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The research conducted within my group is focus on understanding the molecular- and nano-scale mechanisms of mineral reactions which occur in the natural environment. We aim to determine the role of minerals in a wide variety of modern and ancient environmental process. This includes investigating natural mineral nanoparticle (e.g. iron oxyhydroxides) formation and their interaction with contaminants (e.g. toxic metal and radionuclides), and the study of marine carbonate minerals to determine ancient seawater chemistry and isotopic composition.

A major component of this research is focused on the development and use of synchrotron radiation techniques applied to studying environmental processes. This includes the use of environmental cells to perform time-resolved in situ diffraction and Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) studies of crystallisation and precipitation reactions. Also, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) studies of metal and radionuclide binding to minerals and contaminated soils


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Hydrothermal formation and high temperature dehydration of calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H) phases: An in situ synchrotron study, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jun 2000

Bachelor of Science, Geochemistry, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 30 Jun 1995

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy
  • Dalton Nuclear Institute


  • mineralogy
  • synchrotron
  • geochemistry


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    Sam Shaw (Invited speaker)

    Apr 2014

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