Project Overview

Training and equiping a new generation of leaders in the minerals processing field. Providing lasting novel technological and training methods to build capacity and improve efficiency. Undertaking innovative research across the trans-disciplinary edges of sector compartments.

Analysis

Improving mineral analysis in preparation for more efficient processing

Processing

Advanced modelling of dynamic minerals processing.

Training

Modern, technology-enhanced training for future professionals.

Team

Balz Kamber (TCD)

Balz Kamber (TCD)

Network Coordinator

Balz Kamber is the Chair of Geology and Mineralogy (established 1843). He is a geochemist working on understanding the elemental cycles that operate on the Earth, particularly in the surface environment. His research spans from the very fundamental questions of 'how did the earliest Earth look' to environmental studies on the fate of pollutants in the environment and economically important issues, including the supply of raw materials needed to support renewable technologies. Common to all these investigations is the need for quantitative chemical and isotopic data. His group is active in the development of novel analytical methods that transcend the boundaries between chemistry, geology, material science and environmental science.
He leads a dynamic research group funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the EU's FP7 and H2020 programmes and national funding agencies such as the EPA and GSI. He is committed to the concept of chemical fingerprints, not just in the geosciences but also in archaeology, environmental, ground water, atmospheric and forensic studies. He is the Deputy Director of the Science Foundation Ireland Centre iCRAG and a collaborator in many EU and worldwide networks. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is recognised for his originality and cross-disciplinary approach.
He views the present time as a golden era for the geosciences and is passionate about informing society about the realities of energy supplies and the monumental challenges we are facing in the decades ahead.

Antti Roine (Outotec)

Antti Roine (Outotec)

Dr. Antti Roine is Technology Director at Outotec Research Center in Pori, Finland. He is head of the Modeling and Simulation team, which develops artificial intelligence expert system platforms and applications for process design and operation. He is a graduate of Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University) and began his career at Outokumpu (Outotec) in 1978 as a summer trainee. He has been a project manager on a large number of pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical projects. He has also supervised the thesis work of 14 students. He started the development of HSC Chemistry software at Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto) in 1979 and has been in charge of HSC development ever since. Antti and HSC software have been cited 10 011 times and his H-index is 48 (WoS, 2017).

Matias Hultgren (Outotec)

Matias Hultgren (Outotec)

Matias Hultgren works as a specialist in the Modeling and Simulation team of Outotec (Pori, Finland). The team develops the HSC Chemistry software for advanced process simulation, where Hultgren’s main responsibilities are adaptive and predictive simulation, dynamic modeling and control. Hultgren graduated in 2011 as an M.Sc. (Tech.) in process engineering from the University of Oulu (Finland). He is pursuing PhD studies in control and systems engineering, with a topic related to thermal power plant control and process design. Hultgren has previously worked as a researcher in the Systems Engineering group at the University of Oulu in 2011–2016, and he was involved in HSC aqueous solution modeling development at Outotec in 2009–2010.

Iris Wunderlich (Boliden)

Iris Wunderlich (Boliden)

Iris Wunderlich is originally from Germany where she got her MSc in Economic Geology from the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg.
Iris is living in northern Sweden and has worked as a development engineer at Boliden Mineral AB since 2013. She is currently working at the Boliden Area processing plant for six months. Her main work however focuses on operating the Scanning Electron Microscope and developing the best methods to analyse the ore from all the different mines owned by Boliden.

Matthew Hiscock (Oxford Instruments)

Matthew Hiscock (Oxford Instruments)

Dr Matt Hiscock is the Head of Product Science at Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis and holds an MSci in geology from the University of Bristol and a PhD in geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. He has also worked in the mining industry in Australia and been involved in the running of an academic SEM facility. He joined Oxford Instruments in 2013 and oversees the development and use of products designed to solve specific industrial problems, particularly in the field of particle analysis. These products are used in a multitude of fields including geology, steel production, forensic investigation and the automotive and aerospace industries.

Jukka Raatikainen (IMA)

Jukka Raatikainen (IMA)

Jukka Raatikainen is managing director and CEO of Ima Engineering Ltd Oy company from Espoo Finland. He is founder of the company in 1994. Jukka has graduated as a physicist (MSc.) from Eastern University of Finland in 1982 from department of applied physics. His original degree included medical physics, and Jukka worked as assistant physicist in hospitals, especially in radiation therapy and isotope laboratory. His research work was then focusing in XRD applications in analysing for instance calcification process of blood vessels. Mid 1980s Jukka worked as technical director of an SME technology company focusing in factory automation and instrumentation, and then many years in Outokumpu Technology as product manager, and later as business line director of this Outokumpu company. Jukka ‘s technical ambition has been ever since developing sensors and sensor technology for minerals on-line analysis with the objective to improve materials processing in exploration and in mining.

Claire Chamberlain (Teck)

Claire Chamberlain (Teck)

Jukka Valimaa (Agnico Eagle)

Jukka Valimaa (Agnico Eagle)

Leena Rajavuori (Agnico Eagle)

Leena Rajavuori (Agnico Eagle)

Recent Output

3D Virtual Particles for Geometallurgy

3D Virtual Particles for Geometallurgy

Pratama Istiadi Guntoro

CENE Research School September 2018

A new approach to laser-ablation inductively-coupled-plasma mass-spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) using the flexible map interrogation tool ‘Monocle’

A new approach to laser-ablation inductively-coupled-plasma mass-spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) using the flexible map interrogation tool ‘Monocle’

Chemical Geology

Petrus et al. 2017

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