Dr Matthew Horstwood

Dr Matthew Horstwood

Research Scientist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3008

E-mail Dr Matthew Horstwood

ORCID: 0000000342008193


  •  2000 – ongoing : Plasma Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (PIMS) Facility Manager
  •  1998 –2000 : Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 PDRF at NIGL

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society, Member of the Geochemical Society
  • Lead Co-ordinator Laser Ablation ICP-MS U-Th-Pb Network

Research interests

  • Archaean and Early Earth Geology and Geochemistry
  • Geochronology & Isotope Geochemistry
  • Mass spectrometry


  • Data handling, uncertainty estimation and quality assurance
  • LA-ICP-MS isotope geochemistry and U-Th-Pb geochronology
  • Technique development in (laser ablation-)mass spectrometry

Published outputs

Key papers

Horstwood, MSA, Košler, J, Gehrels, G, Jackson, SE, McLean, NM, Paton, C, Pearson, NJ, Sircombe, K, Sylvester, P, Vermeesch, P, Bowring, JF, Condon, DJ and Schoene, B. 2016. Community-Derived Standards for LA-ICP-MS U-(Th-)Pb Geochronology – Uncertainty Propagation, Age Interpretation and Data Reporting Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research doi: 10.1111/j.1751-908X.2016.00379.x

Schaltegger, U, Schmitt, AK and Horstwood, MSA. 2015. U–Th–Pb zircon geochronology by ID-TIMS, SIMS, and laser ablation ICP-MS: recipes, interpretations, and opportunities. Chemical Geology 402, 89-110

Košler, J, Sláma, J, Belousova, E, Corfu, F, Gehrels, GE, Gerdes, A, Horstwood, MSA, Sircombe, KN, Sylvester, PJ, Tiepolo, M, Whitehouse, MJ and Woodhead, JD. 2013. U‐Pb Detrital Zircon Analysis–Results of an Inter‐laboratory Comparison Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 37 (3), 243-259

Nemchin, AA, Horstwood, MSA and Whitehouse, MJ. 2012. High-spatial-resolution geochronology Elements 9 (1), 31-37