Liam is an Honours student working in the Minerals, Microbes and Solutions Laboratory and the Environmental Geochemistry Experimental Laboratory. He is working on radionuclide sorption to common ore and gangue minerals found at Olympic Dam, South Australia.
The Olympic Dam mine site is a very complex ore deposit. One of the challenges being faced at Olympic Dam is mobilisation and concentration of radiogenic lead during ore processing. Liam’s project aims to understand how lead is behaving in this system with respect to some of the common minerals at the site (pyrite, chalcopyrite & hematite). The information gained from his study will help the mine operator to understand the mobility of lead during processing, as well as during formation of the ore deposit. Liam’s project will also contribute to our understanding of metal sorption on sulfide mineral surfaces.