The department, together with the Natural History Museum, hosts the IARC planetary science group: One of the leading groups worldwide. If you are interested in one of the projects listed below please feel free to contact the associated staff. You can discover more about the IARC group from their website.

Projects


Electrostatic properties of Lunar and Terrestrial minerals 

It is essential for humankind to use Lunar resources to enable exploration further into space, and for habitation. One of the significant characteristics of Lunar material is its electrostatic properties. This may be exploited as a means to manipulate and separate Lunar minerals.

The project will investigate the differences in the electrostatic behaviour of minerals that are found on Earth and the Moon, with the goal of effecting a separation. It will involve fundamental physics, computational modelling, design and experimentation.

Suitable candidates are likely to have a background in physics or engineering.

For further information, please contact: Dr Kathryn Hadler (k.hadler@imperial.ac.uk) or Professor Jan Cilliers (j.j.cilliers@imperial.ac.uk)

Closing date for Applications: 14 August 2018, Starting date: October 2018 


MIXING AND VOLATILE DEPLETION IN THE EARLY SOLAR SYSTEM  [Info Sheet - Early Solar System]

Mark Rehkamper


MICROSPHERULES IN THE GEOLOGICAL RECORD [Info Sheet - Microspherules]

Matt Genge


 

Impact-generated seismic signals on Mars (Fully funded by UKSA) [Info sheet - Impact seismicity]

The aim of this PhD project is to use numerical impact simulations to advance understanding of impact-generated seismic waves.
Supervisors: Gareth Collins, Ian Bastow


Multiscale modeling of compaction of primitive solar system materials [Info Sheet - Multiscale]
Gareth Collins, Tom Davison and Phil Bland (Curtin)


Why do impact craters collapse? [Info Sheet - Collapse‌]

Gareth Collins


Impact Processing of Planetary Crust [‌Info Sheet - Impact Porosity‌]

Gareth Collins and Mark Wieczorek (IPGP)


Analysing the plumes of Europa: Could there be life on Jupiter’s moon? [details]

Mark A. Sephton


Life Detection Methods for future Mars Missions [details‌]

Mark A. Sephton


Extreme Biosignatures [details‌]

Mark A. Sephton


TOWARDS A ROBUST NON-HEATING METHOD OF PALAEOINTENSITY DETERMINATION FROM METEORITES [muxworthy-heslop-pint-2018]

Adrian Muxworthy and David Heslop (ANU, Canberra)


DETERMINING PALAEOINTENSITIES FROM CHEMICAL REMANENT MAGNETISATIONS IN ROCKS AND METEORITES [muxworthy-heslop-crm-2018]

Adrian Muxworthy and David Heslop (ANU, Canberra)


UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF THERMAL FLUCTUATIONS ON THE FIDELITY OF MAGNETIC RECORDING IN NATURAL SYSTEMS [muxworthy-williams-micromag-2018]

Adrian Muxworthy and Wyn Williams (University of Edinburgh)


CAN EARLY SOLAR NEBULAR MAGNETIC FIELDS BE RECORDED THROUGH IMPACTS? [Info Sheet - Meteoritic]

Adrian Muxworthy (Imperial)Gareth Collins  (Imperial), Dan Eakins (Univ. of Oxford) and Phil Bland (Curtin University)