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Bryan R. Bandli, Ph.D.

Mineralogist & Microscopist

Bryan Bandli, Ph.D. is a mineralogist and microscopist with over a decade of practical experience performing microanalytical investigations of a wide variety of materials. He has worked extensively on the characterization of asbestos and mineral fibers using scanning electron microscopy, exploring the application of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques to the identification of particulate matter and asbestos. His past work includes characterization of amphibole minerals contained in vermiculite from Libby, Montana, and airborne particulates produced from taconite mining operations in Minnesota. He has employed various automated scanning electron microscopy systems to characterize both bulk and particulate materials for mining, geology, and stack emission testing projects. Dr. Bandli’s future plans include exploring the possibility of incorporating EBSD for identification of natural occurrences of asbestos and identification of zeolite particles.

Prior to coming to RJ Lee Group, Dr. Bandli managed an analytical laboratory at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he was involved in numerous high-level research projects on a wide range of subjects from biology, ecology, medicine, geology, engineering, and failure analysis. A valuable knowledge resource to both academic and industrial users of the facility, he used his knowledge and experience to apply microscopy and x-ray diffraction techniques to suit their specific needs. In addition to his laboratory work, he taught courses on microscopy and mineralogy to graduate and undergraduate students, and served as a graduate faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences. Dr. Bandli has produced several peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international conferences.


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Education History

  1. 2013

    Ph.D., Geology

    University of Idaho
  2. 2002

    M.S., Geology

    University of Idaho
  3. 2000

    B.S., Soils (Earth Science)

    North Dakota State University

Professional Experience

  1. 2015 - Present
    Principal Investigator
    RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  2. 2013 - 2015
    Research Associate
    University of Minnesota
  3. 2010 - 2013
    University of Minnesota
  4. 2007 - 2008
    Senior Research Scientist
    MVA Scientific Consultants
  5. 2002 - 2007
    Research Microscopist
    MVA Scientific Consultants
  6. 2000 - 2002
    Research Assistant
    University of Idaho
  7. 2000 - 2002
    Teaching Assistant
    University of Idaho


  • Member
    Mineralogical Society of America
  • Member
    Microscopy Society of America
  • Member
    Microanalytical Society