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Tufts experts named Fellows by American Association for the Advancement of Science
Date:12/2/2013

n chemistry. He has made distinguished contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry and planetary science, particularly for studies of Martian geochemistry and its potential for supporting life.

Kounaves' research is aimed at analyzing fundamental questions in planetary science using modern analytical techniques with a focus on extreme environments on Mars, Earth, and other planets for better understanding the global history of water, life, and climate. He was a co-investigator for the Phoenix Mars mission in 2008 and lead scientist for the wet chemistry experiment, which performed the first chemical analysis of Martian soil. This experiment revealed a variety of soluble minerals that have altered how scientists view Mars' chemistry and its potential to support life. It also led to investigations in the Antarctic Dry Valleys, home to the oldest ice on Earth, which provided the first discovery of a naturally occurring and manmade contaminant called perchlorate on Earth.


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