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Dr Carlito Tabelin

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Carlito is an environmental geochemist with interests in sustainable mine waste management, prevention/control of acid mine/rock drainage (AMD/ARD), contaminant geochemistry, rock/soil-water interactions, geochemical & reactive transport modelling, environmental electrochemistry and remediation of contaminated sites. He has more than 10 years of experience working with the mining industry to find ways to limit the negative impacts of mine...view more
Carlito is an environmental geochemist with interests in sustainable mine waste management, prevention/control of acid mine/rock drainage (AMD/ARD), contaminant geochemistry, rock/soil-water interactions, geochemical & reactive transport modelling, environmental electrochemistry and remediation of contaminated sites. He has more than 10 years of experience working with the mining industry to find ways to limit the negative impacts of mine wastes and drainages on the environment. 
His research group developed galvanic microencapsulation (GME), a novel passivation technique that specifically targeted pyrite and encapsulates it with metal-oxyhydroxide/oxide coatings to limit AMD formation. He was also instrumental in further developments to the patented carrier microencapsulation (CME) technique, including the development of a simple method to synthesise titanium-, aluminium- and iron-catecholate complexes and the detailed evaluation of how metal-organic complexes interact with sulphide minerals.
Currently, his research themes are on developing innovative ways to recover critical metals and valuable materials from tailings, mine drainage and E-wastes.

My Grants


My Qualifications

  • Assistant Professor, Sustainable Resources Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan (2014-2019)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Mitsubishi Materials Corporation Endowed Program, Hokkaido University, Japan (2011-2013)
  • PhD, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan (2011)

My Awards

  • 2019 | Journal of Materials Transactions’ Best Paper Award (“Galvanic microencapsulation (GME) using zero-valent aluminum and zero-valent iron to suppress pyrite oxidation”)
  • 2019 | Best Oral Presentation Award – 2019 International Conference on Advances in Civil and Ecological Engineering Research (ACEER)
  • 2016 | Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing – Chemosphere (Elsevier)
  • 2014 | Best Paper Award – 13th Global Joint Seminar on Geo-environmental Engineering (Sapporo, Japan)
  • 2013 | The Outstanding MSU-IIT Alumni (TOMA) of the year – Mindanao State University–Iligan Institute of Technology (Philippines)
  • 2012 | Best Presentation Award – 4th AUN/SEED-net International Conference on Geological Engineering (Vientiane, Lao PDR)
  • 2008 | Japanese Government MEXT (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship (PhD), English Graduate Program in Socio-Environmental Engineering
  • 2006 | Japanese Government MEXT (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship (Master of Engineering), English Graduate Program in Socio-Environmental Engineering

My Research Activities

Current research projects:
  • Recovery of valuable metals from mine waste streams
  • Direct passivation of sulphide minerals to prevent acid mine drainage formation
  • Repurposing mine tailings as geopolymer materials
  • Separation and recovery of mixed-plastic wastes using gravity, bubbles and water pulsation
  • Gold recovery from E-wastes and waste streams using novel, non-toxic techniques
For interested applicants, please complete the UNSW self-assessment using '1050' as Program Code for PhD (Mining Engineering) prior to contacting me. Also, visit the UNSW Graduate Research page for more information on how to apply.

My Engagement

  • Hokkaido University, Japan | Gold hydrometallurgy; AMD prevention and control 
  • Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Korea | Cobalt hydrometallurgy
  • Chulalongkorn University, Thailand | E-waste recycling
  • Vietnam National University - HCMC, Vietnam | Arsenic and fluoride in Groundwater
  • De La Salle University, Philippines | Innovative AMD treatment technologies
  • Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines | Bioindicators in mining
  • Central Mindanao University, Philippines | Gold mine tailings repurposing via geopolymerisation; Soil pollution in artisanal and small scale mines

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Location

Old Main Building, Level 1 Room 159C

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 7946