High Temperature Isotope Geochemistry LaboratoryAntonio Simonetti






Corbett E, Simonetti A, Shaw P, Corcoran L, Crowley QC, Hoare B (2020). Shallow sampling by multi-shot laser ablation and its application within U-Pb zircon geochronology. Chemical Geology, 544: 119568.



Corcoran L, Simonetti A (2020). Geochronology of uraninite revisited. Minerals, Special Issue: Nuclear Forensic Applications in Geoscience and Radiochemistry, 10: 205. Supplementary Information.

Dorais C, Simonetti A, Corcoran L, Spano TL, Burns PC (2020). Happy Jack uraninite: a new reference material for high spatial resolution analysis of U-rich matrices. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, 44: 125-132. Supplementary Information.

Lewis SR, Simonetti A, Corcoran L, Simonetti SS, Dorais C, Burns PC (2020). The role of continental crust in the formation of uraninite-based ore deposits. Minerals, Special Issue: Nuclear Forensic Applications in Geoscience and Radiochemistry, 10: 136. Supplementary Information.

Corcoran L, Simonetti A, Spano TL, Lewis SR, Dorais C, Simonetti S, Burns PC (2019). Multivariate analysis based on geochemical, isotopic, and mineralogical compositions of uranium-rich samples. Minerals, Special Issue: Nuclear Forensic Applications in Geoscience and Radiochemistry, 9: 537.

Spano TL, Simonetti A, Corcoran L, Smith PA, Lewis S, Burns PC (2019). Comparative Chemical and Structural Analysis of Two Uranium Dioxide Fuel Pellets. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 518: 149-161.

Lewis SR, Simonetti A, Corcoran L, Spano TL, Chung BW, Teslich NE, Burns PC (2018). Characterization of uraninite using a FIB-SEM approach and its implications for LA-ICP-MS analyses. Journal of Radioanalytical Nuclear Chemistry, 318: 1389-1400.

Balboni E, Simonetti A, Spano TL, Cook ND, Burns PC (2017). Rare earth element fractionation in uranium ore and its U(VI) alteration. Applied Geochemistry, 87: 84-92.

Spano TL, Simonetti A, Wheeler T, Carpenter G, Freet D, Dorais C, Balboni E, Burns PC (2017). A novel nuclear forensic tool involving deposit type normalized rare earth element signatures. Terra Nova, 29: 294-305.

Spano TL, Simonetti A, Balboni E, Dorais C, Burns PC (2017). Trace element and U isotope analysis of uraninite and ore concentrate: Applications for nuclear forensic investigations. Applied Geochemistry, 84: 277-285.

Lussier AJ, Rouvimov S, Burns PC, Simonetti A (2017). Nuclear-blast induced nanotextures in quartz and zircon within Trinitite. American Mineralogist, 102: 445-460.

Koeman EC, McNamara BK, Smith FN, Simonetti A, Burns PC (2017). Developing methodologies for source attribution: Glass phase separation in Trinitite using NF3. Radiochimica Acta, 105: 417-430.

Donohue PH, Simonetti A (2016). Vesicle size distribution as a novel nuclear forensics tool. PLoS ONE. 11(9): e0163516. DOI:10.1371/journal. pone.0163516.

Balboni E, Jones N, Spano T, Simonetti A, Burns PC (2016). Chemical and Sr isotopic characterization of North American uranium ores: nuclear forensic applications. Applied Geochemistry, 74: 24-82.

Dustin MK, Koeman EC, Simonetti A, Torrano Z, Burns PC (2016). Comparative investigation between in-situ laser ablation- vs. bulk sample (solution mode)-ICP-MS analysis of Trinitite post-detonation materials. Applied Spectroscopy, 70: 1446-1455.

Koeman EC, Simonetti A, Burns PC (2015). Sourcing of copper and lead within red inclusions from Trinitite post-detonation material. Analytical Chemistry, 87: 5380-5386.

Donohue PH, Simonetti A, Koeman EC, Mana S, Burns PC (2015). Nuclear forensic applications involving high spatial resolution analysis of Trinitite cross-sections. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 306: 457-467.

