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    Dr Hans Oskierski
    PhD

    Lecturer in CO2 storage and utilisation

    Teaching area

    BRD203: Carbon and Climate: A wicked problem

    ENG193: Introduction to the Minerals Industry

    ENG205: Process Mineralogy

    ENG565: Mineralogy for Metallurgists

    OEXM130: Introduction to Earth Sciences

    Academic Chair for Honours in Chemistry and Mineral Science

    Research areas

    Isotope and environmental geochemistry.

    CO2 sequestration by mineral carbonation.

    Paleoclimate and radiometric dating.

    Mineralogy and economic geology.

    Extraction of Lithium from silicate sources.

    Current projects

    Tracing ultramafic rock weathering and carbonation with Mg isotopes.

    Formation conditions of economically important magnesite deposits.

    Chemistry and isotopic composition of waters associated with the carbonation of ultramafic mine tailings, Woodsreef Asbestos Mine, NSW, Australia.

    Isotope geochemistry of modern microbialites forming in serpentinite-hosted mining ponds.

    Weathering of pyroxenes and olivine group minerals.

    Extraction of lithium from mineral deposits.

    Awards and grants

    Oskierski H.C., Ncube T. Senanayake G., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2019) Roasting of alpha spodumene with additives for enhanced lithium extraction. Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). $17,070

    Dlugogrski B.Z., Oskierski H.C., Senanayake G. (2018) Lithium extraction from spodumene. Tianqi Lithium Australia. $175,000

    Oskierski H.C., Zahid S., Xia F., Dlugogorski B.Z., Senanayake G. (2017) Effect of total pressure and water vapour pressure on dehydroxylation of antigorite and lizardite. Access to Major Research Facilities Program – Australian Synchrotron Research Program. $131,136

    Oskierski H.C., Hampton M. (2017) Interlaboratory comparison/cross calibration for new stable isotope facility at Murdoch University. AINSE Research Grant – Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd. $1,300

    K. Mchibwa (applicant), Oskierski H.C., Senanayake G., Dlugogorski B.Z., Altarawneh M. (2017) Innovative processes for leach liquor purification and production of battery grade LiOH from Li mineral resources. MRIWA Postgraduate scholarship for women. $105,000

    Oskierski H.C., Senanayake G. (2017) Innovative hydrometallurgical processes to extract lithium from Western Australian mineral resources. Parker CRC for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions/School of Engineering and IT, Murdoch University.$64,883

    Zahid S. (applicant), Oskierski H.C. (2017) Detailed investigation of factors affecting the formation of intermediate phase during dehydroxylation of serpentine minerals. AINSE Postgraduate Research Award – Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd. $22,500

    Oskierski H.C., Barry, L., Dlugogorski, B.Z., Jacobsen, G., McCutcheon, J., Southam, G. (2016) Carbon sources and growth rates of modern Mg-rich microbialtes. AINSE Research Grant – Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd. $38,950

    Oskierski H.C., Altarawneh M., Dlugogorski B.Z., Senanayake G. (2016) Antigorite heat activation for large scale CO2 storage.  Access to Major Research Facilities Program – Australian Synchrotron Research Program. $80,000

    Oskierski H.C., Abdullah A.A., Altarawneh M., Dlugogorski B.Z., Peterson V., Senanayake G., Xia F. (2015) In-situ neutron diffraction study of phase transformations during thermal activation of spodumene and petalite for optimised extraction of lithium from silicate minerals. Neutron Beam Instrument Access – Bragg Institute/Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. $25,050

    Oskierski H.C., Altarawneh M., Dlugogorski B.Z., Senanayake G. (2015) Optimisation of heat activation strategies for the extraction of lithium from spodumene and petalite. AINSE Research Grant – Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd. $10,290

    Oskierski H.C. (2015) Sampling of ultramafic rocks and associated carbonates at Mt Dun, Nelson area, New Zealand. Travel grant. 34th International Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Scientists, Australian Geoscience Council and Australian Academy of Sciences. $1,000

    Oskierski H.C., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2011) Fixation of atmospheric CO2 during the carbonation of ultramafic rocks: constraints on timing of carbonation and quantification of contributions from different carbon sources derived from U-Th disequilibrium dating in conjunction with radiocarbon dating. AINSE Postgraduate Research Award - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd. $34,083

