Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Aine O’Brien

Research interests:

Organic Chemistry, Astrobiology, Geochemistry, Petrology, Meteoritics and Planetary Science

Career history:

BSc – Physics with Astrophysics, First Class Honours, University of Leicester (Graduated 2014).
PGCE Science (Physics) University of Buckingham (2016). Taught High School Physics 2016-2017.
Current Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow, teaching undergraduate Earth Science and Geography.

Active research projects:

Macromolecular carbon in martian meteorites. Using in-situ analyses such as microscopy, spectroscopy and synchotron techniques to detect and characterise complex organics in martian meteorites. In addition, perform hydrogen pyrolysis and GC-MS to carry out bulk analyses and gain a further insight into structure and thus possible origin of martian organic material.

Recent publications:

O’Brien, A.C., Hallis, L., Steele, A., Daly, L. and Lee, M.R. (2018) Complex organics and elemental sulfur in Northwest Africa 8159: Martian or extra-Martian? 81st Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, Moscow, Russia, 22-27 Jul 2018. (Unpublished)

O’Brien, A.C., Hallis, L.J., Steele, A. and Lee, M.R. (2018) Reduced Macromolecular Carbon and Elemental Sulfur in Northwest Africa 8159: Implications for Oxygen Fugacity of the Martian Mantle. 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2018, The Woodlands, Texas, 19-23 March 2018.

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