Bellucci JJ, Simonetti A, Koeman EC, Wallace C, Burns PC (2014). A Detailed Geochemical Investigation of Post Nuclear Detonation Trinitite Glass at High Spatial Resolution: Delineating Anthropogenic vs. Natural Components. Chemical Geology, 365: 69-86.

Koeman EC, Simonetti A, Chen W, Burns PC (2013). Oxygen isotope composition of trinitite postdetonation materials. Analytical Chemistry, 85: 11913-11919.

Bellucci JJ, Simonetti A, Wallace C, Koeman EC, Burns PC (2013). The Pb Isotopic Composition of Trinitite Melt Glass: Evidence for the Presence of Canadian Industrial Pb in the First Atomic Weapon Test. Analytical Chemistry, 85: 7588-7593.

Simonetti A, Bellucci JJ, Wallace C, Koeman EC, Burns PC (2013). Nonproliferation and nuclear forensics: Detailed, multi-analytical investigation of trinitite post-detonation materials. 2013 Mineralogical Association of Canada Short Course Series, Volume 43: 395-416.

Wallace C, Bellucci JJ, Simonetti A, Hainley T, Koeman EC, Burns PC (2013). A multi-method approach for determination of radionuclide distribution in trinitite. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 298: 993-1003.

Bellucci JJ, Simonetti A, Wallace C, Koeman EC, Burns PC (2013). Isotopic Fingerprinting of the World’s First Nuclear Device Using Post-Detonation Materials. Analytical Chemistry, 85: 4195-4198.

Bellucci JJ, Wallace C, Koeman EC, Simonetti A, Burns PC, Kieser J, Port E, Walczak T (2013). Distribution and Behavior of Some Radionuclides Associated with the Trinity Nuclear Test. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 295: 2049-2057.

Bellucci JJ, Simonetti A (2012). Nuclear forensics: searching for nuclear device debris in trinitite-hosted inclusions. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 293: 313-319.



Kuebler C, Simonetti A, Chen W, Simonetti SS (in press). Boron isotopic investigation of the Bayan Obo carbonatite complex: Insights into the source of mantle carbon and hydrothermal alteration. Chemical Geology.

Çimen O, Corcoran L, Kuebler C, Simonetti S, Simonetti A (2020). Geochemical, stable (O, C and B) and radiogenic (Sr, Nd, Pb) isotopic data from the Eskişehir-Kızılcaören (NW-Anatolia) and the Malatya-Kuluncak (E-central Anatolia) F-REE-Th deposits, Turkey: Implications for nature of carbonate-hosted mineralization. Turkey Journal of Earth Sciences, 29: 798-814.

Ying Y-C, Chen W, Simonetti A, Jiang S-Y, Zhao K-D (2020). Significance of hydrothermal reworking for REE mineralization associated with carbonatite: Constraints from in situ trace element and C-Sr isotope study of calcite and apatite from the Miaoya carbonatite complex (China). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 280: 340-359.

Chen W, Liu H-Y, Lu J, Jiang S-Y, Simonetti A, Xu C, Zhang W (2020). The formation of the ore-bearing dolomite from the giant Bayan Obo REE-Nb-Fe deposit, Inner Mongolia: Insights from micron-scale geochemical data. Mineralium Deposita, 55:131–146.

Çimen O, Kuebler C, Simonetti SS, Corcoran L, Mitchell R, Simonetti A (2019). Combined Boron, Radiogenic (Nd, Pb, Sr), Stable (C, O) Isotopic and Geochemical Investigations of Carbonatites From the Blue River Region, British Columbia (Canada): Implications for Mantle Sources and Recycling of Crustal Carbon. Chemical Geology, 529: 119240.

Çimen O, Kuebler C, Monaco B, Simonetti SS, Corcoran L, Chen W, Simonetti A (2018). Boron, carbon, oxygen and radiogenic isotope investigation of carbonatite from the Miaoya complex, central China: Evidences for late-stage REE hydrothermal event and mantle source heterogeneity. Lithos, 322: 225-237.

Potter NJ, Kamenetsky VS, Simonetti A, Goemann K (2017). Different types of liquid immiscibility in carbonatite magmas: a case study of the Oldoinyo Lengai 1993 lava and melt inclusions. Chemical Geology, 455: 376-384.