    Dlugogorski B.Z. (principal investigator), Oskierski H.C. (lead author) (2011) Reliable radiocarbon dating of the Attunga magnesite using organic material and constraints on pathways and contributions of different carbon sources. AINSE Research Award - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd. $22,338

    Dlugogorski B.Z. (principal investigator), Oskierski H.C. (lead author) (2010) Fixation of atmospheric CO2 in carbonates derived from ultramafic rocks. AINSE Research Award - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd. $15,050

    Events and speaking engagements

    Oskierski H.C., Turvey C.C., Wilson S.A., Dlugogorski B.Z., Altarawneh M., Mavromatis V. (2019) Mg isotopes trace the carbonation of ultramafic mine waste. TIGeR conference, Perth, Australia, 11th to 13th of September 2019. Poster.

    Oskierski H.C., Mavromatis V., Beinlich A., Altarawneh M., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2019) Weathering and carbonation of ultramafic rocks traced by Mg isotopes. Goldschmidt Conference 2019, Barcelona, Spain, 18th to 23rd of Agust 2019.

    Kamaluldeen A., Senanayake G., Dlugogorski B.Z., Koenigsberger E., Oskierski H.C., Altarawneh M. (2019) Preparation of Magnesium Oxide nanoparticles of various morphologies from natural magnesite. 20th International Union of Materials Research Societies Conference, Perth, Australia, 22-26 September 2019.

    Zahid S., Oskierski H.C., Senanayake G., Altarawneh M., Xia F., Brand H.E.A., Oluwoye I., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2018) Exploration of Multistep Kinetics of Dehydroxylation of Antigorite through In-situ Synchrotron PXRD. Murdoch University Postgraduate Research Poster Prize, Murdoch University, Australia, 10th of May 2019. Poster. Winner of first price.

    Zahid S., Oskierski H.C., Senanayake G., Altarawneh M., Xia F., Brand H.E.A., Oluwoye I., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2018) Exploration of Multistep Kinetics of Dehydroxylation of Antigorite through In-situ Synchrotron PXRD. Synchrotron user meeting 2018, 22nd – 23rd November 2018. Poster.

    Zahid S., Oskierski H.C., Senanayake G., Altarawneh M., Xia F., Brand H.E.A., Oluwoye I., Dlugogorski B.Z., (2018), Multi-step Kinetics for Thermal Degradation of Antigorite. AXAA Western Australian Student Seminar Day 2018, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, 25th of October 2018. Winner of second price.

    Abdullah A., Oskierski H.C., Oluwoye I., Senanayake G., Altarawneh M., Lumpkin G.R., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2018) Extraction of lithium from spodumene – In situ XRD observations of calcination. World Mining Summit, Perth, Australia, 18th to 20th of September 2018. Invited presentation.

    Kamaluldeen A., Saunders M., Senanayake G., Dlugogorski B.Z., Koenigsberger E., Oskierski H.C., Altarawneh M. (2018) Precipitant effect on the morphology of Mg(OH)2 and MgO nanoparticles. 19th International Microscopy Congress, Sydney, Australia, 9th to 14th of September 2018. Poster.

    Oskierski H.C., Abdullah A., Senanayake G., Altarawneh M., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2018) In-situ XRD observations of spodumene calcination. Lithium 2018, International Lithium Conference, Perth, Australia, 27th to 28th of June 2018.

    Altarawneh M., Senanayake G., Oskierski H.C., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2018) Thermodynamic Stability of Spodumene’s Surfaces and their Interaction with CO2(g). Lithium 2018, International Lithium Conference, Perth, Australia, 27th to 28th of June 2018.

    Mulwanda J., Senanayake G., Dlugogorski B.Z., Altarawneh M., Deditius, A.P., Oskierski H.C. (2018) Extraction of lithium values from lepidolite. Lithium 2018, International Lithium Conference, Perth, Australia, 27th to 28th of June 2018.

    Abdullah A., Oskierski H.C., Senanayake G., Altarawneh M., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2018) Recovery of lithium from spodumene – energy and environmental considerations. Lithium and Battery Metals Conference 2018, Perth, Australia, 21st to 22nd of March 2018.

