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Professor Dave Wray

Professor David Wray BSc, PhD, FGS, FRSC

Professor Dave Wray

Professor David S Wray
BSc, PhD, FGS, FRSC

Deputy Faculty Director – Research & Enterprise (Science)

Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Engineering & Science

Professor Dave Wray is the Director of Research and Enterprise within the School of Science; he is also a Professor in Applied Analytical Chemistry. He is the founder and Technical Manager of the ISO 17025 accredited Analytical Services Laboratory housed within the School. He specialises in inorganic elemental, isotopic and mineral analysis by ICP- and X-ray-based techniques for the purpose of solving geochemical, forensic and environmental challenges.

Much of his published work focuses on the use of elemental and mineral data in recent and geological successions to better understand palaeoenvironments and anthropogenic pollution. His laboratory supplies chemical and mineralogical data to the petroleum industry to facilitate sub-surface correlation in petroleum reservoirs and source rocks.

Since the year 2000 his team has delivered results from over 120,000 samples to a range of clients based in Europe, the USA and Australia; this equates to about 5 million individual pieces of data. In 2007 he was awarded the University of Greenwich Research and Enterprise award in recognition of his work; he has also been awarded the Richardson Award by the Geologists' Association in recognition of the best paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Geologists' Association in 2006.

Professor Wray attained a BSc Hons Geology degree at the University of Sheffield before moving to the City of London Polytechnic to undertake a PhD. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Applied Geochemistry at the University of Greenwich and subsequently become a Reader in Applied Analytical Chemistry. He currently holds the post of Director of Research and Enterprise (Enterprise) within the School and is a member of the School Management Team.

Professor Wray is a member of the School Senior Management Team; he represents the School at the University Research and Enterprise Committee, and he chairs the School Research and Enterprise Committee and is a member of the School Research Degree Committee.

He is Course Leader for Volcanic Processes and Environmental Systems, Earth System Science, and Environmental Analysis; contributor to Forensic Geoscience, Science and the Environment, Readings in Geography and Environmental Science and Instrumental Analysis.

He is currently supervising 2 PhD students and has successfully supervised 7 others:

  • E. L. Weavers: 2009; PhD. Faunal, sedimentological and geochemical indicators of dysoxia in Cretaceous marine sediments
  • D. Chatter-Singh: 2008; PhD. The environmental impact of heavy metals on the Kentish River Stour
  • E. DeVos: 2008; PhD. Use of precious metals as pollution indicators in East Kent
  • S. Johnson: 2006; PhD. Mercury in the sediments and biota of the Medway Estuary
  • J. L. Wood: 2001; PhD. Evolution of the Sorbas Basin (S. E. Spain) during the Messinian
  • K. Spencer: 1999; PhD. The environmental geochemistry of the Medway Estuary, Kent
  • K. A. Baggley: 1998; PhD. The micropalaeontology of Messinian sediments of the Sorbas Basin, S. E. Spain.
  • Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRCS)
  • Treasurer of the Clay Minerals Group of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and has previously acted as Secretary
  • Member of the Mineralogical Society Awards Committee

Current research

  • Analytical chemistry with particular reference to the application and development of ICP and X-ray techniques
  • Sedimentary geochemistry, stratigraphy and basin evolution with particular reference to chemostratigraphy, vulcanicity and the application of geochemistry and mineralogy to stratigraphic problems
  • Heavy minerals and provenance studies, especially the application of U-Pb isotope age dating of sedimentary zircon crystals by LA-ICP-MS
  • Environmental chemistry with particular reference to metal contaminants in pharmaceutical and food products, mining activities and the urban environment.

Researcher ID profile

Consultancy

Funded research projects

  • Analytical Services Laboratory. This raises ca. £250,000–£500,000 p.a. through commercial funding from external clients, principally the oil industry, forensic and environmental consultants. Where appropriate, this work also results in scientific publications within refereed journals. The total revenue for this activity is in excess of £3million. The Unit is accredited to ISO 17025 by UKAS.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) 2012-2014. Analytical and interpretative protocols for heavy mineral spectroscopy to establish an automated provenance service for petroleum reservoir correlation and mapping. £100,000.
  • Contribution to PhD studentship from Chemostrat Ltd 2012-2015. £25,000.
  • Contribution to PhD studentship from Chevron 2013-2015 $45,000.
  • EU Life grant £227,000 'Cliffe Marshes conservation park' (Consortium bid lead by Medway Council, total bid value £860,000; monies eventually returned to the EU due to legal issues relating to land ownership).
  • EU Interreg grant: £228,000 'Pilot study of technology transfer in water purification'. (With P Carey, Greenwich and L Boyle, U. Kent).

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, , and () . Maternal and Child Nutrition. Wiley. ISSN 1740-8695 ISSN 1740-8695

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, , , and () . European Journal of Nutrition. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 1345-1352. ISSN 1436-6207 ISSN 1436-6207

, and () . Acta Geologica Polonica. De Gruyter Open. pp. 345-366.

, , , , , , , , , , , and () . Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Elsevier. pp. 180-190. ISSN 0031-0182 ISSN 0031-0182

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, and () . Cretaceous Research. Elsevier. pp. 28-43. ISSN 0195-6671 ISSN 0195-6671

, , , and () . Food Chemistry. Elsevier Ltd.. pp. 2796-2801. ISSN 0308-8146 ISSN 0308-8146

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, , , , and () . Food Chemistry. Elsevier Ltd.. pp. 123-128. ISSN 0308-8146 ISSN 0308-8146

, , , and () . Journal of Sedimentary Research. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology). pp. 1032-1045. ISSN 1527-1404 ISSN 1527-1404

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Browse our research at GALA

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, , , , , , , , and () . SEPM Special Publication. In: New advances in Devonian carbonates: outcrop analogues, reservoirs and chronostratigraphy. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology). pp. 319-331. ISBN 978-1565763449

, , , , and () . In: Deposits, Architecture, and Controls of Carbonate Margin, Slope and Basinal Settings. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Tulsa, OK, USA. pp. 142-156. ISBN 9781565763234

, , and () . In: Application of Modern Stratigraphic Techniques: Theory and Case Histories. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Tulsa, USA. pp. 93-107. ISBN 978-1-56576-199-5

, , , and () . In: Application of Modern Stratigraphic Techniques: Theory and Case Histories. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology). pp. 221-238. ISBN 978-1-56576-199-5

, , and () . In: Application of Modern Stratigraphic Techniques: Theory and Case Histories. Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)), Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. pp. 109-127. ISBN 978-1-56576-199-5

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, , , and () . In: ACEME 2013. ACEME 2013. pp. 381-390.

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