Land Rehabilitation Measures, AMD Controls

Masters project in acid mine drainage prevention technology

Acid mine drainage (AMD) is a major global environmental, health and safety issue. It forms when waste rock from mining operations is exposed to air and water, forming a highly acidic and toxic solution containing high concentrations of dissolved heavy metals and sulphate. Passivating pyrite rock involves altering the surface of the rock to prevent the (bio)geochemical processes which cause AMD to form.

This type of prevention strategy forms a physical barrier on the rock preventing exposure to water, air and/or microorganisms. The project objective is to develop a novel chemical surface coating strategy to passivate pyrite.


From Hubli, India, Monisha started her Bachelor of Engineering in Automobile at B V Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology (BVBCET). On campus, she has worked as a research scholar in the field of material sciences. She is very active in student organisations where she received a Leadership award as a Cultural Secretary, Mar 2016, B.V.Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology and Best Social Worker Award, National Cadet Corps, 2011. She has also organised Technological Festival and numerous Cultural festival activities.

Her journey in Australia started with her Masters in Environmental Management (mining) at The University of Queensland. Her main areas of interest is acid mine drainage controls in land rehab of mining.


Working in collaboration with Kinetic Group Worldwide on a project in acid mine drainage prevention technology.


Monisha is currently on placement with CMLR for her research placement of a coursework degree being mentored by Dr Emma Thompson-Brewster and supervised by Dr Mansour Edraki