New Topics Meeting 1, 2020


Diffusion in Minerals, Rocks and Melts: Potential and Pitfalls

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NEW DATES    26 AND 27 November 2020     (virtual)

This meeting, intended to be the first of a new series, will review recent work in diffusion modelling and its application to a range of geological problems. How good (or not) can models be? What are the limits of what can be stated from our models? What are the pitfalls? It is intended to appeal to those interested in applying diffusion modelling to problems of rates, timing and thermal history in a wide range of mineralogical contexts.

The meeting will be led by a series of invited speakers who will address the fundamentals of diffusion theory and its application to modelling geological processes, and provide examples of state-of-the-art research on diffusions in various contexts.


  • Sumit Chakraborty: An Introduction to Diffusion and Diffusion Modelling
  • Daniel Morgan: Simple diffusion chronometry in igneous systems – methods, results and limitations
  • Chiara Petrone: Elemental diffusion chronostratigraphy: a non-isothermal approach to magma chamber dynamics
  • John Maclennan/Euan Mutch: Timescales of Magmatic Processes
  • Katharine Marquhardt: Grain boundary diffusion: bicrystal studies
  • Thomas Mueller: Getting the t into the P-T-t path – deciphering timescales of tectono-metamorphic processes using diffusion chronometry
  • Clare Warren: Diffusion and thermochronology: Theory and geological reality
  • Roy Wogelius: Reaction kinetics and diffusive transport in low permeability geological systems

Advance registration, while free of charge, is required. Register here

Short Course
The  proposed short course to accompany this meeting has been cancelled.

The meeting is supported by:

The Applied Mineralogy Group

The Metamorphic Studies Group

The Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group