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Dr Dominic Papineau
London Centre for Nanotechnology
  • Lecturer
  • Dept of Earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I was born in 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and my mother tongue is French. I studied my primary, secondary and higher education in Montreal and in 2001, I obtained a B.Sc. in Physics (major) and biochemistry (minor) from McGill University, with significant coursework in Astrophysics at the Universite de Montreal. In 2006, I obtained a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences and Astrobiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I worked under Prof. Stephen Mojzsis. Between 2006 ans 2010, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington with Dr. Marilyn Fogel, and after a brief passage at Boston College as an assistant professor, I began working as a lecturer at the University College London in 2013. Here, I am based in the London Centre for Nanotechnology, I built a lab of 'Geological Spectroscopy' in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, I have been teaching Geochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences, and I am on the board of the Centre for Planetary Sciences.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My main research topics are:

- Biological signatures in Eoarchean metasedimentary rocks.
- The biogeochemical changes during and after the Great Oxidation Event in the Paleoproterozoic and the rise of multicellular organisms.
- The biogeochemical changes following the Neoproterozoic Oxidation Event and during the rise of the earliest animals.
- Nano-fabrication approaches for 'correlated microscopy' of microscopic mineral assemblages.

Teaching Summary

My main teaching activities are (have been):

2016-…:          University College London: module director for Geoscience Reports (GEOL3011); 30 students

2014-…:          University College London: module director for Geochemistry (GEOL1014); 40 students

2011-2013:      At Boston College: course director for Cosmos (GE 177) (200 students), Earth Materials (GE 220) (45 students), Seminar in Earth Systems Sciences (GE 691) (10 students), and Global Biogeochemical Cycles (GE 440) (16 students)

2001-2002:      At University of Colorado at Boulder: teaching Assistant for the laboratory section of “Introduction to Mineralogy” and the field course “Introduction to Physical Geology”.

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