Mohit Melwani DaswaniPostdoctoral Scholar

Research Focus:
Planetary science, water-rock interaction, martian volatiles and mineralogy


Ph.D. Planetary Science (2015), The Open University. Supervisors: Susanne P. Schwenzer, Monica M. Grady and Ian P. Wright.

Joint M.Sc. Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management (GEM) (2011), University of Southampton, Lund University, University of Warsaw and ITC/University of Twente. Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.

B.Sc. Geology (2009), Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Erasmus scholarship at the University of Bern (2007-2008).

Research interests

I am using a combination of numerical thermochemical models, orbital spectroscopy, and analytical and experimental mineralogical studies to study:

  • Chloride formation and precipitation in late-stage weathering events on Mars.
  • Carbonate formation and stability, and atmosphere-hydrosphere feedbacks on Mars.
  • H2 envelope generation on exoplanets with Earth-like radii.

Selected publications and abstracts

Melwani Daswani, M., Kite, E. S. (2016). Constraints on H2O and H2 proportions in the volatile envelopes of young, H2-producing, small-radius exoplanets. 47th Lunar Planet. Sci., #2866.

Melwani Daswani, M., Kite, E. S. (2016). Late-stage weathering and chlorapatite dissolution as a possible source for chlorides on the martian surface. 47th Lunar Planet. Sci., #2681.

Melwani Daswani, M., Schwenzer, S. P., Reed, M. H., Wright, I. P., and Grady, M. M. (2016). Alteration minerals and fluids on early Mars: Predictions from 1D flow geochemical modelling of mineral assemblages in meteorite ALH 84001. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. doi: 10.1111/maps.12713.

Melwani Daswani, M., Morlok, A., Wolters, S. D., and Grady, M. M. Mid-infrared reflectance spectroscopy of calcium aluminium-rich inclusions: A tool to detect primitive asteroids? (In review.)

Gross, J., Filiberto, J., Herd, C. D. K., Melwani Daswani, M., Schwenzer, S. P., and Treiman, A. H. (2013). Petrography, mineral chemistry, and crystallization history of olivine-phyric shergottite NWA 6234: A new melt composition. Meteorit. Planet. Sci., 48(5): 854—871.

Selected awards

Lunar and Planetary Institute Career Development Award (2014)

Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2014)

Royal Astronomical Society Grant (2012)