Dr Elena Maters

Dr Elena Maters


I am a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow leading the INoVA project funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 746695. This research investigates geochemical controls on the ice nucleating efficiency of volcanic ash.

Research interests

My research interests broadly relate to the reactivity of volcanic ash from explosive eruptions in the Earth system. Specifically, this work utilises a range of experimental and analytical techniques to investigate the properties and processes that govern:

  • The efficiency of ash particles as ice nuclei in the eruption plume/cloud and in the ambient atmosphere
  • The capacity of ash surfaces to take up and react with trace gases (e.g., sulphur dioxide, ozone) in the eruption plume/cloud and in the ambient atmosphere
  • The role of ash emissions as a source of soluble, and potentially bioavailable, iron for the surface ocean
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  • PhD, Geochemistry, Earth and Life Institute, Universit√© catholique de Louvain
  • MSc, Environmental Science and Management, University of York
  • BSc, Biological Sciences, University of Calgary

Professional memberships

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • European Association of Geochemistry (EAG)
  • European Geophysical Union (EGU)
  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)
  • The Aerosol Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science