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Exploration for metals at the MAX IV synchrotron

Published: 6 December 2019

This week, for the first time ever, ore minerals were analyzed at the NanoMAX beam line at the MAX IV synchrotron laboratory, which is the brightest x-ray source in the world.

Using high-resolution micro/nano-XRF (down to 55 nm spot), we focused on rhenium, molybdenum, cobalt, mercury, bismuth and (of course) gold, to address challenges in the mineral processing of these metals, says Glenn Bark, senior lecturer in ore geology.

"We had a very interesting session at NanoMAX and now look forward to digging deep into the raw data, to better understand how these metals that are important for the green shift occurs in the ores", says Christina Wanhainen, professor in ore geology.

The project is funded by Vinnova and CAMM and builds on long collaboration between the Ore geology group at Luleå University of Technology and Boliden. Project team: Glenn Bark, Christina Wanhainen, Mathis Warlo, Iris McElroy (Boliden) and Andreas Berggren (Boliden).

Glenn Bark

Glenn Bark, Senior Lecturer

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

Christina Wanhainen, Professor and Head of Subject

Phone: +46 (0)920 492401
Organisation: Ore Geology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Mathis Warlo

Mathis Warlo, PhD Student

Phone: +46 (0)920 493940
Organisation: Ore Geology, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering