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Kathleen Wright

Professor Kate Wright

Dean, Graduate Research School
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Graduate Research School
The University of Western Australia (M358)
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+61 8 6488 7110
Professor Kate Wright is Dean of the Graduate Research School in and has responsibility for leadership and management of research training across the university.

Kate obtained an Honours Degree in Geology and a PhD in Mineral Physics from University College London, UK. Prior to moving to Australia, she was a Royal Society University Research Fellow, at the University of Manchester and at the Royal Institution in London. On moving to Perth in 2004, Kate continued her research at Curtin University as Professor of Mineral Chemistry and in 2010 took on the role of Dean of Research for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. She was appointed as Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Training later in 2011. Kate took on her current role at the University of Western Australia in March 2016.
Key research
My research interests centre around the study of microscopic defects in minerals and their influence on macroscopic behaviour.
Pigott, J.S., Wright, K., Gale, J.D., Panero, W.R. (2015) Calculation of the energetics of water incorporation in majorite garnet. American Mineral. 100: 1065-1075
Foray, F.L., Smith, A.M.L., Navrotsky, A., Wright, K., Hudson-Edwards, K.A. and Dubbin, W.E. (2014) Synthesis, characterization and thermochemistry of synthetic Pb-AS, Pb-Cu and Pb-Zn jarosites. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 127:107-119
Carlson, W.D., Gale, J.D. and Wright, K. (2014) Incorporation of Y and REEs in aluminosilicate garnet: Energetics from computer simulation. American Mineral. 99: 1022-1034
Zhang, F. and Wright, K. (2012) Coupled (Li+Al3+) substitutions in hydrous forsterite. American Mineral 97:425-429
Zhang, F. and Wright, K. (2012) Lithium defects and diffusivity in forsterite Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 91:32-39
Smeaton, C.M., Walshe, G.E., Smith, A.M.L., Hudson-Edwards, K.L., Dubbin, W.E., Wright, K., Beale, A.M., Fryer, B.J., and Weisener, C.G. (2012) Simultaneous release of Fe and As during the reductive dissolution of Pb-As jarosite by Shewanella putrefaciens CN32. Env. Sci. & Technol. 46(23):12823-12831
Hudson-Edwards, K.A. and Wright, K. (2011) Computer simulations of the (012) and (001) surfaces of jarosite with Al, Cd, Cu2+ and Zn. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 75:52-62
Sperink, S., Raitieri, P., Marks, N. and Wright K. (2011) Dehydroxylation of Kaolinite to Metakaolin - A Molecular Dynamics Study. J. Materials Chem., 21:2118-2125
Gale J.D. and Wright K. (2010) Lattice dynamics from force-fields as a technique in mineral physics. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 71:391-411
Forray, F.L., Smith, A.M.L., Drouet, C., Navrotsky, A., Wright, K., Hudson-Edwards, K.A., and Dubbin, W.E. (2010) Synthesis, characterization and thermochemistry of a Pb-jarosite. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 74:215-224
Wright, K. and Gale, J.D. (2010) A first principles study of the dissolution of iron in sphalerite. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta.74:3514-3520
Spagnoli, D., Refson, K., Wright, K., and Gale, J.D. (2010) Density Functional Theory study of the iron disulfides Pyrite and Marcasite. Phys Rev B 81: Art no. 094106
Zhang, F. and Wright, K. Coupled (H+,M3+) substitutions in forsterite. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 74:5958-5965
Gale, J.D., Wright, K. and Hudson-Edwards K.A. (2010) Structure of hydronium substituted alunite from ab initio simulations. American Mineralogist 95:1109-1112
Zhang, F., Walker, A.M., Gale J.D. and Wright K. (2010) Interaction of vacancies with edge dislocations in MgO. J. Materials Chem. 20, 10445-10451
Walker A.M., Woodley S.M., Slater B. and Wright K. (2009) A computational study of magnesium point defects and diffusion in forsterite. Earth Plan. Sci. Letts. 172:20-27
Bejina F., Blanchard M., Wright K. and Price G.D. (2009) A computer simulation study of the effect of pressure on Mg diffusion in forsterite. Earth Plan. Sci. Letts. 172:13-19
Blanchard M., Balan E., and Wright K. (2009) Incorporation of water in iron-free ringwoodite: a first principles study. American Mineralogist. 94:83-89
Wright K. (2009) Incorporation of cadmium, manganese and ferrous iron in sphalerite (ZnS):Insights from computer simulation. Canadian Mineralogist 47:615-623
Murphey P.J., Smith A.L., Hudson-Edwards K.A., Dubbin W.E. and Wright K. (2009) Raman and IR spectroscopic studies of Al(III), Cr(III), Fe(III) and V(III) analogues of alunite- and jarosite-type compounds. Canadian Mineralogist 47:663-681
Sperink, S., Becker, T., Wright, K. and Richmond, W.R. (2009) Synthesis and characterization of lamellar ZnS nanosheets containing intercalated diamines. J Incl. Phenom. Macrocycl. Chem. 65:89-95
Balan E., Refson K., Blanchard M., Delattre S., Lazzeri M., Ingrin J., Mauri F., Wright K. and Winkler B. (2008) Theoretical infrared absorption of OH groups in minerals. American Mineral. 93: 950-953
Hudson-Edwards K., Smith A.M.L., Dubbin W.E., Bennett A.J., Murphey P.J. and Wright K. (2008) Comparison of the structures of natural and synthetic Pb-Cu-jarosite-type compounds. Eu. J. Mineral. 20:241-252.
Blanchard M., Alfredsson M., Brodholt J., Wright K., and Catlow C.R.A (2007) Arsenic incorporation into FeS2 pyrite and its influence on dissolution. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 71:624-630
Blanchard M., Wright K., Gale J.D., and Catlow C.R.A. (2007) Adsorption of As(OH)3 on the (001) surface of FeS2 Pyrite: A quantum mechanical study. J. Phys. Chem. C. 111:11390-11396
Smith, A.L., Hudson-Edwards, K. A., Dubbin, W.E. and Wright, K. (2006) Dissolution of Jarosite [KFe3(SO4)2(OH)6] at pH 2 and 8: Insights from Batch Experiments and Computational Modeling. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 70:608-621
Gatzemeier, A. and Wright, K. (2006) Computer modeling of hydrogen defects in the clinopyroxenes diopside and jadite. Phys. Chem. Minerals. 33:115-125
Smith, A.L., Dubbin, W.E., Wright, K. and Hudson-Edwards, K. A., (2006) Dissolution of plumbojarosite [Pb0.5Fe3(SO4)2(OH)6] and beudantite [PbFe3(SO4)(AsO4)(OH)6] at pH2 and 8: Insights from batch experiments. Chemical Geology 229:344-361.
Smith, A.L., Hudson-Edwards, K. A., Dubbin, W.L. and Wright K. (2006) Defects and impurities in jarosite: a computer simulation study. Applied Geochemistry 21:1251-1258
Walker, A.M., Demouchy, S. and Wright, K. (2006) Computer simulation of hydroxyl groups in α- and β-Mg2SiO4. Euro. J. Mineral. 18:529-543.
Wright, K. Atomistic Models of OH defects in nominally anhydrous minerals. In: Water in Nominally Anhydrous Minerals. Eds. H. Keppler and J. Smyth. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry. 62:67-83, 2006.
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