Chris Bryan

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Dr Chris Bryan

Lecturer in Sustainable Mining and Mineral Resourcing


I study the world’s smallest miners. As a microbiologist, I investigate microbial populations which biomine for valuable metals. My research looks at these populations' structures and interactions, and at how to influence their actions. Other projects have focused on e-waste biotreatment and ground water recovery.

I am also a member of the Mining and Minerals Engineering department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

You can find out more by watching this two-minute video of me explaining my work.

Research interests

  • Biohydrometallurgy, particularly the biological, chemical, and physical interactions involved in the dissolution of metal-bearing minerals
  • The microbial populations associated with mine wastes which cause acid mine drainage (AMD)

Current projects

  • ExtRACT: Exeter remediation of acid mine drainage and recovery of combustibles and metals
  • High temperature bioleaching
  • Biomining mine wastes
  • Development of a biokinetic test for the prediction of AMD from mine wastes


2006 PhD in Environmental and Molecular Microbiology (University of Wales, Bangor)
2001 BSc Microbiology (University of Nottingham)


2012 Lecturer, University of Exeter
2011-2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Curtin University
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cape Town

Contact details

Telephone  +44 (0) 1326 259482
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute  
Room 1.06

University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE