Peng Ni

Assistant Professor at University of California, Los Angeles

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth, Planets, and Space Sciences in University of California, Los Angeles. I’m an experimental petrologist who seeks to understand the geochemical processes during the formation, differentiation and evolution of Earth and other planets. I utilize a variety of analytical and experimental tools, as well as natural sample studies to solve intriguing questions in these fields.

I got my PhD in 2017 from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a John Dorr Academic Achievement Award. My PhD thesis focused on 1) experimental study of Cu diffusion in silicate melts to understand Cu-bearing ore deposit formation and volatile isotope fractionation in tektites; and 2) volatile abundances in the lunar mantle using lunar olivine-hosted melt inclusions.

After my PhD, I went to the Geophysical Laboratory (now part of the Earth & Planets Laboratory) of Carnegie Institution for Science as a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow. During my postdoc, I’ve incorporated non-traditional isotope geochemistry into my research. My current research program aims at understanding the formation and evolution of Earth and other planets by experimentally studying isotope fractionation of Cu and Fe during related processes. Please check out the “Research” tab of my website if you want to learn more about the type of research projects I work on.


If you have any questions regarding my research or this website, please fell free to contact me.

595 Charles Young Drive East, Box 951567, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567

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