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Dr Ben Williamson

Senior Lecturer in Applied Mineralogy

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Telephone: 01326 371856

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
PhD Geology (Granite petrology), 1991 (University of London)
BSc (Hons) Geology, 1988 (University of London)

AFFILIATIONS
Member of the Mineralogical Society
Member of the Mineral Deposits Studies Group
Expert Member of the International Volcanic Health Hazards Network

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
2007 - present: University of Exeter - Camborne School of Mines
Senior Lecturer in Applied Mineralogy.
2004 - 2007: The Natural History Museum, London
Electron Microscopist/Researcher.
2000 - 2004: The Natural History Museum, London
Head of Environmental Assessment Programme of the EU-FP5 MinUrals Contract.
1998 - 2000: University of Bristol
Scientific Coordinator of the European Union Geochemical Facility.
1994 - 1998: The Natural History Museum, London
Researcher/IT Manager for the Department of Mineralogy.
1991 - 1993: Geoservices Geologist for Amoco (Mauritania), Hunt (Yemen) and Agip/Elf (Congo).

RECENT RESEARCH PROJECTS (2005 to date)
Porphyry copper enrichment linked to excess aluminium in plagioclase (Anglo American)
NeutraSeal – Developing a lower energy cost mine water treatment process (Technology Strategy Board)
Development of geochemical and mineralogical methods for targeting lower environmental impact secondary copper deposits in the Troodos Massif, Cyprus (NERC CASE studentship with Natural History Museum and British Geological Survey).  
Impact Monitoring of Mineral Resources Exploitation (ImpactMin) EU–FP7 project to develop new methods and a new toolset for impact monitoring of mining operations using Earth Observations and in-situ data (Commenced January 2010).
Eruption mechanisms and potential respiratory health impacts of ash from the Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat.
Production of deleterious respirable silica airborne particulate from the burning of siliceous biomass (NERC CASE studentship with Cambridge University and Natural History Museum). 

RESEARCH STUDENTS
Siti Tohar – PhD student – funded by the Malaysian Government. REE potential of granites in Malaysia (First supervisor, full-time, commenced January 2015).
Alison Cox – MSc by Research – self-funded. Effects of acid and Fe concentration on reaction rates in enargite-bearing wastes (Second supervisor, full-time, commenced June 2016).
Sam Hughes – PhD student – self-funded. Structural and paragenetic evolution of mineralisation in the St. Ives Mining District (Second supervisor, part-time, commenced July 2009).
Evangelos Mouchos – MSc by Research, self-funded. REE potential of bauxites from Greece (Second supervisor, full-time, commenced November 2013, completed January 2016).
Ben Snook – PhD student - co-funded by the CSM Trust and Norwegian Geological Survey. Geology and mineral chemistry of barren and rare metal pegmatites in the south Norwegian Bamble-Evje pegmatite cluster (First supervisor, full-time, commenced October 2010, completed May 2014).
Daniel Parvaz - NERC CASE studentship. Development of geochemical and mineralogical methods for targeting lower environmental impact secondary copper deposits in the Troodos Massif, Cyprus. (First supervisor, full-time, commenced October 2009, completed February 2015).
Vistorina Do Cabo – PhD student - Funded by the Africa-America Foundation. The Geology, Mineralogy and Geochemical features of the primary HREE-enriched Carbonatite Complex at Lofdal, Namibia. (Second supervisor, part-time, commenced 2008, completed June 2014).
Liaqat Ali – PhD student - Funded by Government of Pakistan (transferred after 1 year from Manchester University 2008). Genetic models for gold and base metal mineralisation associated with the Shyok Suture Zone and Kohistan Arc, north Pakistan; based on mineralogical and geochemical studies of stream sediments (First supervisor, full-time, commenced March 2008, completed October 2010).
Alison Turner – PhD student - Funded via University of Plymouth. Sustainable management of mine water pollution from headwaters to estuaries (Second supervisor, full-time, commenced October 2007, completed November 2010).
Jennifer Le Blond – PhD student - University of Cambridge – NERC CASE studentship (2007, CASE partner at Natural History Museum, London). The production and toxicity of respirable silica particles from biomass burning (CASE supervisor, full time, commenced October 2006, completed May 2010).

RECENT FUNDING
NERC GW4+ studentship, 2016. Development of exploration tools for granite-breccia-hosted mineral deposits.
Research Fund for Coal and Steel, 2016. Co-processing of electronic waste using acid mine waters (PI – Chris Bryan).
Anglo American, 2012. Developing a new plagioclase-based tool to explore for Cu porphyry deposits.
Technology Strategy Board, 2012. NeutraSeal – Developing a lower energy mine water treatment process.
NERC Isotope Geosciences Facilities grant, 2011 (IP-1261-0511). Project: Isotopic discrimination of gossans overlying lower environmental impact secondary Cu deposits: towards a new exploration model. 
EU FP7-ENV-2009-1, 2009 (Led by Geonardo Ltd., Hungary) - Impact Monitoring of Mineral Resources Exploitation.
NERC Open Case PhD studentship, 2009 - Development of geochemical and mineralogical methods for targeting lower environmental impact secondary copper deposits in the Troodos Massif, Cyprus, with the Natural History Museum and British Geological Survey.
Cambridge University - NHM Case studentship, 2006. Production of deleterious respirable silica airborne particulate from the burning of siliceous biomass (CASE Partner).

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