Matthew Horstwood

Dr Matthew Horstwood

Research scientist
BGS Keyworth

Matthew Horstwood’s biography

  • 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

Key papers

Craig, G, Managh, A J, Stremtan, C, Lloyd, N S, and Horstwood, M S A. 2018. Doubling sensitivity in multicollector ICPMS using high-efficiency, rapid response Laser Ablation Technology. Analytical chemistry 90 (19), 11564-11571

Bauer, A M, and Horstwood, M S A. 2018. Small-volume Lu-Hf and U-Pb isotope determination of complex zircons by solution and laser ablation MC-ICP-MS. Chemical Geology 476, 85-99

2016 : Advances in isotope ratio determination by LA–ICP–MS JD Woodhead, MSA Horstwood, JM Cottle Elements 12 (5), 317-322

Horstwood, M S A, Košler, J, Gehrels, G, Jackson, S E, McLean, N M, Paton, C, Pearson, N J, Sircombe, K, Sylvester, P, Vermeesch, P, Bowring, J F, Condon, D J, 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


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

Boards and committees

  • 2013 – ongoing: Editorial Board Member Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research

Professional association

  • Lead Co-ordinator Laser Ablation ICP-MS U-Th-Pb Network

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