Philip Sibrell


Philip L. Sibrell is a research engineer with the U.S. Geological Survey, at the Leetown Science Center in Kearneysville, WV.  He is currently investigating the application of acid mine drainage residuals for the recovery of phosphate from agricultural and municipal wastewaters.  Prior to his employment with the USGS, Dr. Sibrell worked at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Bureau of Mines, and in the mining industry, as an engineer conducting research in resource recovery and environmental restoration. He is also a professional engineer, and has over 100 publications and presentations.  He received his B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines, and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Utah, all in Metallurgical Engineering.





Selected Publications:

 Plummer, L. N., Sibrell, P. L., Casile, G. C., Busenberg, E., Hunt, A. G. and Schlosser P.  2013.  Tracing groundwater with low-level detections of halogenated VOCs in a fractured carbonate-rock aquifer, Leetown Science Center, West Virginia, USA.  Applied Geochemistry, 33, 260-280.

Sibrell, P. L. and Tucker, T. W.  2012.  Fixed bed sorption of phosphorus from wastewater using iron oxide-based media derived from acid mine drainage.  Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 223:5105-5117. 

Sibrell, P. L., G. A. Montgomery, K. L. Ritenour, and T. W. Tucker.  2009.  Removal of phosphorus from agricultural wastewaters using adsorption media prepared from acid mine drainage sludge, Water Research, 43(8):2240-2250.

Sibrell, P. L.  2009.  Apparatus for removing phosphorus from wastewater.  U.S. Patent No. 7,491,322, February 17, 2009, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Sibrell, P. L., T. W. Tucker, T. Kehler, and J. W. Fletcher.  2008.  Removal of phosphorus from wastewater using Ferroxysorb sorption media produced from AMD sludge.  In Hydrometallurgy 2008, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy, C. A. Young and others, eds., Society for  Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Littleton, Colorado, pp. 86-92.

Sibrell, P. L.  2007.  Method of removing phosphorus from wastewater.  U.S. Patent No. 7,294,275, November 13, 2007, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

Sibrell, P.L., M.A. Chambers, A.L. Deaguero, T.R. Wildeman and D.J. Reisman.  2007.  An innovative carbonate co-precipitation process for the removal of zinc and manganese from mining impacted waters, Environmental Engineering Science, 24(7):885-899.

Robinson, G. R., P. L. Sibrell, C. J. Boughton and L. H. Yang.  2007.  Influence of soil chemistry on metal and bioessential element concentrations in nymphal and adult periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.), Science of the Total Environment, 374:367-378.

Watten, B. J., P. C. Lee, P. L. Sibrell, and M. B. Timmons.  2007.  Effect of temperature, hydraulic residence time and elevated PCO2 on acid neutralization within a pulsed limestone bed reactor, Water Research, 41:1207-1214.

Watten B. J., P. L. Sibrell, and M. F. Schwartz.  2005.  Acid neutralization within limestone sand reactors receiving coal mine drainage.  Environmental Pollution 137:295-304.

Ebeling, J. M., K. L. Rishel, and P. L. Sibrell.  2005.  Screening and evaluation of polymers as flocculation aids for the treatment of aquacultural effluents.  Aquacultural Engineering, 33:235-249.

Watten B. J., P. L. Sibrell, and M. F. Schwartz.  2004.  Effect of acidity and elevated Pco2 on acid neutralization within pulsed limestone bed reactors receiving coal mine drainage.  Environmental Engineering Science 21(6):786-802.

Adler, P. R. and P. L. Sibrell.  2003.  Sequestration of phosphorus by acid mine drainage floc.  J. Environ. Qual., 32:1122-1129.

Hammarstrom, J. M., P. L. Sibrell, and H. E. Belkin.  2003.  Characterization of Limestone Reacted with Acid Mine Drainage in a pulsed limestone bed treatment system at the Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Pennsylvania, USA.  Applied Geochemistry, 18:1705-1721.

Sibrell, P. L., B. J. Watten, A. E. Friedrich, and B. J. Vinci.  2000.  ARD Remediation with Limestone in a CO2 Pressurized Reactor.  In Proceedings, 5th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Denver, Colorado, pp. 1017-1026.

P. L. Sibrell, G. B. Atkinson, and L. A. Walters.  1994.  Cyanide Leaching Chemistry of Platinum-Group Metals.  U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigation 9507, 12 p.

P. L. Sibrell and J. D. Miller.  1992.  Significance of Graphitic Structural Features in Gold Adsorption by Carbon.  Minerals and Metallurgical Processing, November 1992, pp. 29-35.