Smart KA, Tappe S, Simonetti A, Simonetti SS, Woodland A, Harris C (2017). Tectonic significance and redox state of Paleoproterozoic eclogite and pyroxenite components in the Slave cratonic mantle lithosphere, Voyageur kimberlite, Arctic Canada. Chemical Geology, 455: 98-119.

Hulett SRW, Simonetti A, Rasbury ET, Hemming NG (2016). Recycling of subducted crustal components into carbonatite melts revealed by boron isotopes. Nature Geoscience, 9: 904-908.

Chen W, Zhang W, Simonetti A, Jiang SY (2016). Mineral chemistry of melanite from calcitic ijolite, the Oka carbonatite complex, Canada: Implications for multi-pulse magma mixing. Journal of Earth Science, 27: 599-610.

Vilalva FCJ, Vlach SRF, Simonetti A (2016). Chemical and O-isotope compositions of amphiboles and clinopyroxenes from A-type granites of the papanduva pluton, South Brazil: insights into late- to post-magmatic evolution of peralkaline systems. Chemical Geology, 420: 186-199.

Hui H, Peslier AH, Rudnick RL, Simonetti A, Neal CR (2015). Plume-cratonic lithosphere interaction recorded by water and other trace elements in peridotite xenoliths from the Labait volcano, Tanzania. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16: DOI:10.1002/2015GC005779.

Chen W, Simonetti A (2015). Isotopic (Pb, Sr, Nd, C, O) evidence for plume-related sampling of an ancient, depleted mantle reservoir. Lithos, 216-217: 81-92.

Chen W, Simonetti A (2014). Evidence for the multi-stage petrogenetic history of the Oka carbonatite complex (Quebec, Canada) as recorded by perovskite and apatite. Minerals, 4: 437-476.

Pirajno F, González-Álvarez I, Chen W, Simonetti A, leGrass M (2014). The Gifford Creek Ferrocarbonatite Complex, Gascoyne Province, Western Australia: Associated fenitic alteration and a putative link with the ~1075 Ma Warakurna LIP. Lithos, 202-203: 100-119.

Smart KA, Chacko T, Simonetti A, Sharp ZD, Heaman LM (2014). A record of Paleoproterozoic subduction preserved in the northern Slave cratonic mantle: Sr-Pb-O isotope and trace-element investigations of eclogite xenoliths from the Jericho and Muskox kimberlites. Journal of Petrology, 55: 549-583.

Chen W, Simonetti A, Burns PC (2013). A combined geochemical and geochronological investigation of niocalite from the Oka carbonatite complex, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist, 51: 785-800.

Chen W, Kamenetsky VS, Simonetti A (2013). Evidence for the alkaline nature of parental carbonatite melts at Oka complex in Canada. Nature Communications, 4:2687 doi: 10.1038/ncomms3687.

Vilalva FCJ, Vlach SRF, Simonetti A (2013). Nacarebiosite-(Ce) and Britholite-(Ce) in peralkaline granites from the Morro Redondo Complex, Graciosa Province, Southern Brazil: Occurrence and compositional data. Canadian Mineralogist, 51: 313-332.

Chen W, Simonetti A (2013). In-situ determination of major and trace elements in calcite and apatite, and U-Pb ages of apatite from the Oka carbonatite complex: insights into a complex crystallization history. Chemical Geology, 353: 151-172.

Bell K, Simonetti A (2010). Source of parental melts to carbonatites – critical isotopic constraints. Mineralogy and Petrology (Special issue on Flood Basaltic Magmatism and Associated Alkaline Complexes - dedicated to Keith Bell. Edited by LG Gwalani, KM Moore, A Simonetti). Mineralogy and Petrology, 98: 77-89.



Schrader SA, Buzon MR, Corcoran L, Simonetti A (2019). Intraregional 87Sr/86Sr variation in Nubia: New insights from the Third Cataract. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 24: 373-379.

Schurr MR, Donohue PH, Simonetti A, Dawson E (2018). Multi-Element and Lead Isotope Characterization of Early Nineteenth Century Pottery Sherds from Native American and Euro-American Sites. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 20: 390-399.

Buzon MR, Smith S, Simonetti A (2016). Entanglement and the Formation of Ancient Nubian Napatan State. American Anthropologist, 118: 284-300.

