Paul Greenwood

Dr, BSc Melb., PhD N.S.W.

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G14, Botany and Biology Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 2198 Citations
  • 26 h-Index
1989 …2019
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Personal profile


Paul Greenwood is an environmental and organic geochemist. He studies the molecular distributions and compound specific stable isotopic values of organic matter in geological sediments, soils and water. Paul has been at UWA since 2006, and commenced affiliation with CET in 2011 through the CSIRO Flagship Cluster Organic-Inorganic Interactions in Mineral Systems. In one perspective this represents a back-to-the-future experience for Paul as he enjoyed 8 years employment with CSIRO-Petroleum through the 90’s. An initial CSIRO fellowship supported separate postdoctoral stints at Pennsylvania State University (USA) and Warwick University (UK). Paul has also held research positions at Geoscience Australia and Curtin University. He received his PhD from UNSW (1993), where he studied coal characterisation and the generation of fullerenes from coal using laser mass spectrometry.

Roles and responsibilities

Paul Greenwood is an environmental and organic geochemist. He studies the molecular distributions and compound specific stable isotopic values of organic matter in geological sediments, petroleum soils and water. I have quite broad organic analytical interests, including for instance forensic analysis.

Funding overview

2013 Grice, Charrois, Woltering, Blythe, Bush, Sullivan, Greenwood, Murphy, Skrzypek, Trengrove LE130100145 ($150K) Three dimensional analysis of important organic components in Energy, Environmental and Earth Systems.
2012 (2012-14) Grierson, Skrzypek, Turney, Greenwood, Cook, Dogramaci, ARC Linkage-LP120100310($330K) Climate-related regime shifts in inland semi-arid ecosystems through ecohydrological proxies.
2012 Grice, Oliver, Charrois, Greenwood, Linge, Flematti, Tan, Dodson, ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE120100077 ($150K) Automated preparative gas chromatograph for isolating unique and important organic components for structural identification
2011 (2011-2014) Grice, Evans, Gale, Rasmussen, McCuaig, Greenwood, McCulloch, Brocks, Moreau, CSIRO Cluster – Minerals Downunder Flagship ($3,000K) Organic-Inorganic Interactions in Mineral Systems.
2010 Grice, Greenwood (PI’s: Summons, Snape) ARC Discovery –DP1096729 ($450K) Linking Biolipids and Pigments to Ancient Biomolecules using Innovative Laser and Hydro Pyrolysis and Compound Specific Stable Isotope Techniques
2010 Grice, Murphy, Greenwood, Heitz, Grierson, Busetti, Wacey, Gleeson, ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE100100127 ($300K) High resolution LC-MSn (Orbitrap Discovery) for analyses of functionalised biolipids, alternative petroleum reserves and organic contaminants in reclaimed water.
2009(09-12) Bush, Sullivan, Grice, Burton, Appleyard, Greenwood, Fischer.ARC Linkage - LP0991658. ($624K) Sulfidic-rich black ooze in eutrophic estuarine environments: Its formation and environmental hazard.
2008 Grice, Grierson, Greenwood, Brocks, Zhang, Heitz. ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE0882836. ($160K) A novel isotope facility to characterise high molecular weight fractions of natural organic matter.
2008 Greenwood. John De Laeter Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme ($175K) Laser micropyrolysis: molecular and stable isotopic organic analysis at the microscopic level
2007 Greenwood, Watling, Grice, Tibbett, Grierson, Kagi, van Aarssen, Heitz. (PI: Boreham) – ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE0775650. ($170K) Advanced multi-purpose analytical pyrolysis facility.
2006 Grice, Greenwood(PI’s: Summons, Franzmann)ARC Discovery - DP0662839 ($338K) New molecular and isotopic biomarker approaches to establishing source, palaeoclimate, facies and thermal history of sedimentary organic matter.
2006 Kagi, Alexander, Grice, Brocks, Ghisalberti, Trengove, Vernon, Heitz, Greenwood, Joll, Warton, Busetti. ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE0668452 ($290K) A research grade liquid chromatograph - mass spectrometer for quantitative analysis of trace organic analytes in complex matrices.
2005GreenwoodCurtin Strategic Grant ($10K) The composition of unique highly branched C3n alkanes in Cretaceous sediments (Qld) and surface and ground water of the Clare valley (SA).
2005Greenwood, Joll, Grice, Kagi, Chow, Eaglesham, Wade, Gray, Walker.CRC-WQT Project ($673K) Advanced characterisation of natural organic matter (NOM) in Australian water supplies.
2005 Grice, Dodson, Greenwood. ARC Infrastructure/Equipment LE0560734 ($110K) Accelerated solvent extractor and evaporator for molecular and stable isotope analyses of sedimentary organic matter.
2005 Kagi, Weinstein, Grice, Heitz, Joll, Greenwood, Trengove, Hinz, McKinley ARC Infrastructure/Equipment - LE0561166 ($194K) Facility for analysis of organic micropollutants in natural, recreational, and potable water systems.

Previous positions

2003-2006 CRCWQT/Curtin
2000-2003 Geoscience Australia
1992-2000 CSIRO-Petroleum

Teaching overview

EART2235 - Introduction to Organic Geochemistry
Short course - Petroleum Geochemistry


Most research interests relate to the development and use of organic analytical methods for characterisation studies of naturally occurring organics e.g. sedimentary OM, petroleum, soil OM, and DOC. I have quite broad organic analytical interests, including for instance forensic analysis


  • Biogeochemistry

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Hydrocarbons Chemical Compounds
biomarker Earth & Environmental Sciences
Pyrolysis Chemical Compounds
Biological materials Chemical Compounds
pyrolysis Earth & Environmental Sciences
Alkanes Chemical Compounds
hydrocarbon Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sediments Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1989 2019

Characteristics and significance of compound specific sulfur isotope in typical saline lacustrine oils from Bohai Bay basin

Ke, C., Li, S., Greenwood, P., He, N., Li, Y., Jinzhu, Y. & Shi, W., 1 Jan 2019, 29th International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, IMOG 2019. European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE, (29th International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, IMOG 2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

The paleolimnologist's guide to compound-specific stable isotope analysis - An introduction to principles and applications of CSIA for Quaternary lake sediments

Holtvoeth, J., Whiteside, J. H., Engels, S., Freitas, F. S., Grice, K., Greenwood, P., Johnson, S., Kendall, I., Lengger, S. K., Luecke, A., Mayr, C., Naafs, B. D. A., Rohrssen, M. & Sepulveda, J., 1 Mar 2019, In : Quaternary Science Reviews. 207, p. 101-133 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)
oxygen compounds
cyclotron resonance
nitrogen compounds
negative ions
Fourier transform

High abundance of alkylated diamondoids, thiadiamondoids and thioaromatics in recently discovered sulfur-rich LS2 condensate in the Tarim Basin

Zhu, G., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Z., He, N., Grice, K., Neng, Y. & Greenwood, P., Sep 2018, In : Organic Geochemistry. 123, p. 136-143

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Projects 2006 2015