Dr Alicja Lacinska


Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3284

E-mail Dr Alicja Lacinska

Published outputs


  • 2012 –2015 : PhD, Mineralogical and experimental study of serpentine minerals and ultramafic rocks with application to carbon capture and storage by mineralisation. (British Geological Survey and Nottingham University, NCCCS)
  • 2007 – ongoing : Mineralogist/Petrologist, BGS
  • 2004 –2007 : Land Surveyor, Centre Line Surveys
  • 2003 : MSc Mineralogy and Geochemistry, University of Silesia

Professional association

  • Member of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland; Committee member of the Applied Mineralogy Group

Research interests

  • The effect of crystal structure and chemistry on functional properties of minerals and other materials
  • Natural and experimental fluid-rock interactions and induced compositional, textural and structural transformations
  • Mineral deposits and their origin
  • CO2 sequestration by mineralisation of serpentinites and ultramafic rocks


  • Mineralogical/petrographical studies using optical microscopy, SEM, FTIR, XRD, EPMA. Fluid-rock interaction experiments and analysis of post-test materials.

Key papers

Lacinska AM, Styles MT, Bateman K, Hall M and Brown PD. 2017. An Experimental Study of the Carbonation of Serpentinite and Partially Serpentinised Peridotites. Deep Carbon in Earth: Early Career Scientist Contributions to the Deep Carbon Observatory. Front. Earth Sci. 5:37. doi: 10.3389/feart.2017.00037

Paul A.J. Lusty, Alicja M. Lacinska, Ian L. Millar, Craig D. Barrie, Adrian J. Boyce. 2017. Volcanological and environmental controls on the Snowdon mineralization, North Wales, UK: A failed volcanogenic massive sulfide system in the Avalon Zone of the British Caledonides. Ore Geology Reviews 89, 557-586

Alicja M. Lacinska, Michael T. Styles, Keith Bateman, Doris Wagner, Matthew R. Hall,Charles Gowing, Paul D. Brown. 2016. Acid-dissolution of antigorite, chrysotile and lizardite for ex situ carbon capture and storage by mineralisation. Chemical Geology 437, 153-169

Sanna A, Xialong W, Lacinska A, Styles M, Paulson T, Maroto-Valer M. 2013. Enhancing Mg extraction from lizardite-rich serpenite for CO2 mineral sequestration. Minerals Engineering 49, pp 135-144

Styles MT, Sanna A, Lacinska AM, Naden J, Maroto-Valer M. 2014. The variation in composition of ultramafic rocks and the effect on their suitability for carbon dioxide sequestration by mineralisation following acid leaching. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 4, 1-12.

Lacinska AM, Styles MT and Farrant AR. 2014. Near-surface diagenesis of ophiolite-derived conglomerates of the Barzaman Formation, United Arab Emirates: a natural analogue for permanent CO2 sequestration via mineral carbonation of ultramafic rocks. Tectonic Evolution of the Oman Mountains, Geological Society Special Publication, 392, pp 343-360

Sanna A, Lacinska A, Styles M and Maroto-Valer M. 2014. Silicate rock dissolution by ammonium bisulphate for pH swing mineral CO2 sequestration. Fuel Processing Technology, 120, pp 128-135

Milodowski AE, Rochelle CA, Lacinska A and Wagner D. 2011. A natural analogue study of CO2-cement interaction: carbonation of calcium silicate hydrate-bearing rocks from Northern Ireland. Energy Procedia 4, pp 5235-5242

Hughes, H; Goodenough, K; Walters, A; McCormac, M; Gunn, G; Lacinska, A. The structure and petrology of the Cnoc nan Cuilean Intrusion, Loch Loyal Syenite Complex, NW Scotland. Geological Magazine, 150 (5), 783-800

Walters, A.S.; Goodenough, K.M.; Hughes, H.S.R.; Roberts, N.M.W.; Gunn, A.G.; Rushton, J.; Lacinska, A. Enrichment of Rare Earth Elements during magmatic and post-magmatic processes: a case study from the Loch Loyal Syenite Complex, northern Scotland. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 2013, 166, (4), 1177-1202

Lacinska AM and Styles MT. 2013. Silicified serpentinite - a residuum of a Tertiary palaeo-weathering surface in the United Arab Emirates. Geological Magazine, 150 (3), pp 385-395

Pearce JM, Kirby GA, Lacinska A, Bateson L, Wagner D, Rochelle CA and Cassidy M. 2011. Reservoir-scale CO2-fluid rock intweractions; preliminary results from field investigations in the Paradox Basin, south east Utah. Energy Procedia 4, pp 5058-5065.

Bateman K, Rochelle C, Lacinska A and Wagner D. 2011. CO2-porewater-rock reactions – Large scale column experiment (Big Rig II). Energy Procedia, 4, pp 4937-4944

Coombs P, west JM, Wagner D, Turner G, Noy DJ, Milodowski AE, Lacinska A, Harrison H and Bateman K. 2008. Influence of biofilms on transport of fluids in subsurface granitic environments – some mineralogical and petrographical observations of materials from column experiments. Mineralogical Magazine, 72, pp 393-397.

Lacinska AM, Styles MT, Naden J, Kemp SJ, Maroto-Valer M, Hall MR and Brown PD. Mineralogical characterisation of serpentine minerals in the context of carbon capture and storage by mineralisation. Preliminary results. 2013. Conference Proceedings, 4th International Conference on Accelerated carbonation for Environmental and Materials Engineering, Leuven, Belgium.