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Paul Greenwood

Dr Paul Greenwood

Senior Research Fellow
Exploration Targeting, Centre for (CET)

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Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2520
+61 8 6488 1001

Senior Research Fellow
Earth Sciences, School of

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School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2520
+61 8 6488 1001
Room G14, Botany and Biology Building, Perth campus
BSc Melb., PhD NSW
Paul Greenwood is an environmental and organic geochemist. He studies the molecular distributions and compound specific stable isotopic values of organic matter in geological sediments, soils and water. Paul has been at UWA since 2006, and commenced affiliation with CET in 2011 through the CSIRO Flagship Cluster Organic-Inorganic Interactions in Mineral Systems. In one perspective this represents a back-to-the-future experience for Paul as he enjoyed 8 years employment with CSIRO-Petroleum through the 90’s. An initial CSIRO fellowship supported separate postdoctoral stints at Pennsylvania State University (USA) and Warwick University (UK). Paul has also held research positions at Geoscience Australia and Curtin University. He received his PhD from UNSW (1993), where he studied coal characterisation and the generation of fullerenes from coal using laser mass spectrometry.
(2014) Greenwood P.F., Amrani A., Sessions A., Raven M.R., Holman A.I., Dror G., Grice K., McCulloch M.T., Adkins, J.F. Development and initial biogeochemical applications of compound specific δ34S analysis. In: RSC Detection Science Series No. 4: Principles and Practice of Analytical Techniques in Geosciences (ed. Grice K.). Royal Society of Chemistry, Oxford, pp 285-312.
(2014) A.I. Holman, K. Grice, P.F. Greenwood, J.J. Brocks. Effects of sulfide minerals on aromatic maturity parameters: laboratory investigation using micro-scale sealed vessel pyrolysis.
Organic Geochemistry In press.
(2014) A.I. Holman, K. Grice, P.F. Greenwood, M.E. Böttcher, J.L. Walshe, K.A. Evans. New aspects of sulfur biogeochemistry during ore deposition from δ34S of elemental sulfur and organic sulfur from the ‘Here’s Your Chance’ Pb-Zn-Ag deposit Chemical Geology 387, 126-132.
(2014) A. Pagès, K. Grice, T. Ertefai, G. Skrzypek, R. Jahnert, P. Greenwood. Organic geochemical studies of modern microbial mats from Shark Bay: Part I: Influence of depth and salinity on lipid biomarkers and their isotopic signatures. Geobiology 12, 469-87.
(2014) A. Pagès, K. Grice, M. Vacher, D. Welsh, P. Teasdale, W. Bennett, P. Greenwood. Characterising microbial communities and processes in a modern stromatolite (Shark Bay) using lipid biomarkers and two-dimensional distributions of porewater solutes
Environmental Microbiology 16, 2458-2474.
(2014) S. Tulipani, K. Grice, E. Krull, P. Greenwood, AT. Revill. Salinity variations in the Northern Coorong Lagoon, South Australia: Significant changes in the Ecosystem following human alteration to the natural water regime. Organic Geochemistry 75, 74-86.
(2014) Z. Zhang, J.K. Volkman, P.F. Greenwood, W. Hu, J. Qin, T. Borjigin, C. Zhai W. Liu. Flash pyrolysis of kerogens from algal rich oil shales from the Eocene Huadian Formation, NE China
Organic Geochemistry 76, 167-172.
(2014) M. Mallick, S. Dutta, P.F. Greenwood. Molecular characterization of fossil and extant dammar resin extracts: Insights into molecular taphonomy of sesqui- and triterpenoids International Journal of Coal Geology. 121, 129-136
(2014). E. L. Plant, R. Smernik, P. Greenwood, L. M Macdonald, J. van Leeuwen, A. Everson. Changes in the nature of dissolved organics during pulp and paper mill wastewater treatment: a multivariate statistical study combining data from three analytical approaches. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 21, 4265-75.