    Oskierski H.C., Mavromatis V., Beinlich A., Altarawneh M., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2018) Mg-isotope signatures for tracing of natural carbonation reactions. ACEME18, Sixth international Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering, Newcastle, Australia, 11th to 14th of March 2018.

    Zahid S., Oskierski H.C., Senanayake G., Altarawneh M., Xia F., Brand H.E.A., Oluwoye I., Dlugogorski B. Z. (2018) Isoconversional Kinetic Modelling and In-Situ Synchrotron Powder X-Ray diffraction analysis for Dehydroxylation of Antigorite. ACEME18, Sixth international Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering, Newcastle, Australia, 11th to 14th of March 2018.

    Zahid S., Oskierski H.C., Senanayake G., Altarawneh M., Xia F., Brand H.E.A., Dlugogorski B. Z. (2017) In-Situ Synchrotron-PXRD Study of Dehydroxylation of Serpentine Minerals for Mineral Carbonation.  4th Western Australian Synchrotron Symposium, Curtin University, Australia, 10th of November 2017. Poster.

    Oskierski H.C., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2016) Understanding natural analogues of mineral carbonation to inform the development of industrial CO2 storage.  Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference, Fremantle, Australia, 4th to 7th of December 2016, 99. Poster.

    Oskierski H.C., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2016) Understanding natural analogues of mineral carbonation to inform the development of industrial CO2 storage.  TIGeR conference, Perth, Australia, 26th to 28th of December 2016. Poster.

    Oskierski H.C., Dlugogorski B.Z., Jacobsen G. (2015) Waters Associated with the Carbonation of Ultramafic Mine Tailings, Woodsreef Asbestos Mine, Australia. ACEME1, Fifth international Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering, New York, USA, 21st to 25th January 2015, 14-15.

    Oskierski H.C., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2013) A comparison of natural carbonation rates and the conditions promoting natural mineral sequestration of CO2 in the Great Serpentinite Belt, NSW, Australia. ACEME13, Fourth international Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering, Leuven, Belgium, 9th to 12th of April 2013, 97-107.

    Ghoorah M., Oskierski H.C., Kennedy E.M., Dlugogorski B.Z., (2013) Weak acid-induced dissolution of thermally conditioned serpentinites for carbon dioxide mineralisation of carbon dioxide. ACEME13, Fourth international Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering, Leuven, Belgium, 9th to 12th of April 2013, 205-225.

    Oskierski H.C., Bailey J.G., Kennedy E.M., Dlugogorski B.Z., Jacobsen G., Heijnis H. (2012) Natural sequestration of CO2 in ultramafic mine tailings at the Woodsreef asbestos mine, New South Wales. Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering council meeting, Sydney, Australia, 24th to 25th of May 2012 (not published).

    Oskierski H.C., Bailey J.G., Frisia S., Kennedy E.M., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2010a) Natural analogues to mineral sequestration of CO2: Petrographic constraints on the formation of serpentinite hosted magnesite veins. ACEME10, Third international Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering, Turku, Finland, 29th of November to 1st of December 2010, pp10. (2 citations**).

    Oskierski H.C., Bailey J.G., Kennedy E.M., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2010b) Analogues to mineral sequestration of CO2: Sources of carbon in magnesite of Attunga Magnesite Quarry, NSW, Australia, a stable isotope study. New England Geology Symposium, Armidale, 2010, 260-266.

    Sindern S., Oskierski H.C., Schwarzbauer J.C., Lima R.F.S., Petta R.A. (2007) Anthropogenic signatures in sediments of the fast growing urban area of Natal (NE-Brazil) – A study of heavy metals and organic components. Goldschmidt Conference, Cologne, Germany, 19th to 24th of August 2007. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 71, 15S, A864-A991.

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Johannes Chischi:   Weathering of spodumene and other pyroxenes

    Mahmoud Alhadad:   Pressure leaching of spodumene

    Thamsanqa Ncube:   Roasting of spodumene with additives for enhanced lithium extraction

    Kudzai Mchibwa:   Leach liquor purification and production of battery grade LiOH from Li mineral resources

    James Mulwanda:   Extraction of lithium from sheet silicate minerals

    Elie Kabende:   Pre-treatment of tantalum and niobium ores from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to remove uranium and thorium

    Sana Zahid:   Large scale storage of CO2 by mineral carbonation

    Alaa Kamaluldeen:   Preparation of magnesium oxide nanoparticles from dolomite, sea-bittern and fly ash and applications in catalytic and anti-microbial activities

    Dr Arif Abdullah:   Thermal treatment of spodumene for lithium extraction – Conferred April 2019

    I am always looking for talented research students or postdocs interested in pursuing a PhD in CO2 Storage and Utilisation, Mineral Carbonation, (Isotope) Geochemistry or Mineral Science.

