skip to primary navigationskip to content

Professor Tim Holland

Professor Tim Holland

Emeritus Professor

Metamorphic Petrology and Geochemistry

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 333466

Research Interests

Current research interests:

  • Structural and metamorphic evolution of young orogenic belts (Alps, Pyrenees, Cyclades)
  • Experimental petrology and mineral stability at high temperatures and pressures
  • Thermodynamics of mixing and of order-disorder in rock-forming minerals
  • Generating and maintaining a thermodynamic data base and software (THERMOCALC), together with Roger Powell (University of Melbourne, Australia) for calculating phase equilibria and forward-modelling of mineral assemblages and reactions in metamorphic rocks. Richard White has set up an excellent new resource website for THERMOCALC which can be found here.
  • Melting in crustal environments; thermodynamics of melts and prediction of melting relations

Petrological Phase Equilibrium Computations

TC figs

Examples of calculated phase diagrams using THERMOCALC (high-P pelite, & mantle lherzolite melting)

Thermodynamic modelling of solid, melt and fluid solutions (combined with generation of thermodynamic data for minerals) is being used, via the software THERMOCALC , to develop complex phase equilibrium calculations for rocks. This is a collaborative project with Roger Powell (University of Melbourne). Other areas of current research effort are in metamorphism and structural geology of high pressure terrains 

links to:  software pages

Key Publications

Recent publications can be found in the publications database here

Filed under: