Category Archives: Laboratory

A new LA-ICP-MS lab in Manchester

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Exciting times in Manchester! A few months ago we were awarded a grant by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council to equip ourselves with a new piece of kit. The system comprises an excimer laser (LA) hooked up to … Continue reading

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New group paper: Frozen in Time: Lead isotope fossils in ancient zircons

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This blog post has been written by Prof. Ian Lyon —————————————————————————————– Tiny crystals of zircon (ZrSiO4) are found in many rocks and have become the mineral for measuring the ages of rocks.  This is because zircons contain relatively high amounts … Continue reading

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Mass Spectrometer 1

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This post was written by Prof. Grenville Turner FRS who set up the Isotope Group when he moved from Sheffield to Manchester in 1986. Grenville was one of the original UK Apollo sample and Luna sample Pricipal Investigators, and has trained … Continue reading

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That tricky first paper

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New group paper: Halogen behaviour in subduction zones: eclogite facies rocks from the Western and Central Alps After exactly 53 weeks of writing, revising, collecting new data and riding the emotional rollercoaster that is peer-reviewed publication, my first paper as … Continue reading

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Meteorite smorgasbord

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We were fortunate to have meteorite expert Dr Tony Irving from the University of Washington visit our group at the start of September 2018. Tony is a terrestrial geologist by training, and over the last twenty years has undertaken the … Continue reading

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Research visit to China

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In 2016 we had a visiting student Xiaojia Zeng who was funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to come to Manchester for six months and study in our group. He is based in the Lunar and Planetary Science Center … Continue reading

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1st Year PhD Survival Training

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Each October the Isotope, Comochemistry and Geochemistry Group gains numerous new PhD students who conduct important research in fields ranging from studying particles which existed before our Solar System to understanding the process of tectonic subduction through noble gas analyses. … Continue reading

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Volcanic Glass: Frozen Mantle Geochemistry in Iceland

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Summer time in research groups usually means two things: conferences and field work.  For me this summer it was field work and I had my first postdoctoral research trip to Iceland. Along with myself was Margaret Hartley a lecturer in … Continue reading

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New Group Papers about the Behaviour of Fluids on the Parent Bodies of Ordinary Chondrite Meteorites

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This blog has been written by group member Dr Rhian Jones ————————————————————————— Ordinary chondrites are the most common type of meteorite that lands on the Earth. They are pieces of asteroids that were knocked free by collisions, and then wandered … Continue reading

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New Group Paper about the Origin of Chondrules

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This blog has been written by group member Dr Rhian Jones —————————————— Chondrules are small round stony beads that are the main component of chondrite meteorites. They date to within about 2 million years of the formation of the solar … Continue reading

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