Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow
First-principles calculations, Mineral physics, Heterogeneities within Earth's interior and Beyond, Isotope geochemistry, Planetary differentiation
B.S., Geophysics, University of Science and Technology of China (2015); PhD., Geophysics, University of Science and Technology of China (2019)
Wenzhong's research focus is the study of physical and chemical properties of Earth's materials and beyond using first-principles calculations. His interests include elastic and thermodynamic properties of minerals within Earth and beyond, equilibrium isotope fractionation, and partition coefficient, etc. He applies these important parameters to investigate the interdisciplinary issues, including heterogeneities in the deep mantle, planetary evaporation, and core formation.
In the next two years, Wenzhong will be working with Mike Walter and pursuing the study of planetesimal evaporation and core formation from the perspective of multiple isotopes by using first-principles calculations. Before joining the Earth and Planets Laboratory, Wenzhong completed her PhD at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2019 and worked as a research fellow in the Department of Earth science at University College London.