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Glenn Bark
Glenn Bark

Glenn Bark

Senior Lecturer
Luleå University of Technology
Ore Geology
Geosciences and Environmental Engineering
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
+46 (0)920 491039
T1336 Luleå

Keywords: gold, ore genesis, trace element, mineralogy, mineral chemistry, automated mineralogy, microanalysis, scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe, laser ablation ICP MS, synchrotron-based nano-XRF, x-ray microtomography, characterization, exploration, environment, recycling, climate, CO2 capture and storage (CCS, BECCS).

I have worked scientifically with gold ore deposits for almost 20 years, focusing on how these deposits have formed, how precious metals occur in nature and how to optimize the extraction of these metals from existing mines. In my research I use different types of microanalytical techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM-EDS/WDS), electron microprobe (EPMA) and Laser Ablation ICP MS, but also more extreme techniques such as synchrotron-based nano-XRF (MAX IV) to look at trace elements in very high spatial resolution. To analyze gold and other minerals results in a potentially more resource efficient and thereby more sustainable mining. If metals now are needed for the green shift these metals should be mined with minimal impact on environment and climate.

A detailed characterization of geological samples also provide important input data in a number of different fields. Research projects that I’m involved in then also relates to the environment (arsenic in mine waste, life cycle analysis of the mining value chain), recycling of metals (gold, silver and rare earth elements in electronic waste), climate (biofuel-related CO2 capture and storage, BECCS, CCS) and others.

Program director for the program area Natural Resources Engineering, covering the programs Civil engineer Natural Resources Engineering and MSc Exploration and Environmental Geosciences.


Article in journal

Extreme-Resolution Synchrotron X-Ray Fluorescence Mapping of Ore Samples (2022)

Warlo. M, Bark. G, Wanhainen. C, McElroy. I, Björling. A, Johansson. U
Ore Geology Reviews, Vol. 140
Article in journal

Fluid and metal sources in the Fäboliden hypozonal orogenic gold deposit, Sweden (2021)

Bark. G, Boyce. A, Fallick. A, Weihed. P
Mineralium Deposita, Vol. 56, nr. 3, s. 425-440
Article in journal

Multi-Scale X-Ray Computed Tomography Analysis to Aid Automated Mineralogy in Ore Geology Research (2021)

Warlo. M, Bark. G, Wanhainen. C, Butcher. A, Forsberg. F, Lycksam. H, et al.
Frontiers in Earth Science, Vol. 9
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Anoxic oceanic conditions during the late Permian mass extinction-evidence from the Chutani formation, Bolivia (2020)

Nina. L, Paula-Santos. G, Sial. A, Bark. G, Wanhainen. C, Jiménez. G, et al.
Journal of South American Earth Sciences, Vol. 103
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Diagenesis of the Pennsylvanian –Lower Permian Copacabana Formation, western Bolivian Altiplano (2020)

Nina. L, Sial. A, Barbosa. A, Neumann. V, Bark. G, Garcia. R, et al.
Journal of South American Earth Sciences, Vol. 100