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Dr Jens Andersen

Senior Lecturer, Programme Director for Undergraduate Geology


Telephone: 01326 371836

Research expertise: Geology and extraction of energy critical metal resources, applied and process mineralogy, QEMSCAN, igneous petrology

Research profile: My research is concerned with energy critical metal resources. The magnitude of climate change caused by the human society has put intense political focus on energy storage and efficiency and carbon-neutral energy production. Most of these technologies use metals that have seen little historical demand (Co, Dy, In, Nd, Pd, Pt, etc), and this has led to concerns about supply security and high levels of national control on production and trade. 

I research where new energy critical metal resources may be found and how they may be extracted. I particularly focus on resources associated with magmatic systems, which are the dominant primary resources of these metals. The ultimate goal is to increase the global availability of critical metal resources, in order to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon society.

Specific research areas: EU Horizon 2020 project "FAME": Flexible and Mobile Economic Processing Technologies. Platinum-group metals in the Skaergaard intrusion, East Greenland. Granite-related critical metals in Southwest England. Platinum-group metals in the Parana basalts, Brazil. 

Professional associations: Chairman of the IAGOD working group on critical metals . Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Member of the SGA and the Mineralogical Society.


  • Let's meet at the 15th Quadriennal IAGOD meeting, Salta, Argentina 28-31 August 2018. 
  • Just published: Charles et al. Age and Petrogenesis of the Lundy Granite. Journal of the Geological Society of London.


Recent key publications:

Andersen JCO, Cropp A, Paradise D. (2016) Solubility of Indium-Tin Oxide in simulated lung and gastric fluids: Pathways for human intake, Science of the Total Environment, DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.047

Simons BJ, Shail RK, Andersen J. (2016) The petrogenesis of the Early Permian Variscan granites of the Cornubian Batholith: Lower plate post-collisional peraluminous magmatism in the Rhenohercynian Zone of SW England, Lithos 260, p 76-94, DOI:10.1016/j.lithos.2016.05.010

Andersen J, Stickland RJ, Rollinson GK, Shail RK. (2016) Indium mineralisation in SW England: Host parageneses and mineralogical relations, Ore Geology Reviews 78, p 213-238, DOI:10.1016/j.oregeorev.2016.02.019

Sajid M, Coggan J, Arif M, Andersen J, Rollinson G. (2016) Petrographic features as an effective indicator for the variation in strength of granites, Engineering Geology 202, p 44-54, DOI:10.1016/j.enggeo.2016.01.001

Nielsen TFD, Andersen JCO, Holness MB, Keiding JK, Rudashevsky NS, Rudashevsky VN, Salmonsen LP, Tegner C, Veksler IV. (2015) The Skaergaard PGE and Gold Deposit: the Result of in situ Fractionation, Sulphide Saturation, and Magma Chamber-scale Precious Metal Redistribution by Immiscible Fe-rich Melt, Journal of Petrology 56, 8, p 1643-1676, DOI:10.1093/petrology/egv049.

Holness MB, Richardson C, Andersen JCO. (2013) The campsite dykes: A window into the early post-solidification history of the Skaergaard Intrusion, East Greenland, Lithos 182-183, p 134-149, DOI:10.1016/j.lithos.2013.10.007

Rollinson GK, Andersen J, Stickland R, Boni M, Fairhurst RJ (2011). Characterisation of Supergene Nonsulphide Zinc Deposits using QEMSCAN®. Minerals Engineering 24, 778-787.

Andersen J C Ø, Rollinson G K, Snook B, Herrington R, and Fairhurst R J (2009). Use of QEMSCAN® for the characterization of Ni-rich and Ni-poor goethite in laterite ores. Minerals Engineering 22, 1119–1129.

Andersen J C Ø (2006). Postmagmatic sulphur loss in the Skaergaard Intrusion: Implications for the formation of the Platinova reef. Lithos 92, 198-221