Researchers in the mineral and planetary sciences division are investigating the fundamental geological processes that shape our planet and the solar system.
Volcanology and petrology research
We are investigating active volcanoes and other volcanic areas to better understand the genesis and evolution of magmas and the timescales of pre-eruptive magmatic processes.
Investigating the mineralisation and fluid processes that occur in carbonatitic magmas in the Chilwa Alkaline Province of Malawi and the potential for extracting precious elements.
Extraterrestrial materials research
Current research projects explore the origins and evolution of the Sun, planets, the Moon, asteroids and comets.
Mineral sciences research
We are investigating the effects of atomic scale phenomena on the properties of minerals.