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
Huang, SC, CT Lee and QZ Yin (2014) Missing Lead and High 3He/4He in Ancient Sulfides Associated with Continental Crust Formation. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 4:5314. DOI: 10.1038/srep05314
Wimpenny, J, QZ Yin, D Tollstrup, LW Xie and JM. Sun (2014) Using Mg isotope ratios to trace Cenozoic weathering changes; a case study from the Chinese loess plateau. CHEMICAL GEOLOGY. 376(31-43) DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.03.008
Yin, QZ, Q Zhou, QL Li, XH Li, Y Liu, GQ Tang, AN Krot and P Jenniskens (2014) Records of the Moon-Forming Impact and the 470 Ma Disruption of the L-Chondrite Parent Body in the Asteroid Belt from U-Pb Apatite Ages of Novato (L6). METEORITICS AND PLANETARY SCIENCE. 49(8):1426-1439. DOI: 10.1111/maps.12340