What are you going to work on?
The project is investigating the possibility of biogenic-mediated neoformation of platinum-group minerals (PGM) in lateritic soils in tropical environments. The three main research questions are: (i) how mobile are platinum-group elements (PGE; Os, Ir, Ru, Rh, Pt and Pd) in the supergene environment? (ii) is there a biomarker that proves a (micro-)biological contribution to in-situ PGM neoformation? (iii) do these processes occur in different tropical areas around the globe? In order to answer these questions, we will work with samples from Ni-laterites enriched in PGE from the Caribbean (Dominican Republic), Africa (Tanzania) and Asia (Philippines). Geochemical, mineralogical, isotopic and biological methods will be applied in collaboration with the research groups of Prof. Joaquín Proenza from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and Prof. Robert Duran from the University of Pau (France).
Tell us a little about your background
I´m from Chile where I did my bachelor studies in geology at Andrés Bello University (Chile). I obtained my bachelor’s degree (2017) with research focused on metamorphic rocks and thermodynamic modelling to obtain P-T metamorphic conditions of garnet amphibolites in Patagonia, Chile. In 2020, I obtained my master’s degree in Mineral Resources and Geological Hazards at the University of Barcelona (Spain). My master´s thesis was focused on a mineralogical and geochemical characterization of chromitites and PGM of the Cabo Ortegal Complex, NW Iberia (Spain).
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy running, hiking and playing soccer. During my free times I enjoy listen to music (vinyl format).