“Automated Materials Characterization” / “Automated Mineralogy” is an analytical technique based on scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image analysis coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS).
This analysis method includes analytical systems such as the Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA), the QEMSCAN (Quantitative Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning Electron Microscopy) and others. With this analytical technique almost every kind of solid material can be analyzed, regardless of whether the material is of natural or artificial origin. Examples for such materials are ores, rocks, minerals, processing products, recycling materials, environmentally relevant materials, metals, alloys, building materials, special glasses, and many more. By using “Automated Materials Characterization” technique you have the possibility to characterize your materials accurately, to detect and reduce materials losses, and to evaluate and optimize your processes. As a consequence this can save you process costs, energy costs, and production costs.
The course has the following objectives and outcomes:
The course is a combination of classroom lectures, a MLA lab session and practical sessions.
For Module 5 (Practical Sessions), a laptop would be required. The required software will be given by the lecturers.
If your business is mineral exploration, mining, processing, beneficiation, aggregates industries, metal industry, special glass industry, environmental business, or oil & gas this course will valuable for you.
Sabine Gilbricht has studied geology at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. She got a German diploma (equivalent to Bachelor's plus Master's degree) in petrology and geochemistry. Since 2010, Sabine Gilbricht is working at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg as a technician and is responsible for (now) three scanning electron microscopes with the MLA (Mineral Liberation Analyzer) software. Two of these instruments she supervises for the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. There the QEMSCAN technique is available since June 2017.
Dirk Sandmann studied geology at university TU Bergakademie Freiberg with specialization ore deposit geology/economic geology. After the studies, he worked as a research assistant at the department of mineralogy of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Since 2011, Dirk was one of the main users of the newly acquired Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA) of the department. In 2011, Dirk also started his PhD work, dealing with method development for the MLA technique. After a one-year internship in Brisbane, Australia at FEI Company (the producer of the MLA and QEMSCAN instruments), he finished his PhD at the end of 2015. In 2016, Dirk moved, with an intermediate stage at HZDR Innovation GmbH, to the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF). There, he and two colleagues of the HIF received a one-year grant from Helmholtz Association to start a spin-off project (‘ERZLABOR’) for commercial MLA analyses and related services. The founding of the company ERZLABOR GmbH is planned for November 2017. Dirk will act as one of the two managing directors of the company.