Critical elements are crucial to the development of technology in modern society.
The Museum's extensive ore and mineral collections hold important information about the distribution of critical elements (CE) in Earth's rocks.
We are using Museum collections and a focused research programme to develop strategies for the sustainable use of Earth's natural resources.
Our studies include lithium, cobalt, scandium, gallium, indium, selenium, tellurium and rare earth elements.
Research projects and collaborations
The Museum is working with industrial and academic partners to develop new exploration tools that will help locate metal resources in volcanic arcs by understanding the fundamental processes involved in cycling magmas, fluids and metals in these zones.
CERCAMS is a centre for research on the geodynamics and metallogenesis of the former Soviet Union and its neighbouring territories, including China and Mongolia.
- Richard Herrington
Aspects of mineralogy and links to mineral processing.
- Reimar Seltmann
Rare-metal-bearing magmatic-hydrothermal systems.
- Robin Armstrong
Origin of the Jadar lithium-boron deposit.
- Alla Dolgopolova
Rare earth elements and gallium in laterites and bauxites of Kazakhstan.
- Chris Stanley
Mineralogy of selenium and tellurium deposits.
- Paul Schofield
- Jamie Wilkinson
Research leader in mineral deposits.