Project Focus


The focus of the mineral carbonation project at UBC is primarily to document the formation of naturally occurring ultramafic rock related analogs to CO2 sequestration by mineral carbonation. These include carbonate-altered serpentinite (listwanite); the formation of hydromagnesite swamps in ultramafic terranes; and hydromagnesite crusts on serpentine rich mine waste rock such as crystal (white asbestos) mines and kimberlite diamond mines. These and future studies will be undertaken to reveal reaction paths, mechanics and catalysts to drive in situ and industrially accelerated mineral carbonation.