Current trends in global populations are leading to increases in worldwide industrial productions and the need for mineral resources. With this increase in demand for mineral resources, the production of waste tailings is increasing and can present major environmental problems if not stored appropriately.

This study aims to identify optimal chemical, physical and biological amendments to transform a tailings material into a medium capable of supporting plant growth while determining effects of capillary break layers between a blended waste cap and tailings residue. The project will analyse potential closure plans suited to the physical and social surrounds of a mining environment.

Funding:  RTP scholarship
Advisors:  Dr Talitha Santini, Prof Susanne Schmidt

Project members

Robyn BOLDY

PhD candidate