ESE June Newsletter


Royal School of Mines

Royal School of Mines

An overview of the recent publications, events and exciting work that's been happening in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.


Conferences, Talks, Lectures, Seminars


Baker, M.J., Wilkinson, J.J., Wilkinson, C.C., Cooke, D.R. and Ireland, T. (2020) Epidote trace element chemistry as an exploration tool: a case study from the Collahuasi district, northern Chile. Economic Geology, 115, 749-770. DOI: 10.5382/econgeo.4739

Bullen, J. C., Lapinee, C., Salaün, P., Vilar, R., & Weiss, D. J. (2020). On the application of photocatalyst-sorbent composite materials for arsenic(III) remediation: Insights from kinetic adsorption modelling. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 8, 5, 104033. DOI: 10.1016/j.jece.2020.104033

Cooke, D.R., Wilkinson, J.J., Baker, M., Agnew, P., Phillips, J., Chang, Z., Chen, H.,Wilkinson, C.C., Inglis, S. and Martin, H. (2020) Using mineral chemistry to aid exploration – a case study from the Resolution porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, Arizona. Economic Geology, 115, 813-840. doi:

Mesa, D., & Brito-Parada, P. R. (2020). Bubble size distribution in aerated stirred tanks: Quantifying the effect of impeller-stator design. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, In Press. DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2020.05.029

Pacey, A., Wilkinson, J.J. and Cooke, D.R. (2020) Chlorite and epidote mineral chemistry in porphyry ore systems: A case study of the Northparkes District, NSW, Australia. Economic Geology, 115, 701-727. DOI: 10.5382/econgeo.4700

Pacey, A., Wilkinson, J.J., Boyce, A.J. and Millar, I.L. (2020) Oxygen, hydrogen and strontium isotopic constraints on the origin of propylitic alteration in porphyry deposits: insights from the Northparkes district, NSW, Australia. Economic Geology, 115, 729-748. DOI: 10.5382/econgeo.4732

Paluszny, A., Graham, C., Daniels, K., Tsaparli, V., Xenias, D., Salimzadeh, S., Whitmarsh, L., Harrington, J., Zimmerman, R.W. (2020) Caprock integrity and public perception studies of carbon storage in depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs. Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control, vol. 98, paper 103097. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2020.103057

Setiawan, N.B., Zimmerman, R.W. (2020) A unified methodology for computing the stresses around an arbitrarily-shaped hole in isotropic or anisotropic materials. Int. J. Solids Struct., vol. 199, pp. 131-143. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2020.03.022

Sommer, A.-E., Ortmann, K., Van Heerden, M., Leadbeater, T., Cole, K., Heitkam, S., Brito-Parada, P. R. & Eckert, K. (2020). Application of Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) to measure the bubble-particle interaction in a turbulent and dense flow. Minerals Engineering, 156. DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2020.106410

Suttle, M.D., Folco, L., Genge, M.J, and Russell, S.S., 2020. Flying too close to the Sun – the viability of perihelion-induced aqueous alteration on periodic comets. Icarus, Accepted.

Wang, H., & Brito-Parada, P. R. (2020). The pinch-off dynamics of bubbles coated by microparticles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 577, 337-344. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2020.05.021

Wilkinson, J.J., Baker, M.J., Cooke, D.R. and Wilkinson, C.C. (2020) Exploration targeting in porphyry Cu systems using propylitic mineral chemistry: a case study of the El Teniente deposit, Chile. Economic Geology, 115, 771-791. DOI: 10.5382/econgeo.4738

Conferences, Talks, Lectures, Seminars

On 31st of May, Lior Suchoy gave a presentation at the online seminar session of the Geological Survey of Israel, entitled "Effects of asthenospheric drag on subduction dynamics". Lior is a PhD student working on numerical models to simulate the development of subduction systems, with Saskia Goes. The full talk is available online.

Rebekah Moore attended Virtual Goldschmidt 2020, where she gave a talk on how we can use stable isotope analysis to understand cadmium dynamics in plants (with a focus on cacao). She also participated in two discussion sessions on "Plants in geochemistry: From the molecular scale to their role in critical zone biogeochemistry" and "Applications of non-traditional isotopes to environmental and human health - a 2040 perspective.


The Science behind Mining

Diego Mesa, PhD student in the Advanced Mineral Processing Research Group, gave a virtual talk for the Latin American Society of Imperial College last month.

The presentation, titled “The Science behind Mining”, served as a broad introduction to the topics of geological exploration, mining, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, with a focus on the fundamental phenomena and the different sciences involved in the mining process.


Imperial College Union’s departmental society for geology, the De La Beche Society, will be changing its name in line with the society’s values of equality and inclusivity. A town-hall style meeting took place online on Friday 19th June, to address the name change and brainstorm ideas on how the society can better promote diversity in geoscience.


Sian Evans wrote an article about her PhD research in salt tectonics and analogue modelling that was featured in this month's issue of The Geoscientist magazine for the Geological Society.

You can read Sian's article in the online version of the magazine. 


Professor Satinder Purewal, Honorary Professor of Petroleum Engineering, has been given Distinguished Member Award by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This will be presented by the president of SPE at a ceremony during SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Denver, later this year.


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Miss Cristina Saceanu
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