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Laboratories for QanTmin at LTU installed Photo: Magnus Stenberg, Luleåfotograferna
Laboratories for QanTmin at LTU installed Photo: Magnus Stenberg, Luleåfotograferna View original picture , opens in new tab/window

QanTmin Laboratories

Published: 2 March 2020

Laboratories for quantititative target mineralogy (QanTmin) are now installed in F-building and also open for users after registration.

QanTmin SEM

A  ZEISS Sigma  300  VP  scanning  electron  microscope  (SEM)  for automated quantitative mineralogy has been installed at LTU. This high-end equipment, currently the only one of its kind in Swedish academia, makes it possible to automatically map solid samples and gain multiple information such as precise mineral abundances, liberation factors of target minerals as well as morphological features. Managed by Applied Geochemistry, this powerful QanTmin SEM  has  the  potential  to  become  a  game-changer  in  all  research  fields  where deepgoing quantitative knowledge of target minerals is a key factor. Visit us a F-431 for more information!

QanTmin Hydroseparation

Concentrating  heavy  minerals  in  the  <30  μm  range  is  a  challenging  task.  In  this  size  range, traditional  concentration  methods  often  fail  to  deliver  the  required  results and  hence,  more innovative  approaches  are  needed.  Applied Geochemistry has installed a hydroseparation laboratory that simulates natural beach placers. Using this simple but highly efficient technique, heavy  target  minerals  such  as  gold,  zircons  or  platinum-group  minerals  can  successfully  be concentrated for subsequent detailed mineralogical investigations. 

QanTmin Sample Preparation

Access to highly sophisticated analytical techniques obliges to apply the best possible sample preparation. For that reason, Applied Geochemistry has purchased and  installed  a high-end STRUERS laboratory that offers all options from initial cutting to final polishing. No matter if high-quality polished thin sections for petrographic studies or polished monolayer sections of target mineral concentrates are  needed,  the  QanTmin  Sample  Preparation laboratory has all necessary facilities.

Please feel free to contact us for more information!

Laboratories for QanTmin at LTU installed Photo: Thomas Aiglsperger
Thomas Aiglsperger

Thomas Aiglsperger, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491016
Organisation: Applied Geochemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering