Flowtrans ITN Co-supervisor
University of Münster
I am a research associate in the Institut für Mineralogie at the University of Münster, Germany, where I have worked for the past 18 years. Previously I was funded by Mobil North Sea on a project researching enhanced oil recovery at the University of Cambridge, UK. Within Flowtrans, I am co-supervisor for the two ESRs Elisabete Pedrosa and Stephen Centrella.
I am an experimental geochemist and my research interests centre on reactions occurring at the mineral-water interface.
This involves dissolution and growth processes as well as mineral replacement reactions and the subsequent development of porosity. I use a variety of analytical techniques but I concentrate mainly on direct observations using atomic force microscoipy (AFM). Currently I am also an adjunct professor in the Nanochemistry Research Insitute at Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
My first degree (BSc in geology) was from the University of Newcastle, Australia. My doctoral degree (Dr. rer Nat) was awarded from the University of Münster. Above all, I am the mother of 6 children (now all independent) and the grandmother of 8 children (more coming!). At the same time when my children were young I was a chemistry teacher in many Cambridge secondary schools for several years before taking up the research position at Cambridge University. My other interests (not much time left) are travelling, geology field work, and spending time with my grandchildren, as well as enjoying the good company of family and friends. I am happiest when my house is full – which is very often.