Femtosecond laser micropyrolysis gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer

  • Brocks, Jochen (PI)
  • George, Simon (PI)
  • Brock, G A (CoI)
  • Fuerbach, A (CoI)
  • Jacob, Dorrit (CoI)
  • Löhr, Stefan (CoI)
  • Paterson, John (CoI)
  • Sestak, Stephen (CoI)
  • Sherwood, Neil (CoI)
  • Van Kranendonk, M J (CoI)

Project: Research

Project Details


The project aims to build a femtosecond laser micropyrolysis gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer. This worldleading facility will have the capability to selectively analyse very small (1–20 micron) petrographically recognisable organic components, hence bridging the analytical gap between organic petrography and organic geochemistry. These analyses will inform us about the early evolution of life on Earth, the response of the biosphere to mass extinction events, the migration of fluids in petroleum reservoirs, the heterogeneity of organic matter in shale gas reservoirs, and the composition of macromolecules in biominerals and macerals. This is a ground-breaking capability that will revolutionise organic geochemistry and geobiology.
Effective start/end date3/04/1830/09/19


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$297,463.00


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