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Daeareg Economaidd

Our group applies fundamental geological knowledge and research to develop new tools to tackle major problems in the exploration and development of mineral and hydrocarbon resources.

Our areas of interest include:

  • exploration, mining and processing of metals such as the Platinum-Group Elements (PGE), rare earth elements, selenium, tellurium, cobalt and lithium that are essential for renewable power generation and storage
  • geochemical and structural geology exploration methods, including prospectivity analysis, for precious metal, base metal, rare metal and gemstone deposits
  • magmatic, tectonic and hydrothermal processes that have led to the formation of ore deposits in different geodynamic environments and throughout Earth history
  • mass wasting, fault mechanics and salt tectonics and their relationship to flow and trapping of oil and gas in sedimentary basins
  • environmental impacts of hydrocarbon exploration and production, CO2 capture, oil spill modelling and mitigation
  • application of 3D seismic technology to the analysis of depositional and deformational processes, primarily based on a large archive of data donated through collaboration with the petroleum industry and governments.

Funding

McDonald, I. (PI) TeaSe (Tellurium and Selenium Cycling and Supply). NERC Security of Supply of Minerals Programme. NE/M011615/1, £446,868

McDonald, I. (PI) and Lissenberg, J. (Co-I) FAMOS (From Arc Magma to Ore System). NERC Research Highlight Topic award. NE/P017312/1, £187,538

McDonald, I. (PI) The Platreef magma event at the world-class Turfspruit PGE deposit: Implications for mineralization processes and Bushveld Complex stratigraphy. PhD studentship award, Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, £68,409

McDonald, I. (PI) Isotope record of the Great Oxidation Event recorded in South Africa and implications for contamination and mineralisation in the Bushveld Complex. NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Support award IP‐1677‐1116, £22,030

McDonald, I. (PI) Link between magmatism and the volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) hydrothermal system; evidence from the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus. NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Support award IP-1766-1117, £28,000

Alves, T. (Co-PI) PETROBRAS Santos Basin, focused on the study of structural features in pre-salt reservoirs in SE Brazil, £97,000

Alves, T. (PI) RAFTs Consortium (Total plus 5 other companies) – Raft and pre-salt geology offshore West Africa, £301,781

Alves, T. (PI) HUSKY-Paleostructural indicators of North Atlantic rifting, in which seismic and outcrop data were reviewed for this same purpose, £53,324

Alves, T. (PI) NEREIDs project (European Commission) for the study and modelling of oil spills in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, £46,000 (www.nereids.eu)

Alves, T. (PI) HUSKY-Newfoundland Basins, comprising the analysis of the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of outer shelf-upper slope basins offshore the Grand Banks, £74,500

Alves, T. (PI) PETROBRAS Equatorial Margins, focused on the study of the Pará-Maranhão Basin offshore North Brazil, £25,000

Maier, W. (PI) Geochronology of Monchepluton. NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities Support award IP-1644-0516, £76,000

Alves, T. (PI) Husky – North Atlantic Evolution, reviewing the evolution of breakup sequences in the Mesozoic North Atlantic Ocean, £397,500

Alves, T. (PI) ERASMUS+ Sea4All project, in which education software is being developed to educate school children on how to tackle marine pollution, £43,680

Blenkinsop, T.G. (PI) Formation of the world class copper deposit at Mount Isa, Australia MOUNT ISA MINES, NERC PhD CASE award, £71,878

Blenkinsop T. G. (PI) Mapping and prospectivity analysis of the Tommy Creek Block, Mount Isa, and short courses. MOUNT ISA MINES, £23,000

Blenkinsop T. G. (PI) Prospectivity analysis of the Eastern Fold Belt, Mount Isa. NEWMONT ASIA PACIFIC, £11,000

Blenkinsop T. G. (PI) Prospectivity analysis of Geita gold mine tenements, Tanzania. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI Ltd, £4,000

Blenkinsop T. G. (PI) Structural Geology of Ngezi Platinum Mine. ZIMPLATS, £9,700

Selected publications

Group Leader

Dr Iain McDonald

Senior Lecturer

Email:
mcdonaldi1@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4295

Academic staff

Dr Iain McDonald

Senior Lecturer

Email:
mcdonaldi1@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4295
Tiago Alves

