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Mikhail Zolotov

Research Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography: 

Mikhail Zolotov is a planetary geochemist. He uses numerical physical-chemical methods to understand chemical processes and mineralogical changes in past and present solar system environments on terrestrial planets, asteroids and moons.

He works on the interpretation of results from automated space missions (e.g., Venera, Phobos, Mars Exploration Rovers, Galileo, Cassini, Messenger, Dawn) in terms of chemical processes and mineralogical transformations that involve rocks, minerals, gases and solutions. He is a member of the Europa Clipper science group.

Professor Zolotov has taught planetary geochemistry and oceanology.

Fax: 
(480) 965-8960
Education: 
  • Candidate of Sciences in Geology/Mineralogy, Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 1990
  • Diploma in Geology/Geochemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1982

 

Research Interests: 

Dr. Zolotov is a planetary geochemist. He uses theoretical physical-chemical methods to understand chemical processes and mineralogical transformations in past and present solar system environments. He works on theoretical geochemistry of volatile elements (H, O, C, N, S, Cl, and alkalis) and compounds (water, carbon dioxide, etc.) on solar system bodies:

  • Gas-water-mineral type chemical interactions on Venus, Mars, Ceres, icy satellites and parent bodies of chondrites (asteroids)
  • Formation and chemical evolution of oceans on icy satellites
  • Chemical weathering of rocks on Venus and Mars
  • Oxidation states of planetary surfaces and interiors, asteroids and moons
  • Geochemistry of planetary volcanic gases and hydrothermal systems
Research Activity: 
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 598Special Topics
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Professional Associations: 

Meteoritical Society American

Geophysical Union

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Amy McAdam (ASU, co-adviser) Christopher Glein (ASU, co-adviser)