Faculty of Science and Technology

Stafford McKnight - Research

Current research projects

  1. Rare metal pegmatites of Eastern Victoria
  2. Granite hosted molybdenum mineralisation in Central Victoria
  3. X-ray diffraction analysis of low grade metamorphic and alteration mineral assemblages

Research publications

  1. Jansen, N.H., Cooke, D.R., Harris, A.C., Mcknight, S.W 2017. Near-infrared effectiveness on degraded core in tropical climates. Economic Geology, 112 (4), pp. 1011-1019.
  2. Martin R., Dowling K., Nankeris S., Pearce D., Florentine S., McKnight S. 2017. In vitro assessment of arsenic mobility in historical mine waste dust using simulated lung fluid
  3. F.P. Bierlein, N. Reynolds, D. Arne, C. Bargmannc, S. McKeag, W. Bullena, H. Al-Athbaha, S. McKnight, R.Maas. 2016 Petrogenesis of a Neoproterozoic magmatic arc hosting porphyry Cu-Au mineralization at Jebel Ohier in the Gebeit Terrane, NE Sudan. 2016 Ore Geology Reviews 79 133-154
  4. Kaushik, P., Dowling, K., McKnight, S., Barrow, C., Adhikari, B. 2016 Microencapsulation of flaxseed oil in flaxseed protein and flaxseed gum complex coacervates. Food Research International. 86 1-8.
  5. Bierlein, F.P., McKeag, S., Reynolds, N., Bargmann, C.J., Bullen, W. Brauhart, C., Potma, W., Meffre, S., McKnight, S. 2016. The Jebel Ohier deposit—a newly discovered porphyry copper–gold system in the Neoproterozoic Arabian–Nubian Shield, Red Sea Hills, NE Sudan. Mineralium Deposita 51 713-724.
  6. Martin, R., Dowling, K., Pearce, D.C., Florentine, S., McKnight, S., Stelcer, E., Cohen, D.D., Stopic, A., Bennett, J.W. 2016 Trace metal content in inhalable particulate matter collected from historical mine waste deposits using a laboratory-based approach. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 1-15.
  7. Kaushik, P., Dowling, K., McKnight, S., Barrow, C.J., Wang, B., Adhikari, B. 2016 Preparation, characterization and functional properties of flax seed protein isolate. Food Chemistry 197 212-220
  8. Eagle, R.M., Birch, W.D., McKnight, S. 2015 Phosphate minerals in granitic pegmatites from the mount wills district. north-eastern Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 127 (2) 55-68.
  9. Eratte, D., McKnight, S., Gengenbach, T.R., Dowling, K., Barrow, C.J., Adhikari, B.P. 2015. Co-encapsulation and characterisation of omega-3 fatty acids and probiotic bacteria in whey protein isolate–gum Arabic complex coacervates. Journal of Functional Foods 19 882-892.
  10. Muscat, D., Adhikari, R., Tobin, M.J., McKnight, S., Wakeling, L., Adhikari, B. 2014 Effect of spatial distribution of wax and PEG-isocyanate on the morphology and hydrophobicity of starch films Carbohydrate Polymers. 111 333-347
  11. Jiang, H., Zhang, M., McKnight, S., Adhikari, B. 2013 Microencapsulation of α-Amylase by Carrying Out Complex Coacervation and Drying in a Single Step Using a Novel Three-Fluid Nozzle Spray Drying. Drying Technology 31 (16) 1901-1910
  12. Muscat, D., Adhikari, R., McKnight, S., Guo, Q., Adhikari, B. 2013 The physicochemical characteristics and hydrophobicity of high amylose starch-glycerol films in the presence of three natural waxes. Journal of Food Engineering 119 (2) 205-219
  13. Joshi, M., Aldred, P., McKnight, S., Panozzo, J.F., Kasapis, S., Adhikari, R., Adhikari, B. 2013 Physicochemical and functional characteristics of lentil starch Carbohydrate Polymers 92 (2) 1484-1496.
  14. Porritt, L.A., Cas, R.A.F., Schaefer, B., McKnight, S.W. 2012 Textural analysis of strongly altered kimberlite: Examples from the Ekati diamond mine, Northwest Territories, Canada. Canadian Mineralogist 50 (3) 625-641
  15. Berry, R., Hunt, J., McKnight, S. 2011 Estimating mineralogy in bulk samples. GeoMet 2011 - 1st AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference. 153-156
