Projects and Collaborations

I have been engaged in more than 15 research projects, working with industry, academia, and government partners from Ireland, UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Canada, Australia and the United States. I have secured long and short-term independent research grants (1-5 years) for a total of over € 800,000.

My research has generated more than 60 publications that are widely cited, and also significant industry impact. My work on innovative mineral coating on Al alloys in collaboration with, for example, Siemens and Danish Technology Institute, has been applied on windmills in the North Sea.

Academic collaborations

[14] Project: Controls on high-grade stratiform Co mineralisation in the Central African Copperbelt (CRITICAL) (PI, ongoing, 2022-2026, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, €551,900)

Ph.D researcher: Malena Cazorla Martínez

Collaborator: Prof. Murray Hitzman

[13] Project: Enrichment mechanisms of Ga, Ge, and In in giant Chinese Pb-Zn deposits (consortium fund, Co-PI, 2022-2027, funded by China Young Scientists Programme 2021, equiv. €100,000 out of €650,000)     

Collaborators: China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University)

[12] Project: Exploring the critical metal potential of the Irish-type Zn-Pb mines (PI, 2019-2022, funded by Geological Survey of Ireland, €149,830)  

Mentor: Prof. Murray Hitzman, Director of iCRAG, SFI Professor, UCD

Research Assistant: Daniel Brien

Collaborators: Assist. Prof. Seán McClenaghan, Dr Steven Hollis, John Guven, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and Dr Max Frenzel, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Germany

[11] Project: Characterise Energy Critical Metals in the Irish type Zn-Pb ores (PI, 2020-2022, Royal Irish Academy, €2,238)

Collaborator: Sören Henning, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany

[10] Project: New visions in the genesis of roll front uranium deposits (ongoing, 2016-)

Collaborators: Dr Christophe Bonnetti, East China University of Technology; Dr Thomas Riegler, Eramet A/S, France 

[9] Project: Abundance of the full range of Energy Critical Elements in Cu and Zn ores characterised by LA-ICP-MS (2015-2019, postdoc project, funded by the Science Foundation of Ireland) 

Mentor: Prof. Balz Kamber, Irish Centre of Applied Geosciences/Trinity College Dublin

[8] Project: Fingerprint multi-hydrothermal events at the mineral scale for the supergiant Daheishan porphyry Mo deposit, NE China (PI, 2014-2018, postdoc project, funded by the National Fundamental Research Programme, China)

Mentor: Profs. Jianming Liu and Qingdong Zeng, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

[7] Project: Geochemical basis of mineral precipitation and transformation, and its application in coating industry (2012-2015, Ph.D project, funded by the Danish Advanced Technology Foundation)

Supervisor: Emeritus Prof. Henrik Friis, Department of Geosciences, Aarhus University, Denmark

Collaborator: Siemens Gamesa, DONG Energy Oil & Gas, Dan-Color A/S, Danish Technological Institute, Danish Technical University, and Copenhagen University

[6] Project: Mineralization model of the Daheishan supergiant porphyry Mo deposit in Jilin province, Northeast China (2008-2014, Ph.D project, funded by the National Fundamental Research Programme, China)

Supervisors: Prof. Jianming Liu, Prof. Qingdong Zeng, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Collaborator: Jilin Daheishan Molybdenum Industry Co., Ltd.

Industry collaborations

[5] Project: Fusion method development on the X-600 fluxer (2018). Collaborator: Spex/Katanax, Canada and Europe

[4] Project: Characterise the mineralogical deportment of precious and penalty elements for the Highland Valley Copper deposit (2017) Collaborator: Teck Resources, Canada

[3] Project: Crystal nucleation and its influence on the permeability of sandstones (2015)

Collaborator: DONG Energy, Denmark. Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Henrik Friis, Aarhus University, Denmark

[2] Project: Steam Induced Surface Treatment (SIST) (2011-2015)

Collaborators: Siemens Gamesa, Dan-Color A/S, Danish Technology Institute, Danish Technical University, Denmark

[1] Project: Superseding Resources Prospecting in resource-crisis mines, China: regularity of Mo mineralization in Northeast China (2008-2014)Collaborators: Jilin Daheishan Molybdenum Industry Co., Ltd., and China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd, China