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ION4RAW was mentioned in February 2022 Issue of “Mines et Carrières” Following SIM Congress.

Following the SIM Congress of November 2021, an issue of “Mines et Carrières” was released earlier this year named “RÉSILIENCE DE L’INDUSTRIE MINÉRALE APRÈS LA CRISE SANITAIRE” which focuses on the impact the pandemic has had on the mining industry, the weaknesses revealed, and the strengths needed going forward.

This issue indeed stresses the fact that ”The organisation of production and the markets for mineral raw materials have been disrupted by the long pandemic of Covid-19. The price of raw materials was no longer the only decisive factor. The mineral industry has had to look for solutions. Just like the administrations and the various governing bodies, they have adapted and had to learn the lessons of this new “normality”.”

Among the solutions developed, the ION4RAW project and the research it conducts has been mentioned  as a relevant innovative process allowing to extract and recover unexploited small auxiliary metals from ore and mine tailings.

To discover the full article!

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ION4RAW At the 2022 PDAC Convention

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the PDAC 2022 Convention was held in Toronto, Canada and welcomed 17,445 investors, analysts, Indigenous leaders, mining executives, geologists, government officials and students.

This was an opportunity for the ION4RAW project to present its progress and the activities carried out in Europe. Flyers and the second edition of the newsletter were distributed at the European Booth during the event. It was also an opportunity for ION4RAW representatives (BRGM) present on site to answer the questions of curious geologists on the matter of European resources and predictivity activities. Reports available on the ION4RAW website were, for instance, shared.

Using the KAYO device, BRGM was able to show reports and figures from the project. Agnico-Eagle, Element08 (consortium of research on CRM in Quebec), Quebec government as well as Eramet and CGG were very enthusiastic about the work done through specifically the deliverable D2.1 “mapping of by-products potential in mineral deposits”.

To further discover the ION4RAW inventory, check out the full presentation here!

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ION4RAW Participation in the EWLA2022 – Presentation of the Inventory of by-products and critical raw materials.

From 12-15 July 2022, the University of Bern hosted the 15th edition of the European Workshop on Laser Ablation (EWLA2022) organised in Bern, Switzerland. The event was the occasion to discuss results, novel concepts and developments in laser ablation-based techniques in the context of sustainable by-product and Critical Raw Materials (CRM) recovery as well as to stimulate interaction between academia and industry.

Lectures, talks, workshops, and poster presentations were presented on the following topics:

 Fundamental research:

  • Laser-matter interaction
  • Particle formation and transport phenomena
  • Qualitative and quantitative element and isotope mapping (2D and 3D)
  • Standardisation
  • Isotope ratio analysis
  • Data processing and management
  • Chemical depth profiling
  • Simultaneous tandem and/or multi sensor techniques

Applications:

  • Earth, Geology, and Planetary Sciences
  • Bio imaging & Life Sciences
  • Archaeology & Cultural Heritage
  • Material Sciences and Industrial Applications

Among the topics presented during the event, Catherine Lerouge, as a member of the ION4RAW project, introduced the “Inventory of by-products and critical raw materials in the El Porvenir Pb-Zn and Cerro Lindo ore deposits: laser ablation ICP-MS and electron microprobe”

The objectives of the inventory are to improve the recovery of by products and CRM during the ore treatment processes, to obtain reliable estimates of by products and CRM and to develop ionometallurgy processes. By supporting and encouraging the recovery of by-product and CRMs, we are able to improve the knowledge of target deposits as well as characterize ores by determining carrier minerals and their distribution.

To further discover the ION4RAW inventory, check out the full presentation here!

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ION4RAW at the French national network PROMETHEE

Our ION4RAW partner BRGM presented the ION4RAW process to French national experts during the Scientific days of the PROMETHEE network.

