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Prof Ray Burgess - personal details

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Role: Professor of Isotope Geochemistry

Tel: 0161 275-3958

Location: Williamson Building-G13
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




My PhD was on the sulphur isotope geochemistry of meteorites and was supervised by Colin Pillinger. My PhD studies taught me a lot about mass spectrometry, vacuum systems, glassblowing, programming, and analysing samples. This was a useful research apprenticeship for my first postdoctoral position with Grenville Turner at the University of Sheffield, which involved using the MS1 mass spectrometer and applying the Ar-Ar technique to mineral inclusions in diamonds to obtain genesis ages and to study the composition of fluids also trapped in diamonds. I then moved to SUERC, Glasgow for a few years, and worked with Ian Parsons and Simon Kelley on the tricky problem of Ar diffusion in feldspars. Around this time I became interested in extending the 40Ar-39Ar technique to measure low concentrations of halogens in fluid inclusions and moved to Manchester, initally as a Royal Society University Research Fellow to continue this work.


BSc(Hons) Southampton; PhD (Open University)