The department, in association with the Natural History Museum, conducts a wide range of research in geochemistry and environmental change. Geochemical research in the department benefits from assess to world-class analytical facilities. If you are interested in one of the projects listed below please feel free to contact the associated staff.


Chemical Transport and Adsorption in Hierarchical Porous Solids [Info Sheet - Chemical Transport InFUSE]

Supervisors: Dr Ronny Pini; Prof. Camille Petit, Department of Chemical Engineering; Prof. Martin Blunt, Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Mineralisation Processes for CO2 Storage [Info Sheet - CO2 Mineralisation InFUSE]

Supervisors: Dr Sam Krevor; Professor Martin Trusler, Department of Chemical Engineering; Professor Mary Ryan, Department of Materials; Steffen Berg, Shell; Sharif Ahmed, Diamond Light Source

Biochar to Mitigate Climate Change [Info Sheet - Biochar to Mitigate Climate Change

Supervisors: Professor Mark A. Sephton and Professor Jason Hallett (Department of Chemical Engineering)

Capture Carbon Dioxide on Shales [Info Sheet - Carbon Dioxide and Shales]

Supervisors: Professors Mark A. Sephton, Craig Smalley, Al Fraser

Forensic Detection of Microplastics [Info Sheet - Microplastics]

Supervisors: Professor Mark A. Sephton, Simon Davis, David Bell (Protium)

Recognising Life in Samples Returned from Mars [Info Sheet - Mars Sample Return Life Detector]

Supervisors: Professor Mark A. Sephton, Simon Davis, David Bell (Protium)

The volatile fingerprints of life – a new method to indicate the biological or non-biological sources of gas [Info Sheet - Biotic-Abiotic Gas]

Supervisors: Professors Mark A. Sephton, & Craig P. Smalley

Extracting Records of Life on Mars [Info Sheet - Life on Mars]

Supervisors: Professor Mark A. Sephton, & Dr Jonathan Watson

Organic Preservation in Jezero Crater – Site of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover [Info Sheet - Jezero Crater]

Supervisors: Professor Mark A. Sephton, & Dr Jonathan Watson

Glacial history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet: An isotopic geochemical and palaeomagnetic inventory of West Antarctic rock material [Info Sheet - Antarctic Palaeoclimate‌]

Supervisors: Martin SiegertTina van de FlierdtAdrian Muxworthy (Imperial College), Dominic Hodgson, Teal Riley (BAS)

EPSRC CASE studentship:

Dynamic semi-structured meshes for fast numerical simulation of Multi-Phase Modelling in Oil and Gas
Info Sheet - Dynamic semi-structured meshes

For further information and to apply, please contact supervisors Professor Christopher Pain or Dr Pablo Salinas

Extending the carbonate clumped isotopes paleothermometer to new mineral systems: a computer modelling approach [Info Sheet - Clumped Isotope Modelling]

Supervisor: Dr Cedric M. John

Environmental reconstruction using clumped isotopes: testing the effects and signs of recrystallization in carbonates [Info Sheet - Clumped Recrystallization]

Supervisor: Dr Cedric M. John

iCASE studentship: Pore-to-core linkages and upscaling for CO2 Storage in carbonates [Info Sheet - Digital Rock CO2 Storage‌]

Supervisor: Sam Krevor

Global CO2 storage capacity: Modeling limitations of geography and injectivity [

Supervisor: Sam Krevor

Understanding Modern Biogeochemical Cycles in the context of the international GEOTRACES project – Lead, cadmium, neodymium [Info Sheet - Modern Biogeochemical Cycles, GEOTRACES Project]

Supervisors: Tina van de Flierdt, Yves Plancherel, Mark Rehkämper

The project is suitable for a student with a background in chemistry, geology or an equivalent qualification. Further information can be obtained directly from Tina van de FlierdtYves Plancherel, or Mark Rehkämper.

Using Cosmogenic Surface Exposure Dating to Reconstruct Late-Holocene Glacier and Climate Stability to Determine Precedence for Recent Declines in Snowpack and Water Resources in the American Pacific Northwest [Info Sheet - Cosmogenic Surface Exposure

Supervisor: Dylan Rood

Residence and mobility of metals in the alteration zones of porphyry ore systems [Info sheet]

Supervisor: Jamie Wilkinson

Development of UV-fluorescence Spectroscopy as a Tool for Mineral Exploration [Info Sheet - UVFluorescence.pdf]

Supervisor: Jamie Wilkinson

Exploring terrestrial geological evidence for past glaciation and volcanism in the Thwaites Glacier catchment, Antarctica [Info sheet]

Joanne Johnson (British Antarctic Survey), Dylan Rood (Imperial College London), Brent Goehring (Tulane University), and Stephen Roberts (British Antarctic Survey)

Mixing and volatile depletion of the early solar system [Info sheet‌]

Novel applications of trace metal stable isotopes in medical research [Info Sheet]

Mark Rehkämper  

Environmental effects and fate of engineered nanomaterials [Info sheet]

Mark Rehkämper, Claus Svendsen – NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)

Cadmium enrichment in cocoa beans – a stable isotope investigation of Cd sources and mitigation strategies [Info Sheet]

Mark Rehkämper and Laurence Maurice (Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar, Quito, Ecuador; IRD & GET, Université de Toulouse)

Environmental effects and fate of engineered nanomaterials [Info Sheet]

Mark Rehkämper, Claus Svendsen – NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)

Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water [Info sheet‌]

Dominik Weiss

Geochemistry of Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes [Info sheet‌]

Dominik Weiss

Micronutrient cycling in submerged soils and uptake into rice [Info sheet‌]

Dominik Weiss

Nuclear Waste – How to deal with it safely [Info sheet‌]

Dominik Weiss

Human and Natural Control on Global Atmospheric Trace Element Cycles [Info sheet‌]

Dominik Weiss

 Modeling the global Pb cycle: from industrial emissions to the bottom of the ocean [Info Sheet‌]

 Yves Plancherel 

Measuring and modelling the interfacial properties of crude oil [Info Sheet - Measuring and modelling interfacial properties‌]

Supervisor: Professor Matthew Jackson

Validating Earthquake Hazard Models For Critical Engineered Structures Using Geologic Data And Cosmogenic Isotopes [Info sheet]

Dylan RoodJP Latham and Peter Stafford

‌‌Histories of mantle convection: Constraints from Arabia's landscape [Info sheet‌]

Gareth Roberts, Alex Whittaker , Dylan Rood

Will climate change make coastal erosion rates faster?: Comparing historic and Holocene cliff retreat rates using cosmogenic isotopes with numerical models [Info sheet]

Dylan Rood

Human and Natural Control on Global Atmospheric Trace Element Cycles [Info sheet]

Dominik Weiss  

Geochemistry of Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes [Info sheet]

Dominik Weiss  

The Aqueous Chemistry of Actinides and Metalloids [Info sheet]

Dominik Weiss  

Micronutrient cycling in submerged soils and uptake into rice [‌]

Dominik Weiss