Kenny Horkley

Core Facility Research Specialist

I joined The University of Iowa in 2016 and have been running and managing a variety of analytical instruments since 2007. I currently manage the electron microprobe (EPMA), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-Ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) at the Materials, Analysis, Testing and Fabrication (MATFab) Facility, housed in the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory (IATL) building at The University of Iowa. My primary responsibilities include development of new, tailored analytical techniques for the instruments I manage, instrument upkeep and calibration and working with users to help them become trained analysts.  


My background and training are in geoscience, specifically metamorphic and igneous petrology and analytical geochemistry and geochronology. I have also worked in collaboration with researchers in materials science and engineering, chemistry and forensics.