Amanda played a key role in organizing the inaugural TGSS (Trent Graduate Students in Science) symposium to highlight all the amazing scientific research that graduate students are doing at Trent University! Congratulations to the organizing committee for putting together a fantastic day of science. I learnt quite a lot about all the fun things that other research groups are doing and look forward to next year’s event!
Timothy Oleson writes “Left undisturbed, carbonate minerals can naturally lock up carbon in a stable form for millions of years or longer. Triggering the formation of carbonate minerals is thus a promising means of removing and sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In recent research, scientists uncovered new details about how one of Earth’s most stable, albeit slow-to-form, carbonates — magnesite — grows in nature and have found a way to accelerate its formation in the lab at room temperature. The results could aid in developing efficient carbon sequestration technologies.”
It was a fantastic 2018 for the PowerGeolab. Exciting to have our work featured on various websites after the Goldschmidt conference in Boston. Equally exciting to be mentioned in the Top Phys.org articles of 2018!
Amanda presented her research at the 2nd International Institute for Environmental Studies Graduate Students Forum at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from November 1-4. Students from different institutions from around the world attended to discuss environmental issues including soil and water contamination and remediation. Amanda plans to attend next year to follow up on her research.
We were very honoured to have Minister Maryam Monsef (Peterborough - Kawartha) visit our laboratory as part of an announcement that the federal government is investing $2.4M for Trent University researchers as part of $558M national investment in the NSERC Discovery program. Minister Monsef stated that “Canada is a world leader in science, and the investments we are making today in Trent University will ensure researchers and students are able to pursue their dreams and come up with solutions to some of our most pressing challenges.” NSERC funding is vital to our research and supporting undergraduate and graduate research.
Very excited to have been a guest on BBC Radio 4 Inside Science hosted by Gareth Mitchell. The interview was about the research on magnesite formation at room temperature that myself and Paul Kenward, Greg Dipple, and Mati Raudsepp recently published.
While attending Goldschmidt 2018, Tom Parkhill put out a press release based on my talk that I gave on behalf of Paul Kenward, Anna Harrison, Greg Dipple, and Sasha Wilson on our magnesite work and its implications for carbon sequestration. Our work characterized natural magnesite and determined its rate of formation in the Atlin playas, and secondly we were able to accelerate magnesite formation in the laboratory at room temperature using reactive surfaces. The story really took off and I had the great opportunity to be interviewed by BBC Radio 4 Inside Science, Sea Change Radio, Science News, Fast Company, and NBC News MACH. The story was also picked up by Forbes.com, Popularmechanics.com, Phys.org, Sciencedaily.com, USNews.com, and at least another 20 websites that I was able to find!
A truly humbling experience and happy to carry the CO2 mineralization flag for my “15 minutes of fame.” Thanks to all the contributors to this work as well as Tom and the journalists that help us scientists communicate our research to the public!
Spending the week in Boston for Goldschmidt. I’ll be giving a talk on Tuesday on “Magnesite formation at Earth’s surface” in “Formation of Carbonate, sulfate and phosphate mineral” and co-convening Session 11b on “Fluid-rock interactions in the Environment: Thermodynamics, kinetics and isotopes” with colleagues Anna and Vassilis. Looking forward to a fantastic conference and catching up with colleagues!
Carlos and I attended the 2nd De Beers Carbonation Workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting was attended by world experts on mineral carbonation and related fields. Carlos visited the Voorspoed diamond mine and joined the field trip around Cullinan diamond mine. He presented as excellent talk on the role of cyanobacteria in carbonate precipitation with a focus on microbial surface reactivity. I presented his work on the direct capture of atmospheric CO2 into tailings from the Baptiste deposits in the Decar nickel district in central British Columbia. We learnt a great deal and planned field pilot projects with collaborators Sasha, Greg and Gord. The workshop will no doubt lead to fantastic research in the coming year!
A successful field campaign near Clinton, BC, visiting the many carbonate lakes on the Cariboo Plateau. Thanks to Maija, Sasha, and Nina for organizing such a great trip!