  16. Chang, Z., Hedenquist, J.W., White, N.C., Cooke, D.R., Roach, M., Deyell, C.L., Garcia Jr., J., Gemmell, J.B., McKnight, S., Cuison, A.L. 2011 ; Exploration tools for linked porphyry and epithermal deposits: Example from the Mankayan intrusion-centered Cu-Au district, Luzon, Philippines. Economic Geology 106 8 1365-1398 Economic Geology 106 (8) 1365-1398.
  17. Carey, S.P., Camens, A.B., Cupper, M.L., Grün, R., Hellstrom, J.C., McKnight, S.W., Mclennan, I., Pickering, D.A., Trusler, P., Aubert, M. 2011 A diverse Pleistocene marsupial trackway assemblage from the Victorian Volcanic Plains, Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews 30 591-610
  18. Hough, M.A., Bierlein, F.P., Ailleres, L., McKnight, S. 2010 Nature of gold mineralisation in the Walhalla Goldfield, southeast Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. 57 (7) 969-992.
  19. Wilson, C.J.L., McKnight, S.W., Dugdale, A.L., Rawling, T.J., Farrar, A.D., McKenzie, M.J., Melling, W.D. 2009 Illite crystallinity and the b-spacing values of white micas and their implications for gold mineralisation in the Lachlan Orogen. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. 56 (8) 1143-1164
  20. Koroznikova, L., Klutke, C., McKnight, S., Hall, S. 2008 The use of low-toxic heavy suspensions in mineral sands evaluation and zircon fractionation. 2008 Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 108 (1) 25-33
  21. Evins, P. M.; Wilde, A. R.; Foster, DRW; McKnight, SW., Blenkinsop. 2007 Significance of monazite EPMA ages from the Quamby Conglomerate, Queensland. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 54 (1): 19-26.
  22. Whittam, RR; Bierlein, FP; McKnight, S. 2006 Leven Star deposit: an example of Middle to Late Devonian intrusion-related gold systems in the western Lachlan Orogen, Victoria Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 53 (2): 343-362.
  23. Bierlein, F.P. & McKnight, S. 2005 Possible Intrusion-related Gold Systems in the Western Lachlan Orogen, S.E. Australia. Economic Geology v.100 pp 385-398
  24. Spaggiari, C.V., Gray, D. R., Foster, D. A & McKnight S. W. 2003 Evolution of the Boundary Between the Western and Central Lachlan Orogen: Implications for the Tasmanide Tectonics. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 50, 725-749.
  25. Bierlein, F.P.; Christie, A.B.; McKnight, S. 2002. The Fosterville (central Victoria, Australia) and Globe-Progress (Reefton, South Island, New Zealand) deposits; examples of shear zone-related disseminated-style gold systems in low-grade metamorphic terrains. Abs. Geological Society of America, 34(6), p.141; Geological Society of America, 2002 annual meeting, Denver, CO, Oct. 27-30, 2002. Pub. GSA.
  26. Bierlein, F.P., McKnight, S., Radojkovic, A.; Witham, R.; Waldron. 2002. Atypical gold mineralisation at Malmsbury; the case for intrusion-related ore systems in the western Lachlan Orogen. Abs - Geological Society of Australia, Vol.67, p.275; 16th Australian geological convention, Adelaide, South Aust., Australia, July 1-5, 2002, edited by V.P. Preiss. Publisher: Geological Society of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.
  27. F. P. Bierlein, M. J. Hughes, J. Dunphy and S. McKnight. 2002. Tectonic and economic implications of trace element, 40Ar/39Ar and Sm-Nd data from mafic dykes associated with orogenic gold minerals in central Victoria, Australia: reply Lithos Vol 63 Nos1-2 119-123
  28. Bierlein, Frank P. Wilde, Andrew; Maher, Simon: Fulton, Russell; McKnight, Stafford & Smith Paul K. 2000. Disseminated sediment-hosted gold mineralization; a new type of ore deposit in slate belts? Abs. Geological Society of Australia Vol. 59, pp. 36.

Professional memberships and associations

  • Australian X-ray Analytical Association
  • Australian Institute of Geoscientists
  • Geological Society of Australia
  • Society of Economic Geologists
  • Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits
  • Geochemical Society
  • Specialist Group in Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society

Consulting and other activities

Active consultant to the Australian minerals and ceramic industries