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Professor Charlotte Allen
Director, Central Analytical Research Facility / Professor
Faculty of Science,
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty of Science,
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Discipline *
Geochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Geology
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Doctor of Philosophy, with a major in Geological Sciences (Virginia Tech)

Professional memberships
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I am a member of the following: Geological Society of Australia Geological Society of America Geochemical Society Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society


Geochronology, Zircon, ICPMS, Isotope Geochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Geology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Senior Research Fellow Charlotte M Allen joined the Central Analytical Facility (CARF) of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) in 2013 after 21 years in the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University.  Her academic affiliation is with EEBS (Earth Environmental and Biological Sciences). A geologist by training, Dr Allen’s expertise is U-Pb dating of minerals in order to determine the age of rocks. Currently she is the Research Fellow-Analytical overseeing laboratories/instruments/technicians associated with the chemical analyses of organic and inorganic materials, as gases, liquids and solids.  Dr Allen is currently co-supervising 2 PhD students, one at QUT, the other at ANU.

The main focus of her research is improving the accuracy and breadth of application of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Mass Spectroscopy, a process by which solids are ablated with an ultraviolet laser and the finely ablated particles are introduced to the ICP so that almost all elements of the periodic table can be quantified if an adequate standard is available.

Dr Allen is a CI on a 2013 QUT-hosted Discovery Grant entitled “Linking Craton Interiors with their Continental Margins: Resolving Tectonic Linkages Through Sediment Provenance”

She has about 80 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, 150 co-authors, and a Scopus H-index of 28.

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As a lab manager the majority of my teaching has been one-on-one, educating students and staff and visitors on how to apply ICP-MS technology to scientific problems, and then how to run the instrument to acquire those data, and finally how to interpret them.  I formally gave lectures in geology both as a post-doc, and as a lecturer at the University of Kentucky (1989-1991).

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The ICPMS can analyse a host of solid materials.  Dr Allen has performed analyses for the Queensland Police Service, New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (Fisheries) and Blue Scope Steel, to name a few.

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For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Resolving the influence of intraplate orogenesis on continental margin tectonics
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Geochronology;Tectonics;Sedimentary Basins