Over the last 30 years, portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) has become a key technique for field geochemical analyses, for both mining and environmental applications. pXRF provides real-time decision support for operational field decisions in the areas of exploration, mining, site remediation or waste management.
Although geochemistry or analytical chemistry skills are not a pre-requisite, a background knowledge of either is recommended.
The course has the following objectives and outcomes: During this course, participants will gain operational knowledge of pXRF measurement and interpretation for various application contexts.
Type of training
The course is combining class room lectures, group work and excursions, including practical hands-on exercises and use of the pXRF on site.
Objectives and outcome
During this course, participants will gain operational knowledge of pXRF measurement and interpretation for various application contexts.
Researchers and professionals requiring on-site inorganic element analyses in various solid substrates (ore, soil, waste, …)
BRGM group, geochemist, project engineer, leader or expert
Research and project engineer, Geology field work, laboratory analysis, data interpretation, reporting. Public research; geology; mineral exploration
Chief geochemist; head of laboratory. Technical and financial project management, expertise in geochemistry, auditing. Overseas geology and mineral exploration. Saudi Arabia
Chief geochemist, projects coordinator Specifications, project supervision, report editing, business development for the nuclear waste storage sector. ANTEA consultancy for ANDRA NWS agency.
Environment, water, mining & waste management expert and projects leader. Expertise in geochemistry, esp. contaminated soil and water resources, training courses
Geochemical expert, deputy project manager (India). Environmental impact assessment. Technical project management, expertise in geochemistry, training coordination
Project manager (Egypt). Irrigation water and soil monitoring, laboratory engineering. Technical and financial project management, environmental and chemistry expertise, teams training
Project leader, Environmental monitoring of mine closure (Romania, Greece, Turkey). Technical and financial project management, environmental expertise, stakeholder coordination, team training
Project manager (EU InterReg ERDF) (Belgium and Northern France) Waterways sediments project management, environmental and valorisation expertise, stakeholder coordination, dissemination
Project manager (EU InterReg ERDF) (Ireland, Netherlands and France) Harbour sediments project management, environmental and valorisation expertise, stakeholder coordination, dissemination
Geochemical expert (Saudi Arabia). Field instrumentation, sampling and chemistry expertise, training, for a groundwater monitoring program.
Project leader, Environmental management of closed mines (France). Environmental expertise
Education and training
Docteur ingénieur (engineering Ph.D.). EQF 7-8. Geochemistry, mineral exploration, computerized data processing, laboratory analysis. University Claude Bernard, Lyon (France), Earth Science Dept
Ingénieur en chimie industrielle (Industrial chemistry engineer). EQF 7. Analytical chemistry, industrial organic & inorganic chemistry. Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon (ESCIL, now CPE, Lyon Chemistry and Electronics Institute) – a member of Engineering High Schools
O, H and Sr isotopes tracing the migration distance of mining, ore processing and metallurgical activities end-products in a river basin (Subarnarekha River, India). Procedia Earth and Planetary Science 13 ( 2015 ) 223 –226.
Portable XRF and wet materials: application to dredged contaminated sediments from waterways. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 14; (2014) p. 257-264
Re-Processing of Mining Waste: An Alternative Way to Secure Metal Supplies of European Union.
REWAS 2013: Enabling Materials Resource Sustainability
Environmental impacts of unmanaged solid waste at a former base metal mining and ore processing site (Kirki, Greece). Waste Management & Research, 2010, 28(11) 996–1009
Hydrogeochemical processes, mixing and isotope tracing in hard rock aquifers and surface waters from the Subarnarekha River Basin, (East Singhbhum District, Jharkhand State, India). Hydrogeology Journal,2007,15, 8, pp.1535-1552.
Presentations and Conferences
Field Analytical Techniques for Geochemical Surveys. Keynote conference, 27th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium, Keynote ConferenceTucson, Az, USA. April 21-25 2015
Mining the waste: prospecting valuable residues optimising processes with modern technology, sustainablyremediating legacy sites. 2nd Eurasia –MENA Mining Summit, Istanbul, Turkey
Council Member of the Association of Applied Geochemists, Vice President of the SedNet sediment network. Member of the International Mine Water Association.
Certified operatorfor field hydrogeochemistry and for XRF spectrometry. Certified course trainer