UCL Earth Sciences


Abdulkadir Abdulkadir

“Without Rare Earth Elements (REEs) we would not have many of the products we now use"

PhD project title:

Investigation on potential sources of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in Loch Borralan, Northwest Highlands, Scotland: Insight from Geological, Mineralogical and Geochemical Characterisation, and their geochemical behaviour during the mining process.

Abdulkadir Abdulkadir
Project description:

The use of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) is vital in many applications in our modern society and shortage of supply, where the production and entire value chain for these elements are controlled by China. Their REEs reserve is predicted to last another 10 to 20 years which is a global concern. Most of the EU countries and the USA considers the rare earths market an issue of national security.

This study further studies Loch Borralan complex and its associated carbonatites as an important source for these elements. The Borralan complex is an intrusion rock composed of a variety of coarse-grained alkaline rock types which is located in NW of Scotland, the SW corner of the Assynt region.

I am economic geologist interested in the study of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and their chemical behaviour during fenitization processes and mantle metasomatism.