Dr Robert Steele

Dr Robert Steele
Research Officer


My main scientific focus concerns understanding the processes by which solar systems and planets form. Primarily, I develop new analytical techniques to measure elemental and isotopic compositions in terrestrial samples, meteorites and their components. I examine the processing of presolar material in the early Solar System on its journey to become the planets and asteroids we know today.

I received my PhD in Bristol working on Ni isotope compositions in meteorites measured by MC-ICPMS. After my PhD I moved as a Postdoc to UCLA and used SIMS to examine early Solar System chronology. Following this I moved ETH Zurich where I did another postdoc returning to work on MC-ICPMS where I examined volatile element delivery to Earth by looking at Archean samples. I joined the School of Earth and Environmental sciences STAiG lab in 2017 where, in addition to continuing my work into the formation of solar systems and terrestrial planets, I manage the ICPMS labs and clean labs.

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Recent publications

7  (of 7 published available) for rcjs. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2017 (2/8)
Meteoritics & Planetary Science
vol.52 pp.1683-1703
The Stubenberg meteorite—An LL6 chondrite fragmental breccia recovered soon after precise prediction of the strewn field
Addi Bischoff, Jean-Alix Barrat, Kerstin Bauer, Christoph Burkhardt, Henner Busemann, Samuel Ebert, Michael Gonsior, Janina Hakenmüller, Jakub Haloda, Dennis Harries, Dieter Heinlein, Harald Hiesinger, Rupert Hochleitner, Viktor Hoffmann, Melanie Kaliwoda, Matthias Laubenstein, Colin Maden, Matthias M. M. Meier, Andreas Morlok, Andreas Pack, Alexander Ruf, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Maria Schönbächler, Robert Charles John Steele, Pavel Spurný, Karl Wimmer 
2017 (1/1)
Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry
vol.82 pp.511-542
(Review article)
The isotope geochemistry of Ni
Tim Elliott, Robert Charles John Steele 
2013 (1/1)
Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
vol.28 pp.52-58
Statistical bias in isotope ratios
Christopher D. Coath, Robert Charles John Steele, W. Fred Lunnon 
2012 (26/9)
Astrophysical Journal
2011 (15/12)
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
vol.75 pp.7906-7925
Confirmation of mass-independent Ni isotopic variability in iron meteorites
Robert Charles John Steele, Tim Elliott, Christopher D. Coath, Marcel Regelous 
Keywords: Nickel, Technique, Mass-independent, Isotope, Iron meteorite, Early Solar System

Contact Details:

Dr Robert Steele
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463849
room: 501
email: rcjs@st-andrews.ac.uk



School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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