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Professor Ian Wright

Professor Ian Wright

Professor of Planetary Sciences

The Open University Faculty of Science Department of Physical Sciences

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Profile

I have been a member of the OU for more than two decades. As of early 2009 I have finished a 4-year term as being Head of Department for PSSRI, a group of scientists of various hues, who have come together because of their passion for exploring the natural world beyond Earth, and who wish to understand their home planet within its cosmic setting. Whilst my own path was via Earth sciences and geochemistry, my colleagues span a range of expertise in physics, chemistry, biology, geology and planetary sciences. Living and working in an environment with such a diversity of backgrounds requires a broad-brush approach to science - PSSRI is a multidisciplinary group operating in interdisciplinary space.

During my time as Head of Department (which has many constraints on time!) I was fortunate in being able to remain connected with the national and international science agendas through the efforts of those members of staff who had the latitude to engage with organisations like STFC, BNSC, ESA and NASA. Hopefully I will now have the time to develop and re-new the links for myself.

I am the Principal Investigator for the Ptolemy instrument on board the Rosetta mission, which is currently on its way to land on the surface of a comet in 2014. Ptolemy was born out of many years of experience gained through designing and building novel laboratory instruments. The next logical progression is to develop the spaceflight instruments for applications down on the ground that require the characteristics of small size, low power and portability – we are actively exploring such possibilities.

I am very keen to pursue an outreach agenda and encourage my staff to engage with the public in whatever ways they can. Apart from the obvious face-to-face activities of school visits, talks, laboratory tours, exhibitions, etc., and opportunities that present themselves within the media of television, radio and newspapers, I am currently spending more time than is good for me exploring the possibilities of using Second Life for outreach and teaching.

Qualifications

First Degree in Geological Sciences, University of Birmingham, and a subsequent PhD in instrumentation and geochemistry from the University of Cantabrigia.

Teaching Interests

There is sometimes a perception that members of a “research institute” do not engage with teaching. This is completely false. Over the years I have been involved with many OU courses including S102, S103, S104, S198, S269, S281 and S283.

My current interests in teaching center around delivery mechanisms and methods of course production. Whilst a fan of exploring all possible means of study I remain convinced that the written book is with us for the foreseeable future.

Research Interests

When asked to describe myself in a research context I may use any of the following, depending upon circumstances: “planetary scientist”, “cosmochemist”, “meteoriticist”, “isotope chemist”, or “instrument scientist”. It reflects life in a multidisciplinary environment and demonstrates how many facets there are to people who work in “space”.

At root my interests are in the origin and evolution of the Solar System, in particular, and solar systems in general. And since human beings are here to contemplate such phenomena, it is inevitable that one is also interested in the relationship of living things with the cosmos (from the hard science associated with the origin of life, to the difficulties of understanding consciousness, to the philosophical aspects of the anthropic principle).

To make headway with these lofty ideals, the day job involves laboratory analyses of extraterrestrial materials (meteorites, samples from the Moon and Mars, cosmic dust, interstellar grains) to provide insights and constraints on specific formation mechanisms. In addition, I use the vehicles of space exploration and laboratory simulation to gain new perspectives on the nature and development of planetary environments beyond Earth. My speciality is in the measurement and comprehension of the stable isotope ratios of the biogenically important elements, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur.

Current Research Projects

Gerontology of pre-solar grains, and what constraints this brings to bear on the origin of the Solar System.

Laboratory simulations to test various hypotheses regarding conditions on early Earth, with reference to the origin of life.

Deployment of detailed geochemical techniques to elucidate the development of environmental conditions on Mars.

Contemplation of the nature of cometary surfaces, prior to setting foot (metaphorically) on such a body in 2014.

Development of sensors and instruments for analytical purposes.

The use of immersive virtual realities (Second Life and, maybe one day, “My World”) for educational and outreach purposes.

