Dr Fred Jourdan is Associate Professor and director of the Argon-Argon (40Ar/39Ar) noble gas laboratory at Curtin University since 2007. His research focuses on the application and development of the 40Ar/39Ar chronometer to establish temporal constraints on large igneous provinces, volcanic activity, and impact craters on Earth and throughout the solar system. His expertise also includes application of isotopic and elemental geochemistry to magmatic processes.
His contributions to SSERVI include dating terrestrial and extraterrestrial impact and eruption events on Earth, Mars, the Moon and asteroids by applying the 40Ar/39Ar technique on samples directly collected in-situ (Earth, the Moon and Itokawa) and on meteorites. Fred also uses the Ar system to constraint the temperature history of a meteorite through thermochronological analysis and diffusion modeling.