About the Center

The University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Field Museum have established the Chicago Center for Cosmochemistry, which is dedicated to promoting education and research in cosmochemistry. The Center aims to take advantage of the strength of the cosmochemistry community in Chicago and superb research facilities available at the three institutions involved, and will provide support for graduate students, postdoctoral research associates and visiting scientists.

Major projects underway include: (1) measurement of meteoritic stardust grains coupled with nucleosynthesis theory to probe stellar processes and the origin of the elements; (2) isotopic and chemical studies of meteorites and rocks to probe the early history of the solar system, planet formation and early earth history; (3) studies of the Sun, planets, asteroids and comets through current and future sample return missions and spaceflight instruments.

Research facilities include laser resonant ionization mass spectrometers for extremely high sensitivity isotopic and chemical analyses, a variety of x-ray microanalytical facilities on beam lines at the Advanced Photon Source, several types of mass spectrometers, ion and electron microprobes, electron microscopes, experimental petrology equipment, machine and electronics shops for building new laboratory and spaceflight instruments, and a wide array of computational facilities.

Please click here to learn more about the People involved with the center, our Facilities, and Conferences.

Contact Us

If you would like more information about the Center, please contact Dr. Andrew M. Davis, Director, at a-davis@uchicago.edu.

You may download more information about the C3 Postdoctoral Fellowship and other opportunities here (pdf 130k).

About this Site

We're currently developing a new web site for the Center. Please bookmark this page and check back in the fall to learn more about us.



Laminar flow bench for clean chemistry



Micromass Isoprobe MC-ICPMS for isotope analysis