Research Capabilities

Our group believes that teaching and research are inseparable and complementary goals for the modern research-oriented university.  Strong research keeps classroom instruction relevant, while strong teaching inspires and motivates research.  Using this principle as our motivation, we strive to conduct high-quality and unbiased research which leads to better fundamental understanding and continuous technology development for the mining and related industries.  


The overarching objective of our research is to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of mineral processing operations through the reduction of waste and inefficiencies.   This broad objective thus supports a number more refined goals, specifically in the areas of process modeling and simulation, process technology development, industrial waste recycling and re-utilization, and process optimization.  


From January 2014 to  January 2017, our research program has obtained a personal share of research contracts and grants totaling over $1.1 million.  Sponsors for this research include:
  • US Department of Energy
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
  • National Research Center for Coal and Energy
  • West Virginia Energy Institute
  • West Virginia Coal and Energy Research Bureau
  • West Virginia University Innovation Corporation
  • NASA Headquarters
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Private Industry