PhD projects in geochemistry and mineralogy specifically applied to: ore deposit genesis and mineral exploration, critical metals and the environmental impacts of mining; Hydrogeology and the behaviour of nutrient and heavy metals (rural and urban environments); environmental controls on material corrosion.
I contribute to the Centre for Earth Observation Science (in terms of mineral resources, petrology and environmental geochemistry) and the Centre for Aquatic Environments (in terms of hydrogeology and hydrochemistry) and am happy to supervise projects in both these areas as part of the MRes Geosciences and Mres Aquatic Environments. Specific projects at present could include:
Synthesis and characterisation of REE-bearing clays.
Breakdown of sulphide minerals in the environment.
Geology and genesis of REE and other mineral deposits.
Weathering processes in REE mineralised carbonatites.
Microbial corrosion of steel in marine environments.
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies of halogen-bearing silicates.
Unsaturated zone flow processes and groundwater chemistry.
Infiltration water quality from sustainable drainage systems.