-1073. DOI: 10.1126/science.1242642