Petroleum and Mineral Resources

The alliance of geology and geophysics with geological and petroleum engineering allows for extensive cross-discipline collaboration in the study of the Earth and its natural resources.

Meet the experts

Lana Alagha

Assistant Professor
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Ionic liquids deal with rare earth elements, hybrid nanparticle systems for mine waste management, enhanced fine coal floation using novel polymer aids, recycling the fluorapatite from secondary sources using polymer-assisted floatation, biodegradable polymers application in sulfide mineral flotation

Kwame Awuah-Offei

Associate Professor in Mining Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Surface mining; excavation modeling; sustainability in mining

Andreas Eckert

Associate Professor
Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Numerical geomechanics, buckle folding, high strain zones, salt tectonics, deformation bands, petroleum-related geomechanics

Samuel Frimpong

Professor and Robert H. Quenon Endowed Chair
Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Cyber-surface mining systems, excavation, heavy mining machinery and intelligent systems

Stephen Gao

Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Geophysical exploration of the Earth’s interior, earthquake seismology, crustal and mantle deformation

Leslie Gertsch

Associate Professor, Geological Engineering
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Energy of Dry vs. Saturate Rock Breaking, Space Mining, rock fragmentation technology, Extra-terrestrial mining and excavation, rock mechanics, mechanical rock cutting, near-Earth objects (NEOs), mine planning, mine equipment selection, planetary surface operations, space resources, space exploration, sustainability of mineral production, Moon, Mars, asteroids, comets

Kelly Liu

Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Geophysical subsurface imaging, seismic interpretation, subsurface imaging utilizing wave conversions

Marek Locmelis

Assistant Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Development of geochemical exploration tools for critical element deposits; Fluid mobility of critical elements to constrain transport and deposition mechanisms; Investigation of Missouri’s Rare Earth Element and Cobalt Ore Potential

Jonathan Obrist Farner

Assistant Professor
Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Petroleum geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy

Mingzhen Wei

Assistant Professor
Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Reservoir simulation, data mining, unconventional resources and enhanced oil recovery

Arezoo Emdadi

Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests

Computational mechanics/material science, additive manufacturing, phase-field modeling (crack propagation, solidification, oxidation, material microstructure), phase-field crystal modeling, finite element analysis, fracture mechanics, and ICME