Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Postgraduate



john.morley18 CV




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





I am a PhD student affiliated with both the Earth Science and Engineering department and Dyson School of Engineering. Part of the Advanced Mineral Processing Group (AMPRG) I am supervised by Dr Pablo Brito-ParadaDr Chandramohan George and Dr Kathryn Hadler. I am affiliated with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment as a member of cohort 9 of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Program (DTP) at Imperial College London.

The title of my PhD is ‘Transforming mine waste into a raw material for sustainable battery production’. The project focuses on the use of pyrite (iron disulphide) processed from mine tailings as an effective anode for batteries. My research interests are within mineral processing, sustainable mining and circular economy ideals.

Education and Background

I graduated with a first class integrated master's degree in Geophysics from Imperial College London in 2022. As part of this I went on fieldtrips to the Almería province in Spain and the Apennine mountains within Italy.

I have been an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for modules titled 'Low Temperature Geochemistry' and 'Mechanics and Waves'. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, I provide aid to Bachelor students for their geophysics dissertation.

As a first aider with St John Ambulance, I have been the Unit Manager of the Imperial College London Unit. I continue to volunteer as an event first aider and take on the role of West London New Volunteers Lead for students, aiding students in their individual process to join St John Ambulance.


  • Associate with the Institue of Quarrying (IQ)
  • Student member of the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

Conferences and Presentations

Morley, J., Mesa, D., Brito-Parada, P. (2022). 'The use of the Critical Depletion Concentration to determine the effect of clays and frother type on froth stability', Copper 2022. Santiago, Chile, 13-17 November (pp: 202-212)

MinSouth Young Persons Lecture Competition (YPLC) 2022. Presentation titled 'Increasing Demand for Metals and Minerals for the Green Energy Transition - a Wicked Problem?'





Morley JD, Myers RJ, Plancherel Y, et al., 2022, A database for the stocks and flows of sand and gravel, Resources, Vol:11, ISSN:2079-9276, Pages:1-17

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