The French national network GDR PROMETHEE was created in 2016 in order to structure the French research on the hydrometallurgical processes for a better management of the non-energetic raw material from mining activities and recycling, and more especially low-grade resources. This network gathers 30 laboratories from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the Bureau of Geological and Mining Research (BRGM), partner of the ION4RAW project.

Scientific days are organized annually by the GdR PROMETHEE, and are open to researchers, engineers, PhD and pos-doctoral students from the academic and industry network, experts in the field of non-energetic raw material management.

This year, our ION4RAW partner BRGM seize the chance of having such a scientific pool of experts to present the ION4RAW project with a presentation « Premiers essais d’évaluation de la disponibilité des éléments traces CRM dans les minerais aurifères et cuprifères européens pour la récupération par ionométallurgie ». The presentation is available online here.

Attendees were interested to learn more on the hydroprocess and know the reagent tested for DES and lixiviation by WP4 but as it is confidential, they were invited to contact the coordinator of the project (Maria Tripiana from Idener) as well as Tecnalia and Sintef for available details and to follow the project newsletter and following publications.

Discussions with external stakeholders will follow this very fruitful event!

 

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New scientific article published on Hydrometallurgy

As part of the ION4RAW project, a new scientific article on hydrometallurgy was recently published and focuses on a particle-based approach to predict the success and selectivity of leaching processes using ethaline. Discover this Comparison of simulated and experimental results.

Encouraged by the need for ecologically and economically sustainable technologies for the recovery of metals from complex raw materials, ionometallurgical leaching using deep eutectic solvents is emerging as a promising alternative to conventional hydro- and pyrometallurgical process routes. Current approaches of studying leaching processes do not provide a mineral-based understanding of the leaching process – thus limiting the opportunities for process optimization.

This study addresses this shortcoming by combining laboratory-based X- ray computed tomography (CT) and scanning electron microscopy-based image analysis. The latter method provides precise information on the mineralogy and texture of the leach feed material, whereas CT is used to observe the progress of the leaching process through time. Leaching of Au–Ag bearing sulfide flotation concentrate by the deep eutectic solvent ethaline with iodine as oxidizing agent is used as a relevant case study. Results show that time-lapse CT provides an accurate estimation of the dissolution rate of pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, telluride minerals and gold.

Dissolution rates were used to simulate the metal recoveries from the sulfide concentrate as a function of leaching time. Simulation results are within 5% variation of metal recoveries obtained by batch leaching experiments. The developed workflow can be easily transferred to other ore types or mineral concentrates; results may be used to study and optimize industrial leaching processes.

Discover the full article here and many more here.

Many thanks to the authors of this article: Chandra Widyananda Winardhia, Jose Ricardo da Assuncao Godinhoa, Cindytami Rachmawatia and Jens Gutzmer from Helmholtz Zentrum-Dresden Rossendorf, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Isabelle Duhamel Achinb from the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM), Ainhoa Unzurrunzaga Iturbec  from Fundacion Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Paseo Mikeletegi 2, and Gero Frischd from the Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Technische Universit ̈at Bergakademie Freiber.

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A look back on our Clustering event

Let’s look back on our clustering event. Organized on 11 May 2022, along with PEACOCCROCODILE and TARANTULA, the event focused its discussion on The use of ionic liquids (IL) and Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) for metal recovery. Challenges and opportunities in research and development for the recycling and recovery of metals considered critical using ionic liquids (IL) and deep eutectic solvents (DES) were thoroughly discussed.

The recycling of critical raw materials has become an important argument for the European Commission in the fight against resource vulnerability. Securing an alternative to mining such critical materials is thus necessary, which we discussed with our partners of PEACOC, CROCODILE and TARANTULA

“IL and DES can replace the usually toxic and flammable organic solvents, reduce chemical waste and improve the safety of chemical processes and products [1]. Moreover, they may offer potential as an environmentally sustainable alternative to conventional separation processes – involving the use of aqueous acids or organic solvents- in particular due to their characteristics: low volatility, high thermal stability, low vapor pressure […]”

Discover the full discussion here: PEACOC – How is Research and Development supporting Europe’s leadership in metal recovery?