Publications

Book Chapter
Morse, Andrew ; Morgan, Geraint ; Andrews, Dan ; Barber, Simeon ; Leese, Mark ; Sheridan, Simon ; Wright, Ian and Pillinger, Colin (2009). Ptolemy - a GCMS to measure the chemical and stable isotopic composition of a comet. In: Schulz, Rita and Boehnhardt, Hermann eds. Rosetta ESA's Mission to the Origin of the Solar System. Berlin/Heidleberg: Springer, pp. 669–718.
Westall, Frances; de Vries, Sjoukje T.; Nijman, Wouter; Rouchon, Virgile; Orberger, Beate; Pearson, Victoria K. ; Watson, Jonathan S. ; Verchovsky, Sasha ; Wright, Ian ; Rouzaud, Jean-Noel; Marchesini, Daniele and Severine, Anne (2006). The 3.466 Ga "Kitty's Gap Chert," an early Archean microbial ecosystem. In: Reimold, Wolf Uwe and Gibson, Roger L. eds. Processes on the Early Earth. Geological Society of America Special Paper, 405. Geological Society of America, pp. 105–131.
Grady, Monica and Wright, Ian (2003). The abundance and isotope composition of carbon and nitrogen in meteorites. In: Kallenbach, R.; Encrenaz, T.; Geiss, J.; Mauersberger, K.; Owen, T. and Robert, F. eds. Solar System History from Isotopic Signatures of Volatile Elements. Space Sciences Series of ISSI (16). Springer, pp. 231–243.
Conference Item
Wright, Ian ; Andrews, Dan ; Barber, Simeon ; Sheridan, Simon ; Morgan, Geraint and Morse, Andrew (2014). Rosetta: evaluating the possibility of using Ptolemy for pre-landing scientific investigations. In: 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17-21 March 2014, The Woodlands, TX, USA.
Melwani Daswani, M. ; Schwenzer, S. P. ; Reed, M. H.; Wright, I. P. and Grady, M. M. (2014). Carbonate precipitation driven by clay leachates on Early Mars. In: 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17-21 March 2014, The Woodlands, TX, USA (Forthcoming).
Steer, E. D. ; Schwenzer, S. P. ; Wright, I. P. and Grady, M. M. (2014). Spatial correlations between silicate and metal weathering in Antarctic chondrites. In: 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17-21 March 2014, The Woodlands, TX, USA (Forthcoming).
Morse, Andrew ; Andrews, Dan ; Barber, Simeon ; Sheridan, Simon ; Morgan, Geraint and Wright, Ian (2014). The operational plans for Ptolemy during the Rosetta mission. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014, 27 April-2 May 2014, Vienna, Austria.
Melwani Daswani, M. ; Schwenzer, S. P. ; Wright, I. P. and Grady, M. M. (2013). Low temperature near-surface thermochemical modelling of the alteration assemblage in Martian meteorite ALH84001. In: 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 18-22 March 2013, The Woodlands, TX, USA.
Melwani Daswani, M. ; Schwenzer, S. P. ; Wright, I. P. and Grady, M. M. (2013). Thermochemical modelling of the alteration assemblage in Martian Meteorite ALH84001 at low temperature (15–25 °C). In: The 3rd UK in Aurora Meeting: Advances in Mars Science, 8 February 2013, London, UK.
Steer, E. D. ; Schwenzer, S. P. ; Wright, I. P. ; Ott, U. and Grady, M. M. (2013). Antarctic alteration as an analogue for processes on Mars – the noble gas perspective. In: The 3rd UK in Aurora Meeting: Advances in Mars Science: , 8 February 2013, London, UK.
Wright, I. P. ; Andrews, D. J. ; Barber, S. J. ; Sheridan, S. and Morse, A. D. (2013). Ptolemy: preparations for scientific investigations at the surface of a comet. In: 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 18-22 March 2013, Houston, TX, USA.
Wright, I. P. ; Andrews, D. J. ; Barber, S. J. ; Sheridan, S. ; Morgan, G. H. and Morse, A. D. (2013). In situ cometary cosmochemistry. In: 76th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 29 July - 2 August 2013, Edmonton, Canada.
