Critical minerals

This is an emerging research area where inter-disciplinary teams are seeking to leverage our combined expertise in mining, petroleum engineering, and geological engineering to recover critical minerals via sustainable methods.

Meet the experts

Lana Alagha

Associate Professor
Mining Engineering

Research Interests

Mineral processing and enrichment, ionic liquids for REE recovery, hybrid nanoparticle systems, flotation, mine waste management, biodegradable polymeric depressants, polymer chemistry, flotation

Kwame Awuah-Offei

Associate Professor in Mining Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Surface mining; excavation modeling; sustainability in mining

David Borrok

Gulf Oil Foundation Professor and Chair
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Water sustainability, food-energy-water nexus, water resources, water quality and geochemistry, geomicrobiology,  water-rock interactions in petroleum systems, geochemistry of hydrocarbon-generating source rocks, water quality and geochemistry, water stress and scarcity, water-rock interactions

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

Michael Moats

Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering & Associate Chair for Graduate Programs
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Hydrometallurgy and Electrometallurgy, Trace Element Recovery from Leachate, Base Metal Electrowinning

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