PhD 2010 BSc Geology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
2011 BSc Hons. Geochemistry, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Thesis title: Naturally carbonated dolerite dykes in the Karoo coal measures, South Africa
Research Supervisor: Prof. David L. Reid
2014 MSc Eng. in Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Thesis title: An investigation into the dissolution of pyroxene: A precursor to mineral carbonation of PGM tailings in South Africa
Research Supervisors: Dr. Megan Becker, Dr. Jennifer Broadhurst, and Prof. David L. Reid
This PhD project is entitled “Diamonds and their syngenetic inclusions from the Koffiefontein mine, South Africa.” This research aims to identify the role of ultra-deep diamonds and their relationship to high value diamonds at the Koffiefontein mine, with ferropericlase being the main mineral of interest. This will be achieved through characterisation of the host diamond with nitrogen aggregation state and carbon isotopes, as well as chemical classification of the included silicate, oxide, and sulphide minerals on the microprobe. Lastly, Re-Os dating of the sulphides will provide further insights on the timing for the formation of the diamonds within the Koffiefontein pipe. This research marks the first in-depth study of the ultra-deep diamonds and the ferropericlase inclusions at Koffiefontein since they were first described in the early 80s.
Funding for this project is provided by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) through the Doctoral Scholarship Abroad programme.