'Put a ring on it: Synchrotron Applications in Earth and Environmental Science'

NG08 - School of Biosciences – R27 on the Edgbaston Campus map
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Wednesday 18th February 2015 (16:00-17:00)
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Part of the School Seminar Series

Speaker: Roy Wogelius, Professor of Geochemistry, University of Manchester

Host: Eva Valsami-Jones

Recent advances in synchrotron methodologies have resulted in a number of new capabilities for the analysis of natural materials, from adsorbents in nuclear treatment facilities to exceptionally preserved iconic fossils. In this talk, the use of Synchrotron Rapid Scanning X-ray Fluorescence (SRS-XRF) and allied spectroscopic techniques will be discussed as applied to the study of several scientifically important fossil specimens including Archaeopteryx ligthographica and Confuciusornis sanctus. These methods have in many ways revolutionized the study of rare and precious specimens, but they also may provide critical information about other types of materials. This presentation will therefore also include analytical results pertinent to several industrial processes (e.g. wastewater treatment, radionuclide sequestration).