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Dr Chris Ottley

Senior Research Officer in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42325
Room number: Rm 137

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BSc. (Hons) The Polytechnic Wolverhampton. 1986
PhD Essex University, 1991
1991-1992 Post doctoral researcher Imperial College, London.
1992-1995 Post doctoral researcher Lancaster University
1995-present Senior Research Officer Department of Earth Sciences University of Durham.

Career Research Highlights

Ottley has a wide ranging background in environmental analytical chemistry . In the last 15 years this has concentrated on the application of ICP-MS technologies supporting the research objectives of the Department of Earth Sciences. He has continually been developing methodologies for the low level determination of REE and other trace elements at low concentrations in geological materials, including PGE analyses in silicate rocks, low level Pt analyses in anti-cancer drug therapy (with Newcastle University Cancer Research Group, Cancer Biomarkers and Prevention Group at Leicester University) and the analysis of Cd and Te in solar cell components. He is both a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.

Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

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Conference Proceeding

  • Ottley C.J, Davison W & Edmunds W.M (1994). Chemical reduction of nitrate in groundwaters. Environmental Contamination 6th International Conference, Delphi Greece, CEP Consultants Ltd.
  • Harrison R.M & Ottley C.J (1991). Estimation of heavy metal inputs to the seas. Heavy Metals in the Environment, Edinburgh, CEP Consultants Ltd.
  • Jickells T.D, Yaaqub R.R, Kane M.M, Rendell A.R, Davies T, Harrison R.M, Ottley C.J, Chester R & Bradshaw G (1991). Atmospheric inputs to the North Sea: A progress report. The Proceedings of EUROTRAC symposium, SPB Academic Publishing.

Journal Article

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Teaching Areas

  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Geochemical tracing