Soluble Organics in Astromaterials Laboratory (SOAL)

IMG_20150407_165817Our Soluble Organics in Astromaterials Laboratory (SOAL) characterizes the types of organic compounds and the overall chemical inventory that exists within meteorites that fall to the Earth’s surface.

Two types of important organic compounds found in these meteorites exhibit chirality (often called “handedness: left or right handed”); each compound exists in two separate but related structures.  We have recently developed an analytical technique to separate and quantify these chiral compounds in the SOAL laboratory and are beginning to work with meteorite samples.

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