Adrian Finch and his group have become a part of the St Andrews and Dundee Universities Centre for Magnetic Resonance, led by fellow mineralogist Professor Sharon Ashbrook. The Centre combines the knowledge of some of the world’s leading experts in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) studying a variety of materials from liquids and polymers to solid state methods on materials such as minerals.
Adrian’s group’s work using ESR and NMR complement their use of synchrotron methods (EXAFS and XANES) for identifying the locations of trace elements in minerals. Magnetic and electron resonance are ways of identifying how metals substitute in structures and how they couple with other (structural) defects. Such data are essential to understand how trace elements partition into minerals and has been used to explore the accuracy of environmental reconstructions in biominerals using trace elements.