Dr Stanislav Strekopytov

Dr Stanislav Strekopytov
  • Senior Analytical Chemist
  • Science Facilities department
  • Imaging and Analysis Centre
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

  • 2008 - present   Manager, Wet Chemistry Laboratory, Natural History Museum
  • 2005-2008   Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
  • 2002-2005   Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Physics and Chemistry, Keele University
  • 2000-2002   Visiting researcher, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
  • 1997-2000   Scientific officer, Shirshov Institute for Marine Sciences, Moscow, Russia





1997 - PhD, Marine Geology and Geochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences

1994 BSc (Hons) Geology and Geochemistry, Moscow State University, Russia


Present and past research interests

Analytical methods

REE and trace element characterisation of dust and aerosol samples (ICP-MS)

Si in plants (ICP-AES)


Major and trace element characterisation of meteorites and lunar rocks

Environmental geochemistry

Provenance tracing of dust sources using REE and trace element data

Marine geochemistry

Early diagenetic processes in modern marine sediments including Fe-S cycle

Rare earth elements as traces of sources of matter in marine sedimentation

Aquatic chemistry

Hydroxyaluminosilicates as solid phases controlling solubility of aluminium in aquatic environment

Lab-related activities

  • Day-to-day running of the chemical laboratories
  • Providing services for users of chemical laboratories
  • Chemical analysis including method development
  • Responsibility for ICP-MS and Ion Chromatography equipment
  • Research and income generating activities


Analytical geochemistry. Aqueous, sedimentary and environmental geochemistry. Inductively-coupled plasma mass-spectrometry (ICP-MS): analysis of geological samples and geochemical interpretation of data, analysis of biological, synthetic and environmental samples.


