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Max Coleman

Photograph of Professor Max Coleman

Areas of interest

  • Interactions of sedimentary organic matter with inorganic and aqueous species and especially, application of microbial biochemistry to geological problems - self-organisation and controls on optimised dissipation of chemical potential energy
  • Astrobiology - definition of generic inorganic biosignatures and quantification of energy budgets for biotic processes
  • Controls on the chemical composition of basinal brines, including development of new, natural geochemical tracers of origin.
  • Integration of chemical, microbiological and physical processes to understand and remedy environmental pollution problems.
  • Palaeo-oceanography and quantitative palaeoclimatology.
  • Clastic sediment diagenesis - understanding of specific processes and integration of effects from pore-scale to basin-scale diagenesis, with application to hydrocarbons.

Research centres and groups

Emeritus Member of the Aquatic Environments Research Centre


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