Watch the recording of the workshop here:

Several researchers from each project discussed solutions and innovative ways to recycle such materials. You can discover their presentations here:

 

The ION4RAW, CROCODILE, TARANTULA, and PEACOC projects have received funding from the European Union’s EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under Grant Agreement No 815748 (ION4RAW – ion4raw.eu), GA No 776473  (CROCODILE – h2020-crocodile.eu), GA No 821159 (TARANTULA – h2020-tarantula.eu), GA No 958302 (PEACOC –peacoc-h2020.eu).

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New scientific article published by BRGM!

As part of our ION4RAW project, the French’s Public Institution for Earth Science applications, the Geological Survey (Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières – BRGM) published an article proposing a new method to identify more accurately the accessible mineral resources: Predictive assessment of metallogenic signatures using the DataBase Querying (DBQ) method: A European application.

In the context of climate change and related international renewable-energy policy, the fast growth of emerging economies and the rapid development of new technologies have caused a drastic increase in the demand for several metals and other elements. Thus, a reliable supply of critical raw materials is one of the major European challenges in the deployment of low-carbon technologies and to secure several strategic sectors of European industries.

However, not all elements of economic interest today have been systematically assayed and/or studied in the past, and the existing European databases of are incomplete from a 2022 viewpoint. Among recently identified critical raw materials, several elements were, or are, not systematically identified and/or assessed in European databases, as their high economic importance and supply risk have only recently become apparent. Thus, a gap may exist between historical databases and current metal needs.

To adress this gap, BRMG developed a new approach in addition to a ‘classical’ application of the DataBase Querying (DBQ) geostatistical mineral prospectivity method. This new approach is based on the assessment of more global predictive metallogenic-signature aspects, by clustering studied elements known to occur in various metallogenic families, using ArcGIS software. Development of this method at a continental scale allowed identifying several areas of great interest in Europe for exploration of the targeted by-products.

Learn more in the full article here on Zenodo

 

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New scientific article published by BRGM!

As part of our ION4RAW project, the French’s Public Institution for Earth Science applications, the Geological Survey (Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières – BRGM) published an article proposing a new method to identify more accurately the accessible mineral resources: Predictive assessment of metallogenic signatures using the DataBase Querying (DBQ) method: A European application.

In the context of climate change and related international renewable-energy policy, the fast growth of emerging economies and the rapid development of new technologies have caused a drastic increase in the demand for several metals and other elements. Thus, a reliable supply of critical raw materials is one of the major European challenges in the deployment of low-carbon technologies and to secure several strategic sectors of European industries.

However, not all elements of economic interest today have been systematically assayed and/or studied in the past, and the existing European databases of are incomplete from a 2022 viewpoint. Among recently identified critical raw materials, several elements were, or are, not systematically identified and/or assessed in European databases, as their high economic importance and supply risk have only recently become apparent. Thus, a gap may exist between historical databases and current metal needs.

To adress this gap, BRMG developed a new approach in addition to a ‘classical’ application of the DataBase Querying (DBQ) geostatistical mineral prospectivity method. This new approach is based on the assessment of more global predictive metallogenic-signature aspects, by clustering studied elements known to occur in various metallogenic families, using ArcGIS software. Development of this method at a continental scale allowed identifying several areas of great interest in Europe for exploration of the targeted by-products.

Learn more in the article here

 

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Our 6-month project meeting & General Assembly held in Paris

On the 11 and 12 November 2019, LGI (ION4RAW project partner) hosted the M6 Project Meeting & General Assembly of the ION4RAW project in Paris. During this two-day meeting, partners presented the work they have carried out so far for each of the work packages. During the meeting, achieved milestones were discussed and project partners discussed the plans for the coming period. They also covered the technical aspects of the project. Pertinent questions relating to the exploitation of the results that will be generated in the project were also debated upon.