Paul Greenwood

Dr, BSc (Melb), PhD (NSW), DipEd (UWA)

  • The University of Western Australia (M004), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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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. He received his PhD from UNSW (1993), where he studied coal characterisation and the generation of fullerenes from coal using laser mass spectrometry. Following research positions at CSIRO-Petroleum (sydney, Pennsylvania State University (USA), Warwick University (UK); Geoscience Australia (Canberra) and Curtin University (Perth), Paul joined UWA in 2006 as an academic research scientist held through to 2018, and has since continued to support various research and teaching activities in the School of Earth Sciences through a UWA adjunct.   

Roles and responsibilities

Paul Greenwood is an analytical organic chemist with broad application interests in petroleum and environmental organic geochemistry and the forensic sciences.  He studies the molecular distributions and compound specific stable isotopic values of organic matter in geological sediments, petroleum, soils and water. He is an Associate Editor (2017-present) of the Elsevier journal Organic Geochemistry. At UWA he continues to champion compound specific sulfur isotope analysis, having previously established the worlds second facility dedicated to this novel analysis.  He also teaches the organic geochemistry module in GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems.     

Funding overview

2016   Greenwood. Research Institute of Petroleum and Exploration Development (RIPED China) ($700K) Laser Ablation and Injection Device. 

2015  Greenwood. China National Scientific Instruments and Materials Corporation ($660K) Signle Inclusion dating System - Laser Ablation and Injection Device. 

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 (1992-PennState; 1993-Warwick))

Teaching overview

GEOS4412 - Petroleum Systems (2012-Present)
EART2235 - Introduction to Organic Geochemistry (2006-2010)
Short course - Petroleum Geochemistry - External Clients (various years)


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Biogeochemistry


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