School Colloquia Series: Exploring the materials of the solar system with Australia’s central facilities
Tuesday 21st May 2019
G59 Old Main Building
Speaker: Dr Helen Maynard-Casely, ANSTO
Our solar system contains a great array of dwarf planets that show remarkable variability upon their surfaces. Informed by spectral observations, we can re-create their surface chemistries and conditions in the lab. From hydrates that are spattered on Europa to the plastic solids of methane and nitrogen on Pluto - despite the ‘simplicity’ of the chemistry involved we have discovered a large array of new minerals with potentially planet-shaping properties.