    Australian Government Scholarships or Murdoch University Scholarships are available for outstanding PhD candidates, including international applicants.  If successful, a tuition fee waiver and generous living allowance (~$26-33k annually, tax free) will be provided, allowing full focus on research.  PhD students at Murdoch University have access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure in Western Australia, and to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation or the Australian Synchrotron via competitive project applications.  Please contact me directly on H.Oskierski@murdoch.edu.au if you are interested.  Details of the application process and available scholarships can be found here.

    Publications

    Journal papers

    Abdullah A.A., Oskierski H.C., Altarawneh M., Senanayake G., Lumpkin G., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2019) Phase transformation mechanism of spodumene during its calcination. Minerals Engineering, 140, 105833. doi.org/10.1016/j.mineng.2019.105883

    Oskierski H.C., Beinlich A., Mavromatis V., Altarawneh M., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2019) Mg-isotope fractionation during continental weathering and low temperature carbonation of ultramafic rocks. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, in press. doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2019.07.019.

    Oluwoye I., Dlugogorski B.Z., Gore J., Oskierski H.C., Altarawneh M. (2017) Atmospheric emission of NOx from mining explosives: A critical review. Atmospheric Environment, v. 176, p. 81-96. doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.08.006

    Miran H.A., Atarawneh M., Jiang Z.-T., Oskierski H.C., Almatarneh M., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2017) Decomposition of selected chlorinated volatile organic compounds by ceria (CeO2). Catalysis Science and Technology, v. 7, p. 3902-3919. doi.org/10.1039/C7CY01096F

    Oskierski H.C., Dlugogorski B.Z., Oliver T.K., Jacobsen G. (2016) Chemical and isotopic signatures of waters associated with the carbonation of ultramafic mine tailings, Woodsreef Asbestos Mine, Australia. Chemical Geology, v 436, p. 11-23. doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.04.014

    Altarawneh M., Jaf Z., Oskierski H.C., Jiang Z.-T., Gore J., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2016) Conversion of NO into N2 over γ-Mo2N. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, v. 120, p. 22270-22280. doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b04107

    Ghoorah M., Dlugogorski B.Z., Oskierski H.C., Kennedy E.M. (2014) Study of thermally conditioned and weak acid-treated serpentinites for mineralisation of carbon dioxide. Minerals Engineering, v. 59, p. 17-30. doi.org/10.1016/j.mineng.2014.02.005

    Oskierski H.C., Dlugogorski B.Z., Jacobsen G. (2013a) Sequestration of atmospheric CO2 in chrysotile mine tailings of the Woodsreef Asbestos Mine, Australia: Quantitative mineralogy, isotopic fingerprinting and carbonation rates. Chemical Geology, v. 358, p. 156-169. doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.09.001

    Oskierski H.C., Dlugogorski B.Z., Jacobsen G., (2013b) Sequestration of atmospheric CO2 in a weathering-derived, serpentinite-hosted magnesite deposit: 14C tracing of carbon sources and age constraints for a refined genetic model. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 122, p. 226-246. doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2013.08.029

    Oskierski H.C., Bailey J.G., Kennedy E.M., Jacobsen G., Ashley P.M., Dlugogorski B.Z. (2013c) Formation of weathering-derived magnesite deposits in the New England Orogen, New South Wales, Australia: Implications from mineralogy, geochemistry and genesis of the Attunga Magnesite Deposit. Mineralium Deposita, v. 48, p. 525-541. doi.org/10.1007

    Oskierski H.C.; Sindern S.; Lima R.F.S., Petta R.A. (2009) Geogenic and anthropogenic lead isotope signatures in the urban environment of Natal (NE-Brazil). Environmental Geology, v. 58, p. 1181-1817. doi.org/10.1007/s00254-008-1679-0