Researcher biography

Thomas Ray Jones is a geomicrobiologist specializing in carbon bio-mineralisation, bioleaching, and AMD treatment – with a more recent focus on precipitating bio-carbonate in mined material as a method for carbon sequestration. Thomas' work focusses on the role of micro-organisms through the entire life-of-mine, from exploration through to extraction and remediation. This includes the upscaling of microbially based techniques to be used in industrial settings. Thomas has worked across a range of commodities around the world (REE/Ni in Australia, Fe in Brazil), most recently working with De Beers Group in South Africa. Thomas utilises numerous advanced techniques to understand the complex microbe-mineral interactions that take place in nature, being highly experienced in Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Fluorescence Mapping.