Buzon MR, Simonetti A (2013). Strontium isotope (87Sr/86Sr) variability in the Nile Valley: Identifying residential mobility during ancient Egyptian and Nubian sociopolitical changes in the New Kingdom and Napatan periods. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 151: 1-9.

Pestle WJ, Simonetti A, Curet LA (2013). 87Sr/86Sr variability in Puerto Rico: Geological complexity and the study of paleomobility. Journal of Archaeological Sciences, 40: 2561-2569.

Buzon MR, Conlee CA, Simonetti A, Bowen GJ (2012). The Consequences of Wari Contact in the Nasca region during the Middle Horizon: Archaeological, skeletal, and isotopic evidence. Journal of Archaeological Sciences, 39: 2627-2636.

Simonetti A, Buzon MR, Creaser RA (2008). In-situ elemental and Sr isotope investigation of human tooth enamel by laser ablation-(MC)-ICP-MS: Successes and pitfalls. Archaeometry, 50:371-385.

Buzon MR, Simonetti A, Creaser RA (2007). Migration in the Nile Valley during the New Kingdom Period: A preliminary strontium isotope analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34: 1391-1401.



Vilalva FCJ, Simonetti A, Vlach SRF (2019). Insights on the origin of the Graciosa A-type granites and syenites (Southern Brazil) from zircon U-Pb geochronology, chemistry, and Hf and O isotope compositions. Lithos, 340-341: 20-33.

Heilbron M, Olivera C, Lobato M, Valerian de Morisson C, Dussin I, Dantas E, Simonetti A, Bruno H, Corrales F, Socoloff E (2019). The Barreiro suite in the central Ribeira Belt (SE-Brazil): A late Tonian tholeiitic intraplate magmatic event in the distal passive margin of the São Francisco Paleocontinent. Brazilian Journal of Geology, 49(2): e20180129.

Çimen O, Göncüoğlu MC, Simonetti A, Sayıt K (2018). New zircon U-Pb LA-ICP-MS ages and Hf isotope data from the Central Pontides: Geological and Geodynamic constraints. Journal of Geodynamics, 116: 23-36.

Çimen O, Göncüoğlu MC, Simonetti A, Sayıt K (2017). Whole rock geochemistry, Zircon U-Pb and Hf isotope systematics of the Çangaldağ Pluton: Evidences for Middle Jurassic Continental Arc Magmatism in the Central Pontides, Turkey. Lithos, 290-291: 136-158.

Peixoto C, Heilbron M, Ragatkya D, Armstrong R, Dantas E, Valeriano C, Simonetti A (2017). Tectonic evolution of the juvenile Tonian Serra Da Prata magmatic arc in the Ribeira Belt, SE Brazil: Implications for early west Gondwana amalgamation. Precambrian Research, 302: 221-254.



Machado N and Simonetti A (2001, invited). U-Pb dating and Hf isotopic composition of zircon by laser ablation-MC-ICP-MS. In Laser Ablation-ICPMS in the Earth Sciences - Mineralogical Association of Canada Short Course Volume 29, 121-146.

Simonetti A, Heaman LM and Chacko T (2008, invited). Use of discrete-dynode secondary electron multipliers with Faradays – A 'reduced volume' approach for in-situ U-Pb dating of accessory minerals within petrographic thin section by LA-MC-ICP-MS (edited by P. Sylvester). 2008 V.M. Goldschmidt Laser Ablation Short Course Volume 40, 241-264.



Eccles DR, Payne JG, Simonetti A and Hood CTS (2006). Petrography and geochronology of crustal xenoliths from northern Alberta. Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, EUB/AGS Geo-note 2006-01, 18 p.

Eccles DR and Simonetti A (2008). A study of peridotitic garnet xenocryst compositions from selected ultramafic bodies in the northern Alberta kimberlite province: implications for mantle stratigraphy and garnet classification. Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, EUB/AGS Earth Science Report No. 2008-01, 40 p.

Moroskat M, Erdmer P, Simonetti A, and Jackson VA (2007). In-situ LA-MC-ICP-MS study of 'Mattberry' granite, Mattberry Lake, southern Wopmay Orogen, NWT. NWT Geoscience Office, NWT Open Report 2007-003, 13 p.