UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Alexander Norori-McCormac

Teaching Fellow 

Alex received his PhD from the department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College in 2015. He previously received an MSci in Geology from the same department in 2011. Originally from the Isle of Man, Alex has varied interests in earth sciences and chemical engineering, spanning the fields of energy and natural resources at the macro and micro scale. 

Teaching Interests

Alex is a teaching fellow associated primarily with the MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources. He is the co-ordinator and lecturer for two core modules, Minerals usage, extraction and processing (CENGGA02) and Prevention and remediation of environmental contamination (CENGGA03). 

  • CENGGA02 - Mineral extraction and processing, nuclear power, aluminium extraction and processing, shale gas and unconventional fossil fuels.
  • CENGGA03 - Environmental impact assessment, project development, prevention of contamination; mitigation and remediation in natural resource development, extraction and processing. Nuclear waste management. 

Further modules associated with at UCL:

  • CENGGA99 – Dissertation (MSc Global Management) 
  • GEOLG044 – Geology from Global Managers and Engineers

Alex also acts as a primary point of contact for postgraduate students on the programme, aids in programme development and assists in the co-ordination of field excursions. He also has a hand in dissertation planning and skills development for the students.

Alex has a highly diverse teaching background, specialising in geology and minerals processing; branching into environmental science and resource development and management. Teaching and student experience includes delivering modules, individual lectures, setting of assessment and exams, field excursion planning and management, group tutoring, one-to-one tutoring and teaching as well as pastoral support to students. Alex has been recognised for his roles and teaching with several awards and recommendations.

Alex has also been involved with outreach, communicating science and education to primary and secondary students at various schools as well as public outreach through numerous events. He also recognises the importance of industry input into science and engineering programmes, with substantial input from industry into teaching and numerous invited speakers for his modules to reinforce the demands of companies today for graduates. 

Research Interests

  • Mineral processing
  • Froth flotation; particle size effects, design effects
  • Froth stability
  • Experimental design
  • PEPT (Position Emission Particle Tracking)

PhD Thesis: The relationship between particle size, cell design and air recovery: the effect on flotation performance. Awarded September 2015, Imperial College London.

PhD funded by Rio Tinto as part of the Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Recovery. 


  • 2017; FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • 2016; Nominated for Teaching Assistant of the Year – Student academic choice awards, Imperial College Union
  • 2015; Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year – Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College
  • 2015; Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year – Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College
  • 2014; Rio Tinto Safety Prize

Personal Affiliations