Dear colleagues of hand-lens and geological pick – picota (sp.) or marteau (fr.) – in the next 5 years we could be witnessing a paradigm change with respect to the geometallurgical data of the Spatial Read more…
Balz Kamber (TCD)
Balz Kamber is the Chair of Geology and Mineralogy (established 1843). He is a geochemist working on understanding the elemental cycles that operate on the Earth, particularly in the surface environment. His research spans from the very fundamental questions of 'how did the earliest Earth look' to environmental studies on the fate of pollutants in the environment and economically important issues, including the supply of raw materials needed to support renewable technologies. Common to all these investigations is the need for quantitative chemical and isotopic data. His group is active in the development of novel analytical methods that transcend the boundaries between chemistry, geology, material science and environmental science.
He leads a dynamic research group funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the EU's FP7 and H2020 programmes and national funding agencies such as the EPA and GSI. He is committed to the concept of chemical fingerprints, not just in the geosciences but also in archaeology, environmental, ground water, atmospheric and forensic studies. He is the Deputy Director of the Science Foundation Ireland Centre iCRAG and a collaborator in many EU and worldwide networks. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is recognised for his originality and cross-disciplinary approach.
He views the present time as a golden era for the geosciences and is passionate about informing society about the realities of energy supplies and the monumental challenges we are facing in the decades ahead.