Welcome Ramon!

Ramon Abritta Aguiar Santos has joined The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum to start his PhD project «Operation maintenance, and investment strategy for offshore energy hubs”. This project is a part of Horizon 2020 EU project «InnoCyPES: Innovative Tools for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems» (https://innocypes.eu). This is a multidisciplinary project that includes energy, economic, and environmental aspects. Ramon will gather information and develop models and optimal strategies to plan and operate offshore energy hubs. Such systems consist of oil and gas platform, wind power generation, energy storage, etc. In this project, Ramon will cooperate with Equinor, Siemens and will be associated with the BRU21 program – NTNU Research and Innovation Program in Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry.

Ramon has an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, with focus on energy systems, awarded by the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil. He was the main developer of codes to optimize the operation of three Brazilian hydroelectric power plants during his 2.5-year master’s R&D project, which was a work in partnership with a Brazilian electric utility company.

Welcome, Ramon!



Welcome Kornel

Recently Kornel Tobiczyk joined the Mineral Processing Laboratory at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU as Head Engineer. In 2016 Kornel graduated his Master’s at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. In the same year he joined the Department of Mineral Processing at the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Non-ferrous Metals where he became a Senior Specialist. His main focus is ore beneficiation such as flotation, magnetic separation and gravity separations.

Welcome, Kornel!

Welcome Andriani

Andriani Manataki is 24 years old, from Greece and she has just joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Drilling Engineering. Her main supervisor is professor Sigbjørn Sangesland and the co-supervisor is Bob Eden (Managing director / Professor, Rawwater Inc. UK).

Andriani will focus, through her research, on “Applications and properties of bismuth alloys in well completion and well plugging”. She will do experimental work, aiming to evaluate and test bismuth as an alternative sealing material. The research will propose and evaluate applications of bismuth alloys in well completion and P&A, and will model the interaction between bismuth alloy and steel/cement/cap rock formation. This research is part of SFI SWIPA which is an initiative that aims to obtain a scientific understanding of permanent well barriers and allocate for improved well barrier design methodologies.

Andriani has graduated from the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, in National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in Greece, having an integrated Master degree, with specialization in Chemical Metallurgy. Her thesis, about the “Conversion of dawsonite to hydrated alumina”, was undertaken under the supervision of Dimitrios Panias (Professor, NTUA), in the laboratories of metallurgy in NTUA. Her internship was in SINTEF Industry, in the department of Metal Production and Processing, working as a researcher for the “ENSUREAL PROJECT”.

Welcome, Andriani!

Velkommen Kristin!

Kristin Holmøy er ansatt som professor i ingeniørgeologi berg ved instituttet.

Holmøy skal jobbe med undervisning og forskning i faggruppe for ingeniørgeologi og bergmekanikk. Hun har de siste årene jobbet i instituttsektoren (NGI og SINTEF) som forsker og seniorspesialist. Hun ser frem til å kunne bruke erfaringer og nettverket fra bransjen inn i undervisning og forskning. Holmøy ønsker å bidra til at ingeniørgeologi/bergmekanikk i økende grad blir en muliggjørende teknologi i en bærekraftig utvikling.

På fritiden liker Holmøy å holde seg i aktivitet med trening i både sal og basseng, i tillegg til å være en ivrig turgåer.

Velkommen til oss, Kristin!

Welcome Kristoffer

Kristoffer Tesdal Galtung has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum to undertake a PhD in geophysics with Alexey Stovas as his main supervisor and Espen Birger Raknes as co-supervisor. The focus of Kristoffer’s research will be on ray tracing and inversion in anisotropic media, and the research will be conducted at the SFI Center of Geophysical Forecasting, hosted by the Department of Electronic Systems.

Kristoffer has an M.Sc in geophysics from the University of Bergen. The theme of his Master’s thesis was the use of acoustic waves to estimate temperatures in the ocean over large distances. In particular, he worked on forward modelling in the Fram Strait, where the presence of non-geometric arrivals is causing difficulties in analysing the acoustic data.

Welcome, Kristoffer!