Selected publications
  • Hallis L.J. , Anand M., STREKOPYTOV S. ( 2014 )
    Trace-element modelling of mare basalt parental melts: Implications for a heterogeneous lunar mantle
    Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 134 : 289-316 . 10.1016/j.gca.2014.01.012
  •  Zaitsev A N, Williams C T, Jeffries T E, STREKOPYTOV S, Mouttec J, Ivashchenkova O V, Spratt J, Petrov S V, Wall F, Seltmann R, Borozdin A P ( 2014 )
    Rare earth elements in phoscorites and carbonatites of the Devonian Kola Alkaline Province, Russia: Examples from Kovdor, Khibina, Vuoriyarvi and Turiy Mys complexes
    Ore Geology Reviews 61 : 204-225 . 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2014.02.002
  • Dong S, Weiss D J, STREKOPYTOV S, Kreissig K, Sun Y, Baker A R & Formenti P ( 2013 )  Stable isotope ratio measurements of Cu and Zn in mineral dust (bulk and size fractions) from the Taklimakan Desert and the Sahel and in aerosols from the eastern tropical North Atlantic Ocean Talanta 114 : 103-109 . 10.1016/j.talanta.2013.03.062
  • Wainipee W, Cuadros J, Sephton M A, Unsworth C, Gill M G, STREKOPYTOV S, Weiss D J ( 2013 ) The effects of oil on As(V) adsorption on illite, kaolinite, montmorillonite and chlorite Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta . 10.1016/j.gca.2013.07.018
  • Ferrat M, Weiss D J, STREKOPYTOV S ( 2012 ) A single procedure for the accurate and precise quantification of the rare earth elements, Sc, Y, Th and Pb in dust and peat for provenance tracing in climate and pollution studies. Talanta 93 : 415-423 . 10.1016/j.talanta.2012.01.052
  • Khan F R, Misra S K, García-Alonso J, Smith B D, STREKOPYTOV S, Rainbow P S, Luoma S N & Valsami-Jones E ( 2012 ) Bioaccumulation dynamics and modeling in an estuarine invertebrate following aqueous exposure to nanosized and dissolved silver. Environmental Science & Technology 46 : 7621–7628 . 10.1021/es301253s
  • Zaitsev A N, Marks M A W, Wenzel T, Spratt J, Sharygin V V, STREKOPYTOV S & Markl G. ( 2012 ) Mineralogy, geochemistry and petrology of the phonolitic to nephelinitic Sadiman volcano, Crater Highlands, Tanzania. Lithos 152 : 66-83 . 10.1016/j.lithos.2012.03.001
  • Ferrat M, Weiss D J, STREKOPYTOV S,  Dong S, Chen H, Najorka J, Sun Y, Gupta S, Tada R & Sinh R ( 2011 ) Improved provenance tracing of Asian dust sources using rare earth elements and selected trace elements for palaeomonsoon studies on the eastern Tibetan Plateau. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75 : 6374-6399 . 10.1016/j.gca.2011.08.025
  • Hezel D C, Schlüter J, Kallweit H, Jull A J T, Al Fakeer O Y, Al Shamsi M & STREKOPYTOV S ( 2011 ) Meteorites from the United Arab Emirates: description, weathering and terrestrial ages. Meteoritics & Planetary Sciences 46 : 327-336 . 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2010.01165.x
  • Larner F, Rehkämper M, Coles B J, Kreissig K, Weiss D J, Sampson B, Unsworth C & STREKOPYTOV S ( 2011 ) A new separation procedure for Cu prior to stable isotope analysis by MC-ICP-MS. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 26 : 1627-1632 . 10.1039/C1JA10067J
  • Le Blond J S, STREKOPYTOV S, Unsworth C & Williamson B J ( 2011 ) Testing a new method for quantifying Si in silica-rich biomass using HF in a closed vessel microwave digestion system. Analytical Methods 3 : 1752-1758 . 10.1039/C1AY05144J
  • Zaitsev A N, Wenzel T, Spratt J, Williams T C, STREKOPYTOV S, Sharygin V V, Petrov S V,  Golovina T A, Zaitseva E O & Markl G. ( 2011 ) Was Sadiman volcano a source for the Laetoli Footprint Tuff? Journal of Human Evolution 61 : 121-124 . 10.1016/j.jhevol.2011.02.004
  • Exley C, Korchazhkina O, Job D, STREKOPYTOV S, Polwart A & Crome P ( 2006 ) Non-invasive therapy to reduce the body burden of aluminium in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 10 : 17-24 .
  • Exley C, Mamutse G, Korchazhkina O, Pye E, STREKOPYTOV S, Polwart A & Howkins C ( 2006 ) Elevated urinary excretion of aluminium and iron in multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis 12 : 533-540 . doi:10.1177/1352458506071323
  • STREKOPYTOV S, Jarry E & Exley C ( 2006 ) Further insight into the mechanism of formation of hydroxyaluminosilicates. Polyhedron 25 : 3399-3404 . doi:10.1016/j.poly.2006.06.013
  • STREKOPYTOV S & Exley C ( 2006 ) Thermal analyses of aluminium hydroxide and hydroxyaluminosilicates. Polyhedron 25 : 1707-1713 . doi:10.1016/j.poly.2005.11.011
  • STREKOPYTOV S & Exley C ( 2005 ) The formation, precipitation and structural characterisation of hydroxyaluminosilicates formed in the presence of fluoride and phosphate. Polyhedron 24 : 1585-1592 . doi:10.1016/j.poly.2005.04.017
  • STREKOPYTOV S V, Uspenskaya T Yu, Vinogradova E L & Dubinin A V ( 2005 ) Redox diagenesis in the sediments of the Kandalaksha Bay, White Sea. Geochemistry International 43 : 117-130 .
  • Schneider C, Doucet F, STREKOPYTOV S & Exley C ( 2004 ) Solubility product for an hydroxyaluminosilicate. Polyhedron 23 : 3185-3191 . doi:10.1016/j.poly.2004.10.003
  • STREKOPYTOV S V ( 2003 ) Geochemistry of diagenesis of sediments in the Barents Sea: Forms of iron and sulfur. Lithology and Mineral Resources 38 : 1-11 . doi:10.1023/A:1021815322092