(2013) P.F. Greenwood, J.J. Brocks, K. Grice, L. Schwark, C.M.B Jaraula, J.M. Dick, K.A. Evans. Organic Geochemistry and Mineralogy. I. Characterisation of Organic Matter Associated with Metal Deposits Ore Geology Reviews 50, 1-27.
(2013) I. Melendez, K. Grice, K. Trinajstic, M. Ladjavardi, P.F. Greenwood, K. Thompson. Biomarkers reveal the role of photic zone euxinia in exceptional fossil preservation. Geology, 41, 123-126.
(2013) Q. Wang, H. Lu, P.F. Greenwood,L. Jiang, J. Liu, P.Peng. Gas evolution during kerogen pyrolysis of Estonian Kukersite shale in confined gold-tube system. Organic Geochemistry. 65, 74-82
(2013) S. Tulipani, K. Grice, P. Greenwood, L. Schwark. A pyrolysis and stable isotopic approach to investigate the origin of methyltrimethyltridecylchromans (MTTCs). Organic Geochemistry 61, 1-5.
(2013) R.S. Lockhart, L.J. Berwick, P. Greenwood*, K. Grice, P. Kraal, R. Bush. Analytical Pyrolysis for Determining the Molecular Composition of Contemporary Monosulfidic Black Oozes, Peel-Harvey Estuary, WA. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. 104, 640-652.
(2013) E. L. Plant, R. Smernik, P. Greenwood, L. M Macdonald, J. van Leeuwen. The Organic Chemistry of Plant Residues: Comparison of NMR and Pyrolysis Data Using Multivariate Statistical Approaches. Current Organic Chemistry 17, 3006-3012.

(2012) Hong Lu, Paul Greenwood, Tengshui Chen, Jinzhong Liu, Ping’an Peng. A laboratory study of H2S productionfrom the thermal reaction of hydrocarbons with magnesium sulfate and sulfur: Implications for thermal sulfate reduction. Applied Geochemistry,27, 96-105.
(2012) Zhirong Zhang, Paul Greenwood, Qu Zhang,Dan Rao, Weijun Shi. Laser Ablation GC-MS Analysis of Oil-bearing Fluid Inclusions in Petroleum Reservoir Rocks Organic Geochemistry, 43, 20–25
(2012) P. Greenwood*, L. Berwick, J.-P. Croue. Molecular Indicators Of Wastewater Effluent Revealed by MSSV Pyrolysis GC-MS Chemosphere, 87, 504-512.

(2011) S. Dutta, M. Mallick, K.Kumar, U. Mann,P.F. Greenwood. Terpenoid Composition and Botanical Affinity of Cretaceous Resins from India and Myanmar International Journal of Coal Geology. 85, 49-55
(2011) M. Tibbett, S.J. George, A. Davie, A. Barron, N. Milton, P.F. Greenwood. Just add water and salt: the optimisation of petrogenic hydrocarbon biodegradation in soils from semi-arid Barrow Island, Western Australia. Water Air and Soil Pollution. 216, 513-525.
(2011) D.S. Lin, P.F. Greenwood, S. George, P.J. Somerfield, M. Tibbett. The development of soil organic matter in restored biodiverse Jarrah forests of South-Western Australia as determined by ASE and GCMS. Journal of European Soil Science, 18, 1070-1078
(2011) H. Lu, L. Wang, Z. Song, P. Greenwood, Q. Yin.Occurrences and distribution of series long-chain alkyl naphthalenes in Late Cretaceous sedimentary rocks in the Songliao Basin, China. Geochemical Journal, 45, 125-135.
(2011) H. Lu, P. F. Greenwood, T. Chen, J. Liu, P. Peng, The role of metal sulfatesin the thermal sulfate reduction (TSR) of hydrocarbons: insight from the yields and stable carbon isotopic profiles of gas products. Organic Geochemistry, 42, 700-706.
(2011) S. Dutta, S. Tripathi, M. Mallick, R. Mathews, P. Greenwood, M. Rao, R.Summons. Eocene out-of-India dispersal of Asiandipterocarps. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 166, 63-68.
(2011) P.F. Greenwood. Lasers used for analytical micropyrolysis GCMS. J. Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 92, 426-429.

