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
Goodrich CA, NT Kita, QZ Yin, ME Sanborn, CD Williams, D Nakashima and M Lane (2017) Petrogenesis and Provenance of Ungrouped Achondrite Northwest Africa 7325 from Petrology, Trace Elements, Oxygen, Chromium and Titanium Isotopes, and Mid-IR Spectroscopy. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA. 203:381-403. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.12.021
Chien CT, TY Ho, M Sanborn, QZ Yin and A Paytan (2017) The Distribution of Lead Concentrations and Isotopic Compositions in the Western Philippine Sea. MARINE CHEMISTRY. 189:10-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.marchem.2016.12.007
Schrader DL, K Nagashima, AN Krot, RC Ogliore, QZ Yin, Y Amelin, CH Stirling and A Kaltenbach (2017) A homogeneous distribution of 26Al in the protoplanetary disk during chondrule formation. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA. 201:275–302. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.06.023