Melwani Daswani, M. ; Grady, M. M. ; Schwenzer, S. P. and Wright, I. P. (2013). Leachates formed carbonates in ALH84001 and on early Mars. In: European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2013, 8–13 September 2013, London, UK.
Steer, E. D. ; Schwenzer, S. P. ; Wright, I. P. ; Ott, U. and Grady, M. M. (2013). Linking alteration of noble gas inventories with secondary petrographic features in Antarctic meteorites - an analogue. In: European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2013, 8–13 September 2013, London, UK.
Andrews, D. J. ; Morse, A. D. ; Barber, S. J. ; Leese, M. R. ; Morgan, G. H. ; Sheridan, S. ; Wright, I. P. and Pillinger, C. T. (2012). Ptolemy: operations to date as part of the Rosetta mission and plans for the comet encounter. In: European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2012, 23-28 September 2012, Madrid, Spain.
Sheridan, Simon ; Bardwell, Max ; Morse, Andrew ; Zoest, Tim; Wippermann, Torben and Wright, Ian (2012). A mole deployed mass spectrometer for sub-surface volatile detection and characterisation at airless bodies. In: 9th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW9), 18 - 22 June 2012, Toulouse, France.
Morse, Andrew ; Sheridan, Simon ; Andrews, Dan ; Barber, Simeon ; Morgan, Geraint ; Wright, Ian and Pillinger, Colin (2012). Rosetta - ESA's comet lander mission. In: In-Situ Science and Instrumentation for Primitive Bodies, 30 April-3 May 2012, Keck Institute of Space Studies, Pasadena, CA, USA.
Sheridan, Simon ; Bardwell, Max ; Morse, Andrew ; Barber, Simeon ; Zoest, Tim and Wright, Ian (2012). A mole deployed mass spectrometer for in-situ sub-surface volatile characterisation. In: European Lunar Symposium, 19-20 April 2012, Berlin, Germany.
Verchovsky, A. B. ; Pearson, V. K. ; Fisenko , A. V.; Semenova, L .F.; Sephton , M. A. and Wright, I. P. (2012). Separation of Q from carbon in CR meteorites during stepped combustion. In: 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 19-23 March 2012, The Woodlands, TX, US.
Andrews, Dan ; Morse, Andrew ; Barber, Simeon ; Leese, Mark ; Morgan, Geraint ; Sheridan, Simon ; Pillinger, Colin and Wright, Ian (2012). Ptolemy: operations at 21 Lutetia as part of the Rosetta mission and future implications. In: 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 19-23 March 2012, The Woodlands, TX, US.
Verchovsky, A. B. ; Pearson, V. K. ; Fisenko, A. V.; Semjonova, L. F.; Sephton, M. A. and Wright, I. P. (2012). Separation of Q from carbon in CR meteorites during stepped combustion. In: 43d Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 21-23 March 2012, The Woodlands, TX, USA.
Morse, Andrew ; Barber, Simeon ; Dewar, Kevin ; Pillinger, Judith ; Sheridan, Simon ; Wright, Ian ; Gibson, Everett; Merifield, Jim; Howe, Chris; Waugh, Lester and Pillinger, Colin (2012). The Lunar Volatile Resources Analysis Package. In: European Lunar Symposium, 19-20 April 2012, Berlin, Germany.
Morse, A. D. ; Barber, S. J. ; Dewar, K. R. ; Pillinger, J. M. ; Sheridan, S. ; Wright, I. P. ; Gibson, E. K.; Merifield, J. A.; Howe, C. J.; Waugh, L. J. and Pillinger, C. T. (2012). Searching for lunar water: the Lunar Volatile Resources Analysis Package. In: 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 19-23 March 2012, Houston, Texas, USA.
Morse, A. D. ; Barber, S. B. ; Dewar, K. R. ; Pillinger, J. M. ; Sheridan, S. ; Wright, I. P. ; Gibson, E. K.; Merrifield, J. A.; Howe, C. J.; Waugh, L. J. and Pillinger, C. T. (2012). Lunar volatiles and their characterisation by L-VRAP (the Lunar Volatile Resources Analysis Package). In: European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2012, 23-28 September 2012, Madrid, Spain.