Dr Tiago Alves

Darlithydd Gwyddorau'r Ddaear

Email:
alvest@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6754
Wolfgang Mair

Yr Athro Wolfgang Maier

Professor, Deputy Head of School

Email:
maierw@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5382
Tom Blenkinsop

Yr Athro Thomas Blenkinsop

Professor in Earth Science

Email:
blenkinsopt@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0232

Dr C. Johan Lissenberg

Lecturer

Email:
lissenbergcj@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4327
James Lambert-Smith

Dr James Lambert-Smith

Lecturer in Exploration and Resource Geology

Email:
lambert-smithj@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4323
Daniel Hobley

Dr Daniel Hobley

Lecturer in Earth Sciences

Email:
hobleyd@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6213

Yr Athro Chris MacLeod

Professor

Email:
macleod@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4332
Katie McFall

Dr Katie McFall

Research Associate

Email:
mcfallk@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4331
David James

Yr Athro David James

Honorary Visiting Professor

Nathalia Matto

Dr Nathalia Mattos

Research Associate

Email:
mattosnh@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0010

Postgraduate students

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Suame Ampana

Research student

Email:
ampanas@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5874
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Angus Odling

Research student

Email:
odlingao@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5874
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Charles Routleff

Research student

Email:
routleffco@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5874
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Levent Tosun

Research student

Email:
tosunl@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5874
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Abubakar Maunde

Research student

Email:
maundea@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)7778942870
William Smith

William Smith

Research student

Email:
smithwd1@caerdydd.ac.uk
Marco Azevedo

Marco Azevedo

Research student

Email:
azevedomc@caerdydd.ac.uk
Olivia Walker

Olivia Walker

Research student

Email:
walkeroa@caerdydd.ac.uk
Jamie Price

Mr Jamie Price

Research student

Email:
pricejj1@caerdydd.ac.uk

ELEMENT Facility for Geochemical Fingerprinting of Earth Materials

The facility was originally set up under NERC award NER/H/S/2000/00862 (£546k) and has recently been upgraded by a new award from Cardiff University Research Infrastructure Fund.

The suite of instruments comprises: two Thermo iCAP RQ quadropole ICP-MS spectrometers, a Thermo iCAP ICP-OES spectrometer, a New Wave Research 213nm laser ablation system, a micromill and microbalance, and an Olympus Delta Pro portable XRF spectrometer.

Find out more about the ELEMENT analysis facility.

Dedicated fire assay laboratory

The laboratory supports analysis of precious metals in rocks, ores and other environmental samples using a dedicated fire assay facility. There is also a wet geochemistry laboratory for preparation of samples in liquid form for ICP analysis.

Zeiss Sigma HD Field Emission Gun Analytical SEM

This facility specialises in high-resolution imaging and X-ray element mapping as well as quantitative analysis of major, minor and trace elements. FEI XL30 Field Emission Gun Environmental SEM for high-resolution imaging and semi-quantitative X-ray element analysis of samples. Philips PW1710 Automated Powder X-ray diffractometer.

Find out more about the ZEISS facility.

3D Seismic Lab

The development of new quantitative methods in seismic interpretation is a key research topic within the 3D Seismic Lab. The Lab comprises a state-of-the-art seismic interpretation and visualisation facility that supports research into diverse aspects of sedimentary basins, with an emphasis on continental margins.

The key emphasis of the 3D Seismic Lab is on the development of 3D seismic methods and technology to the analysis of depositional and deformational processes. Research students base their research on the large archive of data in the 3D Seismic Lab donated through collaborations with the petroleum industry and governments.

Software licensing and support to the lab is commercially costed as >£10M. The value of grants and PhD scholarships (some funded by industry) awarded to the 3D seismic lab since 2008 totals more than £2.04M.

Recent developments include seismic analyses of diagenesis and fluid flow on a basin scale, studies on the distribution of gas hydrates on continental margins, fluid-flow modelling through faults and structures, and the investigation of main geological controls on submarine landslides and channels.

Find out more about the 3D Seismic Lab.