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Gold Insight

Published: 22 November 2019

Tracing Gold-Copper-Zinc with advanced microanalysis

The proposed research will contribute to the challenge of securing primary resources by developing innovative techniques for exploration. The innovative new techniques will arise from a novel combination of state-of-the-art microchemical analysis: trace element mapping and in situ Pb and S isotope analysis as well as trace element informed geochronology. The technology readiness level of these techniques will be elevated by increasing the speed and throughput of analysis.

The tools will be trained on known orogenic gold (Au) exploration targets for which full 3D geological and structural models will be developed and integrated with absolute geochronology. The targets are in active emerging orogenic gold districts in Sweden and Ireland where low environmental impact extraction is feasible.

The outputs of the proposed project will contribute to the implementation of the ERA-MIN2 work programme. It will significantly de-risk exploration in these and other minerals districts and develop an innovation platform for higher participation of EU institutions in the global exploration market.

Partner universities

  • Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) - Coordinator
  • Luleå University of Technology (Sweden)
  • Swedish Museum of Natural History (Sweden)


The project is funded by VINNOVA and ERAMIN

Vinnova & Eramin
Glenn Bark

Bark, Glenn - Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Ore Geology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491039