Professor Allan Pring


College of Science and Engineering

place Physical Sciences (203)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I grew up in Melbourne where at primary school I started collecting rocks and minerals and from this a life long interest in minerals developed. I did a degree in Chemistry and Geology at Monash University and I designed my own honours project in chemistry looking at the crystal structure of some rare sulfide minerals. After doing geology at Monash, I decided that minerals were more interesting when considered a naturally occuring inorganic compounds rather than geological materials and my focus turned to Chemical Mineralogy.

I won a grant to do a Ph.D. in the Department of Phyiscal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Prof Sir John M Thomas. I was also a member of King's college, Cambridge. My thesis topic was a study of the crystal chemistry of caseuim and barium in mineral amd ceramics and application to the immboilization of high level nuclear waste. I returned to Australia in 1983 and took up a position as mineralogist at the South Australian Museum in 1984. This was largely a research position and this enabled me to undertake a wide range of mineralogical research on minerals, particularly sulfide minerals. At the same time I held affliated and adjunct positions in all three Universities in Adelaide. I have been fortuante to have continous financial support from the Australian Research Council. While at the SA Museum I supervised or co-supervised over 20 Ph.D. students and 10 post doctorail research fellows. In 2014 I joined Flinders University as Professor of Chemical Mineralogy.

I retired from Flinders University in June 2020 and now have an adjunct position at Flinders and also in the Department of Earh Sciences, University of Adelaide. 

I am no lonnger taking research students.


B.Sc (Hons) Monash (1979)

Ph.D. Cambridge (1983)

Sc.D. Cambridge (2006)

Honours, awards and grants

Alexander vobn Humbold Reseach Fellow, University of Hamburg (1993)

Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge (1999-2000)

John Sanders Medal, Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society of Australia (2005)

Verco medal, Royal Society of South Australia (2006)

Fianlist, South Australian Scientist of the year (2010)

Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America (1995)

Supervisory interests
Materials chemistry
Solid state chemistry
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: iron copper sulphides through the use of X-ray spectroscopy (1)
Principal supervisor: Fluid rock interactions in geothermal systems in the Cooper Basin (Univ of Adelaide) (1), Formation of pyrite under hydrothermal conditions (Univ. of South Australia) (1), Hydrothermal mineral replacement reactions and the scavenging of uranium (Univ of Adelaide) (1)
Associate supervisor: metals in hydrothermal fluids ab inito molecular dynamics simulations (Univ. of Adelaide) (1), X-ray absorption spectroscopy of metals in hydrothermal fluids (Univ of Adelaide) (1), mineral separation of Zinc and Lead ores Univ of South Australia) (1)