Tuesday 8:45 Robert Kleinmann, Director, Geoseciences Division, Dept of Energy
Robert Kleinmann, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Kleinmann currently directs the Geosciences Division
of the U. S. Dept. of
His interest in environmental geology started as an undergraduate at Penn State, and continued as a grad student where he like the idea that researching acid mine water drainage required interdisciplinary skills rather than the highly specialized skill that most graduate work entails. That thesis research resulted in a patent whose basis is that Fe oxidizing bacteria are responsible for pyrite oxidation and resultant AMD. He developed a technique to inhibit these bacteria that is still in use today. Bob was hired in 1979 by the old Bureau of Mines to start an acid mine water research group. In 1980, Bob was involved in one of the first passive treatment attempts using sphagnum moss to treat small seeps in Ohio. This approach was a precursor to the development of constructed wetlands that encourages bacteria to flourish and metabolize metals.
Dr. Kleinmann is active in the American Society of Mining and Reclamation
and serves as Vice-president of the International Mine Water Association.
He is also editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal Mine Water and
the Environment and has published over 100 technical articles on
the subject of AMD.