Andrews, D. J. ; Morse, A. D. ; Barber, S. J. ; Leese, M. R. ; Morgan, G. H. ; Sheridan, S. ; Wright, I. P. and Pillinger, C. T. (2011). Ptolemy: in situ mass spectrometry during the Rosettaflyby of 21 Lutetia, and implications for future missions. In: EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011, 2-7 October 2011, Nantes, France.
Andrews, Dan ; Morse, Andrew ; Barber, Simeon ; Leese, Mark ; Morgan, Geraint ; Sheridan, Simon ; Wright, Ian and Pillinger, Colin (2011). Ptolemy operations as part of the Rosetta mission during the targeted flyby of asteroid 21 Lutetia. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011, 3-8 April 2011, Vienna, Austria.
Morse, A. D. ; Barber, S. J. ; Pillinger, J. M. ; Sheridan, S. ; Wright, I. P. ; Gibson, E. K.; Merrifield, J. A.; Waltham, N. R.; Waugh, L.J. and Pillinger, C. T. (2011). The ESA Lunar Lander and the search for Lunar Volatiles. In: EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011, 2-7 Oct 2011, Nantes, France.
Wright, I. P. ; Barber, S. J. ; Sheridan, Simon ; Morgan, G. H. ; Andrews, D. J. ; Pillinger, C. T. and Morse, A. D. (2011). Asteroidal atmospheres: a new subject area. In: 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 8-12 August 2011, London, UK.
Morse, A. D. ; Barber, S. J. ; Pillinger, J. M. ; Sheridan, S. ; Wright, I. P. ; Gibsin, E. K.; Merrifield, J. A.; Waltham, N. R.; Waugh, L. J. and Pillinger, C. T. (2011). ESA lunar lander's search for volatiles. In: 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 8-12 August 2011, London, UK.
Andrews, Dan ; Morse, Andrew ; Barber, Simeon ; Leese, Mark ; Morgan, Geraint ; Sheridan, Simon ; Wright, Ian and Pillinger, Colin (2010). Ptolemy operations as part of the Rosetta mission up to and including the targeted flyby of asteroid 21 Lutetia. In: European Planetary Science Congress 2010, 19-24 Sep 2010, Rome.
Morse, A. ; Andrews, D. ; Barber, S. ; Bardwell, M. ; Carrasco, N.; Gilmour, I. ; Leese, M. ; Sheridan, S. ; Thissen, R.; Watson, J. and Wright, I. (2010). In situ analytical chemistry for the future exploration of Titan. In: Euro Planet Science Conference 2010, 20-24 Sep 2010, Rome, Italy.
Morris, A. K. R. ; Rush, M.; Parris, R.; Sheridan, S. ; Ringrose, T. ; Wright, I. P. and Morgan, G. H. (2010). Quantification of ethyl acetate using FAIMS. In: Analytical Research Forum 2010, 26 - 28 July 2010, Loughborough, UK.
Franchi, Ian ; Morse, Andrew ; Andrews, Dan ; Sheridan, Simon ; Barber, Simeon ; Leese, Mark ; Morgan, Geraint ; Wright, Ian and Pillinger, Colin (2010). Isotope measurements of a comet by the Ptolemy instrument on Rosetta. In: 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 18-15 July 2010, Bremen, Germany,.
Sheridan, Simon ; Morse, Andrew ; Bardwell, Max ; Barber, Simeon and Wright, Ian (2010). The application of simple mass spectrometers to planetary sub-surface sampling using penetrators. In: EGU General Assembly 2010, 2-7 May 2010, Vienna, Austria.
Andrews, Dan ; Morse, Andrew ; Wright, Ian ; Barber, Simeon ; Morgan, Geraint ; Sheridan, Simon ; Leese, Mark ; Pillinger, Colin and Zarnecki, John (2010). Ptolemy operations in anticipation of the flyby of asteroid 21 Lutetia. In: EGU General Assembly 2010, 2-7 May 2010, Vienna, Austria.
Fisenko , A. V.; Verchovsky, A. B. ; Semjonova, L .F. and Wright, I. P. (2010). Thermal release of noble gases from meteoritic nanodiamonds: are P3 noble gases likely evolved at higher temperatures? In: 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 1-5 Mar 2010, Houston, TX, US.
Tomkinson, T. ; Guillermier, C. ; Needham, A. W. ; Franchi, I. A. ; Wright, I. P. ; Hagermann, A. and Grady, M. M. (2010). A combined carbon and oxygen isotopic analysis of ALH84001 carbonates with NanoSIMS. In: 73rd Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 26-30 July 2010, New York City, NY, USA.