(2010) L. Berwick, P.F. Greenwood, W.I Meredith, C. Snape, H.M. Talbot
Comparison of MSSV pyrolysis and hydropyrolysis to facilitate the thermal release of bound hydrocarbon biomarkers from extant and sedimentary organic matter. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 87, 108-116.
(2010) N.A. Lengkeek, P.F. Greenwood, B.P.T.H. Ngyuen, G.A. Koutsantonis, M.J. Piggott
Making mixtures to solve structures: Structural elucidation via combinatorial synthesis. Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 12, 141-150.
(2010) L. Berwick, P. Greenwood, R. Smernik. The use of MSSV pyrolysis to assist the molecularcharacterisation of aquatic natural organic matter. Water Research, 44, 3039-3054.
(2010) S.J. George, R.N. Kelly, P.F. Greenwood, M. Tibbett. Soil carbon and litter development along a reconstructed biodiverse forest chronosequence of South-Western Australia. Biogeochemistry. 101, 197-209.
(2010). S. Dutta, M. Mallick, U.Mann, P.F. Greenwood, R. Saxena. Chemical Composition and Palaeobotanical Origin of Miocene Resin from Konkon Coast, Western India. Journal of Earth System Science. 119, 711-716.

(2009) P.F. Greenwood, S. Wibrow,, S. J. George M. Tibbett. Hydrocarbon Biodegradation and Microbial Community Response to Repeated Oil Exposure. Organic Geochemistry 40, 293-300.
(2009) M. Mallick, S. Dutta, P. F. Greenwood, N. Bertram. Pyrolytic and Spectroscopic Studies of Eocene Resin from Vastan Lignite Mine, CambayBasin, Western India. Journal Geological Society of India,74, 16-22.
(2009) H. Lu, T. Chen, K. Grice, P. Greenwood, P. Peng, G. Sheng. Distribution and significance of novel low-molecular-weight sterenes in immature evaporitic sediments from the Jinxian Sag, North China. Organic Geochemistry,40, 902-911.
(2009) P. F. Greenwood, N.A. Lengkeek,.M.J. Piggott, K. Pierce. Structural identification of the sedimentary and aquatic occurrences of C3n highly branched alkanes and evidence for their anthropogenic origin. Organic Geochemistry,40, 1055-1062.
(2009) S. Dutta, M. Mallick, N. Bertram, P.F. Greenwood, R. P. Mathew. Terpenoid composition and class of Tertiary resins from India. International Journal of Coal Geology,80, 44-50.
(2009) New insights into the origin of perylene in geological samples. K. Grice, H. Lu, P. Atahan, C. Hallmann,E. James, P. Greenwood, E. Maslen J. Dodson. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 73, 6531–6543

