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Award for a PhD student in ore geology

Published: 15 February 2016

Friederike Minz, a doctoral student in the Division of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded The Mann Redmayne Medal: Applied Earth Science. Friederike researching Rockliden, Västernorrland only known massive sulphide ore. The ore was found in the mid-eighties by Boliden AB.

–  I was very surprized to be recognized in this way, says Friederike Minz.

Besides the base metals copper and zinc, the massive sulphide ore of the Rockliden deposit contain minor and trace elements which will be critical to the quality of processing products, both concentrates and tailings. The importance of providing detailed mineralogical information on the ore to all processing steps is highlighted in this study and results of the ore characterisation are presented in the awarded article.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. It exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community.

The award is for published work that covers scientific and technological aspects of a spectrum of material types. The award is made for publications of particular merit, in the form of papers, or groups of papers, published by the Institute in journals within a two-year period preceding the year of the award. A particular emphasis of the award is to recognize and encourage the achievements of scientists and technologists in the early stages of their careers.

The award is to a member of IOM3 or AusIMM for the best paper published in IMM Transactions – (B) Applied Earth Science. The medal and certificate will be presented to the first author with preference to research students. A certificate will be provided to all other authors. The award is supported jointly with AusIMM.