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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


Beg, M., Lang, M. & Fangohr, H. (2021). Ubermag: Towards more effective micromagnetic workflows. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. DOI: 10.1109/TMAG.2021.3078896

Fernando, B., Wójcicka, N., Maguire, R., Stähler, S. C., Stott, A. E., Ceylan, S., Charalambous, C., Clinton, J., Collins, G. S., Dahmen, N., Froment, M., Golombek, M., Horleston, A., Karatekin, O., Kawamura, T., Larmat, C., Nissen-Meyer, T., Patel, M. R., Plasman, M., Posiolova, L., Rolland, L., Spiga, A., Teanby, N. A., Zenhäusern, G., Giardini, D., Lognonné, P., Banerdt, B., & Daubar, I. J. (2021). Seismic constraints from a Mars impact experiment using InSight and Perseverance. Nature Astronomy 2021, 1–6.

Hicks, S.P., Goes., S., Whittaker, A. C., Stafford, P.J. (2021). Multivariate statistical appraisal of regional susceptibility to induced seismicity: application to the Permian Basin, SW United States. Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth. DOI: 10.1029/2021JB022768

Julier, R.A., Smalley, P.C., Van der Molen, K., Roeterink, R. (2021).  Integrated Brownfield Opportunity Identification using the Efficiency Factor Approach. Society of Petroleum Engineers Paper SPE-205201-MS.

Marmiroli, B., Rigamonti, L. & Brito-Parada, P.R. (2021). Life Cycle Assessment in mineral processing – a review of the role of flotation. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. DOI:

Merry, T. A. J., I. D. Bastow, R. Kounoudis, C. S. Ogden, R. E. Bell, & L. Jones (2021). The influence of the North Anatolian Fault and a fragmenting slab architecture on upper mantle seismic anisotropy in the eastern Mediterranean. Geochemistry,  Geophysics,Geosystems, 22, e2021GC009896. doi: 10.1029/2021GC009896

Mesa, D., Cole, K., van Heerden, M.R., and Brito-Parada, P.R. Hydrodynamic characterisation of flotation impeller designs using Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT). Separation and Purification Technology, 276, 119316. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2021.119316

Muxworthy, A. R., & Baker, E. B. (2021). ThellierCoolPy: A cooling-rate correction tool for paleointensity data. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 22, e2021GC010145.

Noble, J.P.P., Bending, S.J., Sartbaeva, A., Muxworthy, A.R. & Hill, A.K. (2021).  High Temperature, Real-Time and In-Situ Magnetometry for Direct Radio-Frequency Heating of Catalytic Reactions: Measurement and Modelling. Advanced Energy Materials. DOI: 10.1002/aenm.202102515

O'Malley, C. P. B., White, N. J., Stephenson, S. N. and Roberts, G. G. (2021). Large-Scale Tectonic Forcing of the African Landscape. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.

Roberts, A.P., Zhao, X., Hu, P., Abrajevitch, A., Chen, Y.H., Harrison, R.J., Heslop, D., Jiang, Z., Li, J., Liu, Q., Muxworthy, A.R., Oda, H., O'Neill, H., Pillans, B.J. & Sato, T. (2021). Magnetic domain state and anisotropy in hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) from first-order reversal curve diagrams. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. DOI: 10.1029/2021JB023027

Selley, R.C. 2021 An Duanag Geoloaiehe Achadh Rathasair (The Ballad of the Raasay Field Geologist). In: Earth Lines: Geopoetry and Geopoetics. P. Corbett Ed. Edinburgh Geol Soc. 90-91. 

Conferences, Talks, Lectures, Seminars

Marijan Beg gave a talk entitled “Manipulation of Bloch points in helimagnetic nanostructures” at the IEEE Magnetics Society Around-the-Clock Around-the-Globe Magnetics Conference – AtC-AtG 2021.

Craig Smalley gave a talk on "Integrated Brownfield Opportunity Identification using the Efficiency Factor Approach" at the SPE EUROPEC and EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, 18-21 October 2021.

Dick Selley lectured on "The impact of geology & climate change on 2 millennia of UK viticulture", accompanied by practical workshops, at Denbies vineyard to the Geologists' Association and the Petroleum Exploration Society of GB on 11 September and 23 October, respectively.

Paulina Quintanilla, a PhD student from the Advanced Mineral Processing Research Group, gave a couple of online talks about the main findings from her PhD research:

  • “Development and validation of a dynamic flotation model for predictive control incorporating froth physics” at the Advances in digitalisation of the process industry (IChemE) conference on 20 October 
  • “Validation and implementation of a dynamic flotation model for predictive control incorporating froth physics” at the Procemin-Geomet conference on the 22 October

Paulina also gave a talk in College of Scholar's event 2021, organised by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), as part of her SCI Scholarship award. Her talk covered an overview of her PhD entitled “Dynamic physics-based flotation models for effective predictive control”, a brief introduction of her significant academic events and how SCI Scholarship has supported her research. This event took place virtually on the 25 November.

Paulina Quintanilla and Diego Mesa presented their works on Flotation ’21 Conference. For the first time, this conference has been done online with a packed 5-days agenda of presentations and panel discussions.

Paulina’s work was titled “Development and validation of a dynamic flotation model for predictive control incorporating froth physics”, and summarised part of her findings during her PhD.

Diego’s presentation was “Hydrodynamics in three-phase flotation systems – a new alginate tracer for Positron Emission Particle tracking (PEPT)”, part of an ongoing collaboration with The University of Cape Town.

On the same conference,  Pablo Brito-Parada was invited as a panelist to a discussion titled “Future research needs in flotation”, on which leading experts on the field from different universities and companies around the world debated on the different challenges for a sustainable and inclusive industry and academia.


Diego Mesa won the Glencore Technology Flotation Prize as part of the Flotation ’21 Conference Competition. The prize, consisting of a US $2,000 voucher for a stay in any hotel, was awarded for correctly calculating the throughput of ore that a particular Jameson Concentrator configuration could process.

PhD student Sara Motaghian was awarded the Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal from the Institute of Physics and the British Interplanetary Society Rising Star in Space award. Congratulations to Sara!


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Miss Cristina Saceanu
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