Dr Matthew Horstwood

Dr Matthew Horstwood

Isotope Geoscientist, Geochronologist and Mass Spectrometrist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3008

E-mail Dr Matthew Horstwood


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

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

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society, Member of the Geochemical Society
  • Lead Co-ordinator Laser Ablation ICP-MS U-Th-Pb Network
  • Vice President of the International Association of Geoanalysts (IAG)

Published outputs

Key papers

Thomas, R.J.; Jacobs, J.; Horstwood, M.S.A.; Ueda, K.; Bingen, B.; Matola, R. 2010. The Mecubúri and Alto Benfica Groups, NE Mozambique : aids to unravelling ca.1 Ga and 0.5 Ga events in the East African Orogen. Precambrian Research, 178 (1-4). 72-90. 10.1016/j.precamres.2010.01.010

John M Cottle, Matthew S A Horstwood & Randall R Parrish A new approach to single shot laser ablation analysis and its application to in situ Pb/U geochronology J. Anal. At. Spectrom. 2009. DOI: 10.1039/b821899d

Nicholas S Lloyd, Randall R Parrish, Matthew S A Horstwood and Simon R N Chenery Precise and accurate isotopic analysis of microscopic uranium-oxide grains using LA-MC-ICP-MS J. Anal. At. Spectrom. 2009. DOI: 10.1039/b819373h

Horstwood, M S A, Evans, J A & Montgomery, J. 2008. Determination of Sr isotopes in calcium phosphates using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and their application to archaeological tooth enamel. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, 5659-5674.

Horstwood, M S A. 2008. Data reduction strategies, uncertainty assessment and resolution of LA-(MC-)ICP-MS isotope data. In: Laser ablation ICP-MS in the Earth Sciences: current practices and outstanding issues. Ed. Paul Sylvester. Mineralogical Association of Canada Short Course Series Volume, 40, 283-300.