About Us

The Planetary Materials Group comprises researchers from the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Center, which is located in East Kilbride.

We are also members of the Space Glasgow research cluster, and have close links with partners in the University of Glasgow Schools of Engineering, and Physics & Astronomy, and elsewhere in the UK, continental Europe and further afield.

Our research addresses a spectrum of questions including the early history of the solar system, the assembly and evolution of asteroids, exploration of Mars using meteorites and planetary rovers, and terrestrial impact cratering.

Find out more about our members, PhD students and facilities by clicking the links or scrolling down the page.

Our Members

Dr Philippa Ascough

Dr Philippa Ascough

Research Fellow

Isolating and identifying the origin of carbon in meteorites

Hydropyrolysis, Metabolomics, Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

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Dr Ben Cohen

Dr Ben Cohen

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Thermal histories of meteorites from asteroids and from Mars

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Dr Lydia Hallis

Dr Lydia Hallis

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Volatile evolution of Mars

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Dr Patrick Harkness

Dr Patrick Harkness

Lecturer

Space hardware and rover engineering

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Jacqueline Gunn

Jacqueline Gunn

Carbon in Martian meteorites

Prof Martin Lee

Prof Martin Lee

Professor

Mineralogical and isotopic analysis of meteorites from asteroids and Mars, and terrestrial impact rocks

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Dr Leah Morgan

Dr Leah Morgan

Research Associate

Rover-based 40Ar/39Ar geochronology

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Dr Paula Lindgren

Dr Paula Lindgren

Research Associate

Aqueous alteration of the CM carbonaceous chondrites

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Dr Darren Mark

Dr Darren Mark

Senior Research Fellow & Head of NERC Argon Isotope Facility

High precision geochronology

Planetary science (geochronology, astrobiology, petrology, rover technology design)

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Dr Vernon Phoenix

Dr Vernon Phoenix

Reader

Astrobiology and Mars analogues.

Early life on Earth

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Dr Tim Tomkinson

Dr Tim Tomkinson

Water-mediated alteration of martian meteorites

Dr John Faithfull

Dr John Faithfull

Meteorite curation and mineralogy

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Dr Jaime Toney

Dr Jaime Toney

Lecturer

Biomarkers and Mars analogues

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Dr Douglas Morrison

Dr Douglas Morrison

Senior Lecturer

Organc carbon in Shergottites Visit School Webpage

Our PhD Students

Helene Breton

Helene Breton

PhD Student

Mineralogy of the nakhlite meteorites

Adrienne Macartney

Adrienne Macartney

PhD Student

Crust-atmosphere coupling and carbon sequestration of early Mars

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Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson

PhD Student

Hydrothermal alteration of the Rochechouart impact crater

Nick Thomas

Nick Thomas

PhD Student

Terrestrial Mars analogues

Annemarie Pickersgill

Annemarie Pickersgill

PhD Student

Radiometric dating of terrestrial impact structures

Phillipe Nauny

Phillipe Nauny

PhD Student

Terrestrial Mars analogues

Our Facilities

Our planetary materials research is underpinned by a suite of state of the art instruments for the analysis of terrestrial and extraterrestrial rocks, and facilities for development of space hardware.

Imaging Spectroscopy and Analysis Centre (ISAAC)

The center houses two field-emission SEMs equipped with both energy- and wavelength-dispersive X-ray detectors, electron backscatter diffraction systems (both Oxford Instruments and EDAX-TSL), cathodoluminescence and scanning transmission detectors. It also has a Raman microscope and a complete suite of facilities for sample preparation and coating.

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Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre (KNC)

Based in the school of Physics and Astronomy, the KNC houses several TEMs, including a JEOL aberration corrected instrument, along with a focused ion beam instrument for the manufacture of thin foils.

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Biomarkers for environmental and climate science

Biomarkers for Environmental and Climate Science is a research group led by Dr Jaime Toney, and applies biomarkers to understand environmental change in a wide rage of terrestrial environments including high altitude Mars analogue sites.

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SUERC argon isotope facility

The Argon Isotope Facility hosts a comprehensive suite of analytical equipment dedicated to Ar isotope determinations in both rocks and minerals. The Facility has the most extensive range of gas extraction techniques and analytical tools in the UK, which allow age determinations of rocks/minerals, and high spatial resolution in situ dating. The 40K-40Ar clock is one of the most widely used radiometric dating methods, and is capable of determining the age of rocks that are less than two thousand years old and the age of meteorites that are older than the Earth (> 4.5 Ga).

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