Welcome to Qi Fu
Fu Will Become an Assistant Professor in Organic Geochemistry
Qi Fu will become an assistant professor in organic geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in 2006 and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Nanjing University in China.
Fu’s research interests are in the areas of organic geochemistry, astrobiology and isotope geochemistry. His Ph.D. thesis focused on understanding abiogenic hydrocarbon formation and isotope characterization in subseafloor hydrothermal systems on mid-ocean ridges. As a postdoc, he worked on projects in astrobiology and planetary geology and then served as a research scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Center.
Currently, he is the principal investigator on the project “Experimental Investigations on Reaction Pathways and Isotope Signatures of Abiotic Organic Synthesis in Hydrothermal Systems” funded by the NASA Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Program.
Since last year, Fu has been working as a research assistant professor in the department with Dr. Adry Bissada on a number of projects in petroleum geochemistry. His research interests include generation kinetics of hydrocarbons and biomarkers and their isotope characterization in sedimentary basins. He will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in organic/petroleum geochemistry.