Philip specialises in developing agronomy to improve biomass and nickel yield in tropical ‘metal crops’ used in phytomining

Philip’s research focus is on trace element chemistry in the soil/plant interface, specifically in mineralised soils and hyperaccumulator plants. Philip is part of a team developing tropical agromining/phytomining in the Asia-Pacific Region. He is currently conducting pioneering field experiments in Malaysia using tropical hyperaccumulator plant species. These experiments are the first to fully model uptake and accumulation kinetics of nickel in two tropical plant species over a period of 12-months, against plant nutrition parameters. The outcomes of these experiments will form the core of Philip’s PhD Thesis, and the chapters will be submitted to leading journals in the field ahead of Thesis submission at UQ.

Philip completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana with First Class (Honours), after which he became Teaching/Research Assistant in the university. Because of Philip’s excellent performance, he was offered a scholarship by the Chinese Scholarship Council to pursue a Master’s programme at Hohai University in China, where he graduated with Distinction in MSc Environmental Engineering. Philip then won the prestigious Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship for his PhD studies. 

Philip is currently a PhD candidate with the CMLR at the University of Queensland. Philip has made very impressive progress so far, and recently won a grant (SMI RHD Research Support Scholarship) that enabled him to enhance his research skills at iThemba LABS in South Africa. Philip has presented the progress of his PhD research at international conferences. The French National Research Agency through the national “Investissements d’avenir” program (ANR-10-LABX-21-LABEX RESSOURCES21) also supports Philip’s PhD research. Philip is in the last year of his PhD studies, and aims to undertake post-doctoral studies and ultimately research career in the field of biogeochemistry and restoration of mined sites.

Key Publications

Nkrumah PN, Chaney RL, Morel J-L (2017) Agronomy of ‘metal crops’ used in agromining. (Book Chapter, in press)

Nkrumah PN, Echevarria G, Erskine PD, Van der Ent A (2017) Phytomining: using plants to extract valuable metals from mineralised wastes and uneconomic resources. (Book Chapter, in press)

Nkrumah PN, Baker AJM, Chaney RL, Erskine PD, Echevarria G, Morel J-L, Van der Ent A (2016) Current status and challenges in developing nickel phytomining: an agronomic perspective. Plant Soil 406:55–69

Nkrumah PN, Erskine PD, Echevarria G, Van der Ent A (2016) Progress in tropical nickel phytomining. Proceedings Life-of-Mine 2016 Conference, pp 135–137 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne)

Funding

Chinese Scholarship Council (2011–2014)
Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (2014 TO DATE)