I am a PhD student in the Imperial College Organic Geochemistry group.
My PhD is focused on the preservation of lipids in iron-rich environments on Mars. To accomplish this, I study a variety of terrestrial analogue sites that mimic the conditions of specific parts of the Martian surface environment, and attempt to determine how the minerals in these environments influence the preservation of organic matter.
In particular, I am interested in the organic matter-mineral interactions in these environments, and how they work together to complete the story of preservation in these environments on Mars.
Tan, J., Lewis, J.M.T., Sephton, M.A., 2018. The Fate of Lipid Biosignatures in a Mars-Analogue Sulfur Stream. Sci. Rep. 8, 7586. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-25752-7
Court, R. W., & Tan, J. (2016). Insights into secondary reactions occurring during atmospheric ablation of micrometeoroids. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 51(6), 1163–1183. https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.12652
et al., 2018, Survivability of 1-Chloronapthalene During Simulated Early Diagenesis: Implications for Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Detection on Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research-planets, Vol:123, ISSN:2169-9097, Pages:2790-2802