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Vattenfall's award for the best doctoral thesis in 2022

Published: 1 November 2022

Joel Andersson, researcher and assistant university lecturer in ore geology at Luleå University of Technology, is awarded Vattenfall's prize for the best doctoral thesis in 2022.

Joel Andersson's research into how ores are formed is described as internationally ground-breaking and of exceptionally high scientific quality.

"I feel proud and honoured that my research is being recognized in this way. The future of ore geology is very exciting, and it is with great joy that I look forward to new research challenges with ore formation in focus," says Joel Andersson.

"Natural resource issues are only becoming more and more important, not least now that we are facing a resource-intensive transition to fossil-free energy systems. We have lots of questions to answer and very many questions require detailed geological understanding to be able to be answered. Understanding when, where, and how metals and minerals are concentrated in the earth's crust forms the basis for long-term and responsible natural resource management," says Joel Andersson.

Jury motivation

Joel Andersson's research is about tectonic reconstruction of the Svecokarelian orogeny during the Paleoproterozoic, which means reconstruction of how the Earth's plates have moved 1.9 billion years ago and how that has affected ore formation. Andersson has succeeded in combining structural geology and age dating into a structured synthesis of how and when unique rock types and ore have formed in Norrbotten. In addition, the work shows how ore formation in this context is controlled by different deformation phases in the region, which is an important basis for finding more ore deposits. The work is of great scientific relevance as Andersson shows on a large scale how iron ore formation is controlled by an early tectonic phase, something that has not been shown in that way before in the Nordics. The results are of great relevance for mining and exploration companies, for whom the work forms an important basis for future investigation and exploration projects as well as for an assessment of the ore potential throughout Sweden.

Through this, Joel Andersson's work has moved boundaries within the field through a holistic perspective that shows a completely new and original way of thinking about ore formation. In this way, a new area has also been created where a larger context is considered. Andersson's research also has great news value worldwide by increasing the understanding of how ore is formed in different contexts and in different conditions. With his research, Joel Andersson has shown an exceptionally high scientific quality with his five scientific articles, four of which are published in highly ranked journals.

"There are many people I want to thank for good collaborations, everything from my closest colleagues to external co-authors. The doctoral thesis would not have been possible if it were not for my supervisor Tobias Bauer, who worked with me from the start and made tough periods fun. I also want to highlight the chaired professor in Ore Geology Christina Wanhainen, who does an enormous work for the subject, she sets the path for the rest of us," says Joel Andersson.

Joel Andersson

Joel Andersson, Associate Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493549
Organisation: Ore Geology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

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