The geochemical signatures of extra-terrestrial rocks can be used to gain an insight into the nature of the early Solar System. Transition metal isotope ratios have been used to investigate the processes of planetary formation and differentiation, mantle behaviour, magma melting and crystallisation, and cosmic-ray exposure. I use the ultra-clean Metal-Free Laboratories in Earth Sciences to dissolve and purify lunar samples (which were collected by astronauts during the Apollo missions to the Moon). I then perform high precision analyses of isotopic compositions using multiple-collector inductively-coupled-plasma mass spectrometry (MC ICP-MS).
Supervisors: Alex Halliday, Jane Barling, Fiona Larner, Julie Prytulak (Imperial College London), Sara Russell (Natural History Museum).
I am funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).