S. R. Gray, C. B. Ritchie, T. Tran, B. A. Bolto, P. F. Greenwood, F. Busetti (2008), The effect of membrane type and solution chemistry on microfiltration performance. Water Research 42, 743-753.
P.F. Greenwood, S. Wibrow, S. J. George, M. Tibbett (2008). Sequential Hydrocarbon Biodegradation of an oil spiked soil from arid coastal Australia under laboratory controlled conditions. Organic Geochemistry 39, 1336-1346.
N. Aziz, P. F. Greenwood, K. Grice, J. Watling, W. van Bronswick (2008). Molecular fingerprinting of the oil base component of adhesive tapes. Journal of Forensic Science 53, 1130-1137.
K Grice, H Lu, P Atahan, C. Hallmann, M. Asif, P. F. Greenwood, S. Tulipani, E. Maslen, K. H. Williford, J. Dodson (2009). New insights into the origin of perlyene in geological samples Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73, 6531–6543.
L. Berwick, P. F. Greenwood, R. Kagi, J-P Croué (2007). The thermal release of nitro-organics from natural organic matter (NOM) by micro-scale sealed vessel (MSSV) pyrolysis. Organic Geochemistry 38, 1073-1090.
Greenwood, P.F., 2006a. GC-MS correlation of C3n series of naturally occurring highly branched alkanes and polypropylene oligomers. Organic Geochemistry, 37, 755-771.
Greenwood, P.F. Leenheer, J.A., McIntyre, C., Berwick, L, Franzmann 2006b. Detection of bacterial markers thermally released from Dissolved Organic Matter. Organic Geochemistry, 37, 597-609.
Dutta, S., Greenwood, P.F., Brocke, R., Schaefer, R.G., Mann. U., 2006c New insights into the relationship between Tasmanites and tricyclic terpenoids. Organic Geochemistry, 37, 117-127 ()
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Paul Greenwood is an environmental and organic geochemist. He studies the molecular distributions and compound specific stable isotopic values of organic matter in geological sediments, petroleum soils and water. I have quite broad organic analytical interests, including for instance forensic analysis.
Funding received
2013 Grice, Charrois, Woltering, Blythe, Bush, Sullivan, Greenwood, Murphy, Skrzypek, Trengrove LE130100145 ($150K) Three dimensional analysis of important organic components in Energy, Environmental and Earth Systems.
2012 (2012-14) Grierson, Skrzypek, Turney, Greenwood, Cook, Dogramaci, ARC Linkage-LP120100310($330K) Climate-related regime shifts in inland semi-arid ecosystems through ecohydrological proxies.
2012 Grice, Oliver, Charrois, Greenwood, Linge, Flematti, Tan, Dodson, ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE120100077 ($150K) Automated preparative gas chromatograph for isolating unique and important organic components for structural identification
2011 (2011-2014) Grice, Evans, Gale, Rasmussen, McCuaig, Greenwood, McCulloch, Brocks, Moreau, CSIRO Cluster – Minerals Downunder Flagship ($3,000K) Organic-Inorganic Interactions in Mineral Systems.
2010 Grice, Greenwood (PI’s: Summons, Snape) ARC Discovery –DP1096729 ($450K) Linking Biolipids and Pigments to Ancient Biomolecules using Innovative Laser and Hydro Pyrolysis and Compound Specific Stable Isotope Techniques
2010 Grice, Murphy, Greenwood, Heitz, Grierson, Busetti, Wacey, Gleeson, ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE100100127 ($300K) High resolution LC-MSn (Orbitrap Discovery) for analyses of functionalised biolipids, alternative petroleum reserves and organic contaminants in reclaimed water.
2009(09-12) Bush, Sullivan, Grice, Burton, Appleyard, Greenwood, Fischer.ARC Linkage - LP0991658. ($624K) Sulfidic-rich black ooze in eutrophic estuarine environments: Its formation and environmental hazard.
2008 Grice, Grierson, Greenwood, Brocks, Zhang, Heitz. ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE0882836. ($160K) A novel isotope facility to characterise high molecular weight fractions of natural organic matter.
2008 Greenwood. John De Laeter Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme ($175K) Laser micropyrolysis: molecular and stable isotopic organic analysis at the microscopic level
2007 Greenwood, Watling, Grice, Tibbett, Grierson, Kagi, van Aarssen, Heitz. (PI: Boreham) – ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE0775650. ($170K) Advanced multi-purpose analytical pyrolysis facility.
2006 Grice, Greenwood(PI’s: Summons, Franzmann)ARC Discovery - DP0662839 ($338K) New molecular and isotopic biomarker approaches to establishing source, palaeoclimate, facies and thermal history of sedimentary organic matter.
2006 Kagi, Alexander, Grice, Brocks, Ghisalberti, Trengove, Vernon, Heitz, Greenwood, Joll, Warton, Busetti. ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE0668452 ($290K) A research grade liquid chromatograph - mass spectrometer for quantitative analysis of trace organic analytes in complex matrices.
2005GreenwoodCurtin Strategic Grant ($10K) The composition of unique highly branched C3n alkanes in Cretaceous sediments (Qld) and surface and ground water of the Clare valley (SA).
2005Greenwood, Joll, Grice, Kagi, Chow, Eaglesham, Wade, Gray, Walker.CRC-WQT Project ($673K) Advanced characterisation of natural organic matter (NOM) in Australian water supplies.
2005 Grice, Dodson, Greenwood. ARC Infrastructure/Equipment LE0560734 ($110K) Accelerated solvent extractor and evaporator for molecular and stable isotope analyses of sedimentary organic matter.
2005 Kagi, Weinstein, Grice, Heitz, Joll, Greenwood, Trengove, Hinz, McKinley ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE0561166 ($194K) Facility for analysis of organic micropollutants in natural, recreational, and potable water systems.
Australian Water Association
Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry
European Association of Organic Geochemists.
Previous positions
2003-2006 CRCWQT/Curtin
2000-2003 Geoscience Australia
1992-2000 CSIRO-Petroleum
EART2235 - Introduction to Organic Geochemistry
Short course - Petroleum Geochemistry
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