Grady, Monica M. ; Franchi, I. A. ; Lyon, I.; Benedix, G.; Bland, P. A.; Burgess, R.; Gilmour, I. ; Gilmour, J.; Russell, S. S. and Wright, I. P. (2010). UK CAN: UK Cosmochemical Analysis Network for the study of returned samples from space. In: European Planetary Science Congress 2010, 19-24 September 2010, Rome, Italy.
Tomkinson, Tim ; Needham, A. W. ; Johnson, D. ; Guillermier, C. ; Franchi, I. ; Hagermann, A. ; Wright, I. P. and Grady, M. M. (2010). Determining the carbon isotopic composition of ALH84001 rosettes with NanoSIMS. In: 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 1-5 March 2010, Houston, TX, USA.
Sheridan, S. ; Barber, S. ; Chela-Flores, J.; Morse, A. ; Watson, J. and Wright, I. (2009). A penetrator deployed biogeochemistry package for the Europan surface. In: European Planetary Science Congress 2009, 14-18 September 2009, Potsdam, Germany.
Morris, A. K. R. ; Parris, R.; Sheridan, S. ; Ringrose, T. ; Wright, I. P. and Morgan, G. H. (2009). Investigating TriHaloMethanes with respect to humidity. In: The 18th Annual Conference on Ion Mobility Spectrometry, 25-31 July 2009, Thun, Switzerland.
Morse, Andrew ; Andrews, Dan ; Barber, Simeon ; Leese, Mark ; Morgan, Geraint ; Pillinger, Colin ; Sheridan, Simon and Wright, Ian (2009). Isotope measurements of a comet by the Ptolemy instrument on Rosetta. In: Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting, 21-22 Apr 2009, Hatfield, UK.
Tomkinson, T. ; Needham, A. W. ; Grady, M. M. ; Hagermann, A. and Wright, I. P. (2009). Understanding the evolution of Martian carbonates from a combined modelling and synthesis study. In: The New Martian Chemistry Workshop, 27-28 July 2009, Medford, Massachusetts.
Verchovsky, A. B. ; Fisenko, A. V.; Semjonova, L. F. and Wright, I. P. (2009). Preparations and analysis of a new set of grain-size fractions of nanodiamonds from Kainsaz. In: 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 23-27 March 2009, Houston, TX, US.
Grady, M. ; Pearson, V. ; Gilmour, I. ; Gilmour, M. ; Verchovsky, S. ; Watson, J. and Wright, I. (2008). Identification (or otherwise) of martian carbon in martian meteorites. In: Ground Truth from Mars: Science Payoff from a Sample Return Mission, April 21-23, 2008, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sheridan, S. ; Barber, S. J. ; Morgan, G. H. ; Morse, A. D. and Wright, I. P. (2007). Miniaturised mass spectrometery for future space flight applications. In: 5th International Planetary Probe Workshop, 25-29 June 2007, Bordeaux, France.
Wilson, Rebecca ; Pearson, Victoria ; Morgan, Geraint ; Franchi, Ian ; Turner, D. C.; Wright, Ian and Gilmour, Iain (2007). Experimental Simulation of Volatile Organic Contributions to Planetary Atmospheres and Surfaces. In: 38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVIII), 12-16 March 2007, Houston, Texas, USA.
Grady, Monica M. ; Anand, M. ; Gilmour, M. A. ; Watson, J. S. and Wright, I. P. (2007). Alteration of the Nakhlite Lava Pile: was water on the surface, seeping down, or at depth, percolating up? Evidence (such as it is) from carbonates. In: 38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 12-16 March 2007, League City, Texas, USA.
Morris, Adam ; Franchi, Ian ; Baker, Lee ; Watson, Jonathan and Wright, Ian (2006). Determing the effects of aqueous alteration on the distribution of oxygen isotopes in carbonaceous chondrites. In: 69th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 6-11 August 2006, Zurich, Switzerland.
Andrews, Dan ; Barber, Simeon ; Morse, Andrew ; Sheridan, Simon ; Wright, Ian and Morgan, Geraint (2006). Ptolemy: An instrument aboard the Rosetta lander Philae, to unlock the secrets of the solar system. In: 37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 13-17 March 2006, Houston, Texas, USA.
