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Prof Adrian Finch

Prof Adrian Finch
Professor; Examinations Officer


 

My research is underpinned by using the geochemistry of minerals to reconstruct past conditions, either in magmatic, metamorphic or environmental systems. I particularly use isotope geochemical methods and the physical properties of minerals to determine how they formed and to extract geologically relevant information (such as magma or hydrothermal fluid compositions). My research has involved technique development (particularly in mineral spectroscopy) and I have a reputation for working in Arctic environments.

I commonly consult for Exploration geology companies.

Website: www.adrianfinch.co.uk

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-finch-2a550876/edit/position/417520216/

Understanding the origins and mobility of rare elements such as niobium, zirconium and rare earths associated with alkaline magmatism. I have studied a variety of alkaline and peralkaline igneous rocks including syenite, nepheline syenite, lujavrite and carbonatite. My work has sought to understand more fully the mechanisms by which rare metals, such as rare earth elements, become concentrated in magmas, and how late-stage post-crystallisation processes modify and mobilise elements. This work involves studies of the mobility of rare earths and high field-strength elements such as zirconium, hafnium, niobium and tantalum. I am part of two consortia, HiTech AlkCarb and SoS RARE.

I consult for a number of Exploration Geology companies interested in the petrology and petrogenesis of alkaline rocks and rare elements.

The physical properties of minerals as a tool for provenance and geological history, particularly in gem materials using luminescence techniques. I have links with several gem and gem-testing laboratories, supported by the Facility for the Luminescence of Minerals at St Andrews University.

The geochemistry of biominerals as archives for past climate in collaboration with Dr Nicola Allison. This research has been funded by several Research Council grants.

My research group (‘the A-team’) past and present is listed here. Current staff include Dr Will Hutchison, Dr Anouk Borst and my current PhD students are Nicky Horsburgh and Kris Sokol.

Positions:

Current: Professor of Geology, specialising in Mineralogy and Petrology,

2000-2003 Personal Research Fellowship from Royal Society of Edinburgh

2011-2014 Head of Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

2012-2014 Co-Head of School of Geography & Geosciences

2010-2011 ProDean of Postgraduate Affairs, Faculty of Sciences

2007 Vice President of Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

source: symbiosis

 

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A high sensitivity system for luminescence measurement of materials Adrian Anthony Finch, Yafang Wang, Peter D. Townsend, Martin Ingle
Luminescence vol.Early View
Temperature dependence of bulk luminescence from ZnO Meima Cui, Zili Zhang, Yafang Wang, Adrian Anthony Finch, P. D. Townsend
Luminescence 2018 vol.33 pp.654-659
Factors controlling the thermoluminescence spectra of rare earth doped calcium fluoride Y. Wang, Y. Zhao, D. White, Adrian Anthony Finch, P. D. Townsend
Journal of Luminescence 2017 vol.184 pp.55-63
Spectral changes and wavelength dependent thermoluminescence of rare earth ions after X-ray irradiation P. D. Townsend, Adrian Anthony Finch, M. Maghrabi, V. Ramachandran, G. V. Vázquez, Y. Wang, D. R. White
Journal of Luminescence 2017 vol.192 pp.574-581
Thermoluminescence of SrAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ M. L. Chithambo, A. H. Wako, Adrian Anthony Finch
Radiation Measurements 2017 vol.97 pp.1-13
Competing roles of defects in SrAl2O4:Eu2+,Dy3+ phosphors detected by luminescence techniques Y. Wang, M. Cui, Y. Zhao, Z. G. Xia, Adrian Anthony Finch, P. D. Townsend
Journal of Materials Research 2016 vol.31 pp.1403-1412
Defects in sodalite-group minerals determined from X-ray-induced luminescence Adrian Anthony Finch, Mufeed Maghrabi
Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 2016 vol.43 pp.481-491
Energy dependence of radioluminescence spectra from strontium titanate Y. Wang, Y. Zhao, Z. Zhang, C. Zhao, X. Wu, Adrian Anthony Finch, P.D. Townsend
Journal of Luminescence 2015 vol.166 pp.17-21
Ion size effects on thermoluminescence of terbium and europium doped magnesium orthosilicate Y. Zhao, Y. Zhou, Y. Jiang, W. Zhou, Adrian Anthony Finch, P.D. Townsend, Y. Wang
Journal of Materials Research 2015 vol.FirstView
Substrate lattice relaxations, spectral distortions, and nanoparticle inclusions of ion implanted zinc oxide Y. Wang, B. Ma, W. Zhang, D. Li, Y. Zhao, Adrian Anthony Finch, P. D. Townsend
Journal of Applied Physics 2015 vol.118
Time-resolved optically stimulated luminescence and spectral emission features of α-Al2O3:C M.L. Chithambo, A.N. Nyirenda, Adrian Anthony Finch, N.S. Rawat
Physica B : Condensed Matter 2015

Contact Details:

Prof Adrian Finch
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Fife
UK

tel: +44 01334 462384
fax: +44 01334 463949
room: 421
email: aaf1@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Scottish Oceans Institute
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Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
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