Dr. Bob Kleinmann has been a practicing environmental geologist for his entire professional career.He is particularly well known for his groundbreaking research and innovative contributions in controlling acid mine drainage. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications on mining and environmental technology.
He is long-time Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly peer-reviewed journal, Mine Water and the Environment, and assists clients as a private geochemistry consultant, as time allows.
Ph.D. Princeton University
M.S. Geology, Princeton
B.S. Geology, Penn State
Bob retired from government service. He led research efforts at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the U.S. Bureau of Mines.
His Ph.D. research was the first to establish that iron-oxidizing bacteria play a major role in the generation of acid mine drainage.
After grad school, Bob was hired by the U.S. Bureau of Mines, where he played a pioneering role in the development of passive treatment of mine water and eventually oversaw the successful coal-related environmental research program.
At NETL, Bob initially supervised the in-house environmental research program, which was focused on solving water and air pollution problems associated with the extraction and use of fossil energy.
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) U.S. Department of Energy
Division Director, Environmental Management Division At the Department of Energy's Environmental Management Division, Bob directed in-house research on reducing air pollution associated with power generation and water pollution associated with fossil energy extraction and utilization. Among the group's accomplishments: they developed technology to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Division Director, Geoscience Division Bob's group addressed water pollution issues associated with oil and natural gas production in addition to developing and evaluating various approaches to safely and economically sequester carbon dioxide underground. Division researchers successfully modeled underground flow of carbon dioxide and used laboratory and field tests to evaluate potential storage reservoirs and to consider potential problems, including leakage through well casing, leakage through cap rock, and long-term stability factors.