Wilson, R. C. ; Pearson, V. K. ; Franchi, I. A. ; Wright, I. P. and Gilmour, I. (2006). The effect of atmospheric entry heating on micrometeorite volatile composition. In: 69th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 6-11 August 2006, Zurich, Switzerland.
Gibson Jr., E. K.; Clemett, S. J.; Thomas-Keprta, K. L.; McKay, D. S.; Wentworth, S. J.; Robert, F.; Verchovsky, A. B ; Wright, I. P. ; Pillinger, C. T. ; Rice, T. and Van Leer, B. (2006). Observation and analysis of in situ carbonaceous matter in Nakhla: part II. In: 37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 13-17 March 2006, Houston, Texas, USA.
Morris, A.A. ; Baker, L.; Franchi, I.A. and Wright, I.P. (2005). Evolved gas analysis of hydrated phases in Murchison and Orgueil. In: 36th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 14-18 March 2005, Houston, Texas, USA.
Grady, Monica M. ; Anand, M.; Bridges, J. C.; Pearson, V. K. ; Franchi, I. A. and Wright, I. P. (2005). Aqueous alteration of Nakhlites: implications for water on Mars. In: 68th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 12-16 September 2005, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Bentley, M.S.; Ball, A.J. ; Dyar, M.D.; Pieters, C.M.; Wright, I.P. and Zarnecki, J.C. (2005). Space weathering: Laboratory analyses and in-situ instrumentation. In: 36th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 14-18 March 2005, Houston, Texas, USA.
Morris, A.A. ; Baker, L.; Franchi, I.A. and Wright, I.P. (2005). Determining the effects of aqueous alteration on the distribution of oxygen isotopes in carbonaceous chondrites. In: Workshop on Oxygen in Asteroids and Meteorites, 2-3 June 2005, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.
Bridges, J. C. ; James, R. H. ; Pearson, V. K. ; Baker, L. ; Verchovsky, A. B. and Wright, I. P. (2005). Lithium and carbon isotopic fractionations between the alteration assemblages of Nakhla and Lafayette. In: 36th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 14-18 March 2005, Houston, Texas, USA.
Gibson, E. K.; Pillinger, C. T. ; Wright, I. P. ; Morgan, G. H. ; Yau, D.; Stewart, J. L. C.; Leese, M. R.; Praine, I. J.; Sheridan, S. ; Morse, A. D. ; Barber, S. J. ; Ebert, S.; Groesmann, F.; Roll, R.; Rosenbauer, H. and Sims, M. R. (2004). Beagle 2: Mission to Mars — current status. In: 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 15-19 March 2004, Houston, Texas, USA.
Verchovsky, A. B ; Fisenko, A. V.; Semjonova, L. F.; Wright, I. P. and Pillinger, C. T. (2004). Presolar diamonds in Krymka: C, N and Xe isotope data from grain-size separates and comparison with other meteorites. In: 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 15-19 March 2004, Houston, Texas, USA.
Fisenko, A. V.; Verchovsky, A. B. ; Semjonova, L. F.; Wright, I. P. and Pillinger, C. T. (2004). On the variations of the elemental composition of the P3 component in presolar diamonds. In: 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 15-19 March 2004, Houston, Texas, USA.
Gibson Jr., E. K.; Pillinger, Colin T. ; Wright, Ian P. ; Morse, Andy ; Stewart, Jenny; Morgan, G. ; Praine, Ian; Leigh, Dennis; Sims, Mark R. and Pullan, Derek (2003). Beagle 2: Seeking the signatures of life on Mars. In: Sixth International Conference on Mars, 20-23 July 2003, Passedena, California, USA.
Sheridan, Simon ; Morse, Andrew ; Barber, Simeon ; Wright, Ian and Pillinger, Colin (2003). Evita - a miniature mass spectrometer to identify and quantify volatiles evolved from mercury's regolith. In: EGS - AGU - EUG Joint Assembly, 6 - 11 April 2003, Nice, France.
