Imperial College London

DrWrenMontgomery

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Associate
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 5185w.montgomery

 
 
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Location

 

440/33Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

 Biography

  • 2010-present: Imperial College London, Postdoctoral Research Associate.  Sub-critical water extraction of oil sands.
  • 2007-2010: Department of Earth Science, University of Bristol, NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow.  Metamorphism of primitive organic molecules in the early Earth with implications for the origins of prebiotic molecules: In-situ spectroscopic investigations in the diamond anvil cell.
  • 2000-2007: Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley, PhD student in Geophysics.  Thesis:  Organic Materials in Proto-planetary Bodies.
  • 1996-2000:  California Institute of Technology, Bachelors of Science, Physics & Geophysics.

Research Interests

I am interested in high-pressure (i.e., greater than ambient) organic chemistry as it is relevant across a wide variety of planetary settings including the fate of the meteoritic organic payload in the early Earth and the susequent origins of life; the "digestion" of carbon-bearing material by geologic processes, and potential industrial uses in petroleum engineering. 

My technical skills include use of diamond anvil cells, large colume presses, in-situ FTIR and Raman spectroscopy,  XRD and basic wet chemistry and GC-MS techniques.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Montgomery W, Lerch P, Sephton MA, 2014, In-situ vibrational optical rotatory dispersion of molecular organic crystals at high pressures, Analytica Chimica Acta, Vol:842, ISSN:0003-2670, Pages:51-56

Montgomery W, Watson JS, Sephton MA, 2014, AN ORGANIC COSMO-BAROMETER: DISTINCT PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURE EFFECTS FOR METHYL SUBSTITUTED POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:784, ISSN:0004-637X

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