researchers will be cleaning up with clay, in a collaboration
with the University of Tsinghua in Beijing.
project, funded through the department for international
development, will develop the environmental applications
of certain clay minerals, which have properties making
them useful in containing or treating many different
wastes or contaminants. These minerals are rare in
the UK, but found in poor mountainous areas of China's
are (l-r) Tsinghua University's Professor Yuan Guangyu,
Chris McDonald, Zhang Shixen of Xuanhua county people's
government, Hebei Province and site manager Mike Winterbottom,
during a recent visit to Skelton Grange landfill site
well as the scientific and engineering research, the
project will also look at issues such as processing,
manufacture, transport, packaging, installation, investment
and intellectual property rights.
coordinator Dr Chris McDonald said: "The clay
products we hope to develop jointly with the Chinese
will allow countries to tackle their contaminated
land, and provide for proper waste management and
pollution control with considerable benefits for ecology
and community health. Close involvement with product
development will also ensure our scientists and technologists
remain among world leaders in the environmental applications
of clay minerals."
Leeds, the project involves civil engineering, LUBS,
East Asian studies, textiles & design, mining
and mineral engineering and chemistry.