Welcome Handita

Handita Reksi Dwitantra Sutoyo has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Petroleum Engineering with supervisor Carl Fredrik Berg and co-supervisor Heiner Schumann from SINTEF Industry. The focus of this PhD will be on reduction of emissions from hydrocarbon production through alternative energy efficient drainage strategies. He has been working as reservoir engineer for 7 years with several companies. Handitas recent experience is with Medco EP Indonesia working in field of reservoir modelling. He had his MSc. from IFP School, France in field of Reservoir and Geoscience Engineering and Petroleum Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung. In addition, he has BSc. from Institut Teknologi Bandung in Petroleum Engineering.

Welcome Handita!

Welcome Özge!

Özge Akyildiz has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Mining Engineering. Supervisor and co supervisor are Hakan Basarir and Steinar Løve Ellefmo, respectively. Her MSc thesis subject was the assessment of the applicability of some empirical equations for the prediction of particle size distribution from blasting in quarries. The thesis covered engineering geological evaluations, image and data analysis. After gaining her MSc degree, she expanded her research interest and focused on the implementation of machine learning algorithms to mining engineering applications. Özge will be working on the modelling and the optimization of blasting operations.

Özge has B.Sc and M.Sc in Mining Engineering from Faculty of Mines, Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). She worked as a research assistant at the Mining Engineering Department for six years and contributed teaching in undergraduate classes such as Rock Mechanics, Mine Production Technology, Blasting Technology and its Applications.

Welcome, Özge!

Welcome Ahmad

Dr. Ahmad Hassanzadeh has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a European Union-founded project (HARARE) in the field of waste valorization, metallurgy and mineral processing. Ahmad intends to selectively separate finely disseminated iron-oxide minerals and calcite using conventional and innovative physical and physicochemical techniques. Through this, Ahmad will introduce sustainable solutions to the metallurgical treatment of Al industry with low CO2 emission and favorable circular economy.

Ahmad has a BSc. in Mining Engineering (Exploration) from Sahand University of Technology (Iran) and pursued his MSc. and PhD. in Mineral Processing at Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman (Iran) and Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). For almost three-years he industrially worked as a process engineer for National Iranian Copper Industries Co (NICICO) and later spent six months as a researcher at Montan University of Leoben (Austria) when he was awarded the Erasmus Exchange Program in 2016. Ahmad moved to Germany in 2017, worked a research associate (Post-Doc) at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). He has published more than 35 peer-reviewed scientific articles (h-index 13, citation 503) in high-prestigious journals in the last five years and won 2020 MEI Young Person´s Award as well as Minerals Travel Award 2020. Since 2019, he is an editor in Physicochemical Problems of Mineral Processing journal. Ahmad speaks five languages fluently as Persian, German, Turkish, English and Azerbaijanian (his mother tongue).

He loves travelling, meeting, socially and culturally interacting with new people, tasting brand new meals and learning some languages while chatting on fascinating scientific themes. He loves playing chess physically or virtually and plying football as his favorite sport in his leisure time.

Welcome Ahmad!

Welcome Mustafa

Mustafa Guner has joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to undertake a 3-year PhD-project in the field of Mineral Processing Engineering. The supervisor is Przemyslaw B. Kowalczuk (Professor, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU) Mustafa’s research “RFC-Upscaling Proposes the Reflux Flotation Cell» aims to evaluate a newly designed flotation machine which is Reflux Flotation Cell (RFC) with the Cu-Ore coming from the copper site of KGHM and flotation parameters will be tested on lab-scale and pilot-scale experiments. Positive or negative consequences of using RFC will be discussed using those data in terms of capacity and recovery increase, water consumption, the content of concentrates and tailings.
The project is funded by EIT Raw Materials and FL Smidth & Co. A/S (Denmark) and KGHM Polska Miedz Spólka Akcyjna (Poland) are partners of the project.
Mustafa has B.Sc and M.Sc in Mineral Processing Engineering from Department of Mineral Processing Engineering, Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). He worked as an R&D Metallurgist in the metallurgical laboratory of a gold production company in Eskisehir (Turkey) for two years.

Welcome, Mustafa!