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Use of B and Li isotopes to better understand the fate of lithium in crustal environments


Project Description

Project Rationale:
Lithium is vital to the production of rechargeable batteries used in a range of products from grid backups to electric vehicles to mobile phones. In the short to the medium term lithium is the one element unlikely to be substituted due to its combination of low atomic mass and high density charge. Lithium is currently exploited from a variety of brine (salar) and hard rock deposit types. Serendipitous discovery of the new and enigmatic Jadar Li-borate deposit, opens up new geological environments with the potential to host significant lithium resources.
Thus it is timely to develop better models for lithium behaviour in the upper crust. This requires an understanding of primary reservoirs of lithium in crustal rocks (magmas, volcanics, sediments), and mechanisms of transport and deposition into economic deposits. Using integrated geochemistry and specifically lithium isotope systematics (coupled with that of Boron, Sr, D and O) will provide the tools by which we might better understand and quantify these processes.

Funding Notes

You can apply for fully-funded studentships (stipend and fees) from INSPIRE if you:
Are a UK or EU national.
Have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK.
Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the project.

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References

Palmer MR & Helvaci C 1997. The boron isotope geochemistry of the Neogene borate deposits of western Turkey. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 61, 3161-3169.
Palmer MR, Helvaci C & Fallick AE 2004. Sulphur, sulphate oxygen and strontium isotopic composition of Cenozoic Turkish evaporates. Chemical Geology, 209, 341-356.

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