Prof. Dr. R.D. SchuilingProf. Dr. R.D. Schuiling (33517 bytes)

Department of Earth Sciences - Geochemistry
Faculty of Geosciences
Utrecht University
P.O. Box 80.021
3508 TA Utrecht
The Netherlands

+31 30 253.5006(phone)
+31 30 253.5302 (Fax)


Personal address:
Halleylaan 10
3721 TH Bilthoven

Position: Chair Geochemistry (emeritus from march 1997)


Curriculum Vitae

Date of birth: 26-02-1932
Place of birth: Arnhem




Obtained doctoral degree in 1957; majored in Petrology, with secondary subjects Geophysics and Structural Geology. Worked in 1954 3 months in a German lead-zinc mine, and took part in a geophysical expedition on board of a submarine of the Royal Dutch Navy


PhD with mention "cum laude"




Exploration geologist with Maden Tetkik Arama Enstitüsü (Geological Survey of Turkey), with a 3 month interruption in 1961 as research fellow of the German Research Organisation.


Scientist at Utrecht University, in charge of setting up and running a high pressure/high temperature laboratory


NATO Research Fellow at Princeton University, USA


(retired in 1997)Full professor of geochemistry and experimental petrology at Utrecht University.


Part-time lecturer environmental geochemistry at IHE/Delft.


Senior officer of UNESCO, to give a course to geologists of the Geological Survey of Greece.

1996-March 2003

Part-time professor of geochemical engineering at IHE/Delft


Professional interests:

Although the early scientific career was mainly directed towards (experimental) petrology, environmental geochemistry became increasingly more important from 1970 onwards. This has led to the development of a number of environmental technologies, based on optimization of natural geochemical processes. Some of the larger projects include:


The application of natural processes to solve environmental problems has been defined as "Geochemical Engineering"; the subject was formalized in a paper by Schuiling in 1990 in Applied Geochemistry ("Geochemical Engineering; some thoughts on a new research field").
Approximately 50 PhD-students have obtained their degree under his supervision.
Of special interest to the present project are the years spent in mining exploration as well as visits to mining districts all over the world (India, Philippines, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, several countries of the EC). Noteworthy is a NATO-sponsored inspection tour of mining wastes in Southern Poland.


Some recent publications

Zepeng Xiao, Jonckbloedt, R.C.L. and Schuiling, R.D. (1999) Neutralization of waste acids with olivine-dissolution in organically contaminated acids. Chem.Erde vol 59, p 33-45

Schuiling, R.D. and Andrade, A. (1999) Recovery of struvite from calf manure. Environm.Techn., vol 20, p 765-768

Gaballah, I., Hage, J.L.T., Kanari, N., Schuiling, R.D., van Enk, R., Vinals, J. (1999) Coprocessing of industrial wastes and rural organic residues by hydrothermal treatment. in Vol.III, Proc.REWAS '99, Global symposium on recycling, waste treatment and clean technology. San Sebastian, p 1827-1836

Hage, J.L.T., Reuter, M.A., Schuiling, R.D. and Ramtahalsing, I.S. (1999) Reduction of copper with cellulose in an autoclave; an alternative to electrolysis? Minerals Engineering, vol 12, no 4, p 393-404

Hage, J.L.T., Schuiling, R.D. and Vriend, S.P. (1999) Production of magnetite from sodiumjarosite under reducing hydrothermal conditions. The reduction of FeIII to FeII with cellulose. Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly,vol 38, nr 4, p 267-276

Schmidt, A.P., Hartog, F.A., van Os, B.J.H. and Schuiling, R.D. (2000) Production of 210Pb from a Slochteren Sandstone gas reservoir. Appl.Geoch. vol 15, p 1317-1329

Hage, J.L.T. and Schuiling, R.D. (2000) Comparative column elution of jarosite waste and its autoclaved product - evidence for the immobilization of deleterious elements in jarosite. Minerals Engineering, vol 13, no 3, p 287-296

Mambote, R.C.M., Reuter, M.A., Krijgsman, P. and Schuiling, R.D. (2000) Hydrothermal metallurgy: an overview of basic concepts and applications. Minerals Engineering, vol 13, no 8-9, p 803-822

Kloprogge, J.T., Schuiling, R.D., Zhe Ding, Hickley, L, Wharton, D and Frost, R.L. (2001) Vibrational spectroscopic study of syngenite formed during the treatment of liquid manure with sulphuric acid. Vibrational Spectroscopy, vol 852, p 1-13

Schuiling, R.D. (2001) Olivine, the miracle mineral. Mineralogical Journal (Ukraine), vol 23, nr 5/6, p 81-83

Andrade, A. and Schuiling, R.D. (2001) The chemistry of struvite crystallization. Mineralogical Journal (Ukraine), vol 23, nr 5/6, p 37-46

Ding, M., Schuiling, R.D., Van der Sloot, H.A. (2002) Self-sealing isolation and immobilization: a geochemical approach to solve the environmental problem of waste acidic jarosite. Appl.Geoch., vol 17, nr 2, p 93-104

Genc, H., Tjell, J.C., McConchie, D. and Schuiling, R.D.(2003). Adsorption of arsenate from water using neutralized red mud. J. Colloid and Interface Science, vol 264, p 327-334