Dr Rich Crane
Senior Lecturer in Sustainable MiningTelephone: 01326 214370
My research and teaching interests lie in the fields of extractive metallurgy, materials science, nanotechnology and applied geochemistry for a range of applications including: the development of novel mining techniques, mine site reclamation, waste treatment, water treatment and contaminant transport. I also like to apply a holistic approach which considers the wider environmental, cultural and political implications of such activity.
Within this the obvious “Grand Challenge” question is: “How can we obtain metals from the subsurface with drastically less energy input and generating little (or even zero) waste?”
A particular target area for my research is on the development of next generation "key-hole" mining techniques, which comprise the direct injection of novel lixiviants (chemicals which can selectively dissolve target metals from within their host minerals) into primary ores and waste materials. This new approach could enable our continued procurement of Critical Raw Materials (which we urgently need for our new Green Economy) but with dramatically less energy requirement and environmental disturbance.
I am a member of the Environment: Metals, Microbes and Minerals (EM3) Research Group and the Mining, Environment and Society Research Group. Read more about my research interests here.
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Academic qualifications and background:
2015-2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cardiff University
2013-2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, UNSW Australia
2012-2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol
2008-2012: PhD Materials Science, University of Bristol
2005-2008: BSc (Hons) Environmental Geoscience, University of Bristol
Opportunities: I am always interested to hear from prospective research students (MSc, MEng or PhD), postdoctoral researchers or other types of collaborators. Please get in touch if you have any interesting ideas. I am particularly interested in supervising PhD students (or collaborating on projects) in the following areas:
- Hydro/solvometallurgical leaching of ores and mine waste
- Innovative water treatment technology (particularly those focussing on redox manipulation)
- Recovery of ecomomically valuable and/or ecotoxic metals from mine water (particularly those focussing on acid mine drainage)