Morse, A. D. ; Barber, S. J. ; Leese, M. R. ; Morgan, G. H. ; Sheridan, S. ; Wright, I. P. ; Zarnecki, J. C. and Pillinger, C. T. (2003). In-situ chemical and isotopic analysis of a comet by Ptolemy. In: EGU Joint Assembly, 6-11 April 2003, Nice, France.
Baker, L.; Franchi, I.A. ; Wright, I.P. and Pillinger, C.T. (2003). The oxygen isotopic composition of water extracted from unequilibrated ordinary chondrites. In: 34th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17-21 March 2003, Houston, Texas, USA.
Grady, Monica and Wright, Ian (2003). Carbon reservoirs on Mars: Constraints from Martian meteorites. In: 34th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17-21 March 2003, Houston, Texas, USA.
Sephton, M. A. ; Love, G. D.; Watson, J. S. ; Verchovsky, A. B. ; Wright, I. P. ; Snape, C. E. and Gilmour, I (2003). Hydropyrolysis of high molecular weight organic matter in Murchison. In: 34th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17-21 March 2003, Houston, Texas, USA.
Verchovsky, A. B. ; Wright, I. P. and Pillinger, C. T. (2003). Noble gases from the planetary nebula stage of stellar evolution implanted in meteoritic SiC grains. In: 66th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 28 July - 1 August 2003, Munster, Germany.
Fisenko, A. V.; Verchovsky, A. B. ; Semjonova, L. F.; Wright, I. P. and Pillinger, C. T. (2003). Is Xe-HL a real component? In: 34th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17-21 March 2003, Houston, Texas, USA.
Bridges, J. ; Seabrook, A. M.; Rothery, D. A. ; Pillinger, C. T. ; Sims, M. R. and Wright, I. P. (2003). Revised target co-ordinates for the Beagle 2 lander. In: 34th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 17-21 March 2003, Houston, Texas, USA.
Sephton, Mark; Love, Gordon; Watson, Jonathan ; Verchovsky, Sasha ; Wright, Ian ; Snape, Colin and Gilmour, Iain (2003). Hydropyrolysis of insoluble carbonaceous matter in the Murchison meteorite. In: 21st International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, 8-12 Sept 2003, Krakow, Poland.
Biele, J.; Ulamec, S.; Garry, J.; Sheridan, S. ; Morse, A. D. ; Barber, S. ; Wright, Ian and Tug, H. (2002). Melting probes at Lake Vostok and Europa. In: Proceedings of the First European Workshop on Exo-Astrobiology, 16 - 19 September 2002, Graz, Austria.
Verchovsky, A. B. ; Gilmour, J. D.; Holland, G.; Sephton, M. A. ; Wright, I. P. and Franchi, I. A. (2002). Search for Q: single grains Xe isotope analysis of carbonaceous residue from Yilmia. In: 33rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 11-15 March 2002, Houston, Texas, USA.
Fisenko, A. V.; Verchovsky, A. B. ; Semjonova, L. F.; Ott, U.; Wright, I. P. and Pillinger, C. T. (2002). A new isotopically normal heavy noble gas component in presolar diamonds from Boriskino revealed by grain size separation. In: 33rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 11-15 March 2002, Houston, Texas, USA.
Smith, C. L.; Franchi, Ian ; Wright, Ian ; Grady, Monica and Pillinger, Colin (2001). Ureilite Graphite: Shocking implications. In: 64th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 10-14 September 2001, Vatican City, Italy.
Grady, Monica ; Verchovsky, Sasha ; Franchi, Ian ; Wright, Ian and Pillinger, Colin (2001). Noble gases in Tagish Lake. In: 64th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 10-14 September 2001, Vatican City, Italy.
Kearsley, A.T.; Franchi, I.A. ; Graham, G.A.; Wright, I.P. and Burchell, M.J. (2001). Characterisation of extraterrestrial samples by Raman and Electron microprobes. In: 64th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 10-14 September 2001, Vatican City, Italy.
Baker, L.; Franchi, Ian ; Wright, Ian and Pillinger, Colin