Biogeochemistry of trace elements in soil-hyperaccumulator plants systems

Dr Philip Nti Nkrumah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR). His research primarily focusses on the biogeochemistry of trace elements (manganese, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, palladium and platinum) in soil-hyperaccumulator plants systems. Philip has made significant advances in knowledge in the field, including pioneering work on tropical nickel phytomining at a field-scale in Malaysia, providing a full-scale demonstration of the technology in the Asia-Pacific Region. Philip has published the outcomes of his research in leading journals, including Scientific Reports, Plant and Soil, and the Journal of Geochemical Exploration. As of August 2019, Philip has 272 citations from his 30 publications and an h-index of 9 (citation data from Google Scholar).

Philip has project managed a number of industry-funded research projects on rare metallophyte plants. He is currently working on a project ‘Metallophyte plant species and ecotypes at Dugald River - A forgotten resource’ that is being funded by MMG Australia Limited (2018– 2019). He received the prestigious award of ‘UQ Early Career Researcher Grant’ to support his innovative research activities at UQ (January–December 2019). He also won the Sustainable Minerals Institute’s Excellence Award, which allowed him to undertake research in South Africa. These opportunities have enabled him to build expertise and facilities that forms the foundation of his research career.

Apart from his primary research activities (including PhD student mentorship) at CMLR, Philip is also a coordinator and lecturer of the course Environmental Management in Mining at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UQ.


  • Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (2014–2018)
  • French National Research Agency through the national “Investissements d’avenir” program (ANR-10-LABX-21-LABEX RESSOURCES21) (2014–2018)
  • Sustainable Minerals Institute’s Excellence Award (2016)
  • UQ Early Career Researcher Grant (2019)