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Matt Kilburn

Assoc/Prof Matt Kilburn

Acting Director (CMCA@Physics)
Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, Centre for (CMCA)

Contact details
Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA)
The University of Western Australia (M010)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7112
+61 8 6488 1087
Room 1.81, Physics Building, Perth campus
BSc Lond., PhD Brist.
Associate Professor Matt Kilburn obtained his BSc in Planetary Science from University College London, and then completed a PhD in Experimental Petrology at the University of Bristol. He held postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the University of Bristol, before joining the University of Oxford as a Research Fellow in 2003. In 2006, Matt joined UWA as a lecturer at CMCA, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010, and to Associate Professor in 2013. In 2016 he became Deputy Director of CMCA, and has been Acting Director since 2018.
Key research
Prof Kilburn is an expert in Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), and is head of UWA’s Ion Probe Facility. The facility houses a CAMECA IMS1280 large-geometry ion probe, for the in-situ measurement of isotopes in minerals, and two CAMECA NanoSIMS instruments for imaging mass spectrometry. Prof Kilburn’s research focuses on the application of SIMS to a range of disciplines, from geochemistry to biomedical research.
The NanoSIMS instruments are imaging mass spectrometers, providing elemental and isotopic maps of samples with ultra-high spatial resolution (50-100nm) and high sensitivity. They are routinely used in stable isotopes probing (SIP) experiments, in which a rare stable isotope (eg, 13C, 15N) is added to an experimental system to visualise biological processes or chemical reactions at interfaces (eg diffusion).
The IMS1280 is a state-of-the-art ion probe for the measurement of high-precision isotope ratios in minerals and materials. In particular, oxygen isotopes in zircons and other refractory minerals, and sulphur isotopes in sulphide minerals.
Prof Kilburn also undertakes U isotopic analyses of environmental samples for nuclear safeguards. The IMS1280 laboratory is part of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Network of Analytical Laboratories.
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ORCID: 0000-0002-1858-8485
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Acting Director, CMCA
Head, Ion Probe Facility
SIMS Technique Group Leader
GEOS5507 - Unit Coordinator
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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