Nordic Researcher Network on Process Mineralogy and Geometallurgy (ProMinNet )
Process Mineralogy and geometallurgy are relatively new cross disciplinary research areas. Process Mineralogy bridges mineral processing and mineralogy and geometallurgy combines geology and geostatistics with minerals processing.
In Nordic countries the mineral resources have been identified as a strategic asset. Finland has set its Mineral Strategy and Sweden and Norway are currently defining it. In Nordic countries the research in the area of process mineralogy and geometallurgy is in a high level. Platinum group mineralogical studies, development of scanning electron microscope particle texture analysis and development of data processing, modelling and simulation techniques utilising mineral liberation data are some examples.
In Nordic universities the facilities and instrumentation are very good. Even though research and facilities in the Nordic are of high quality the doctoral level education and cooperation in these areas have been very limited. This researcher network aims to change this.
The network brings together 13 senior researchers and 11 PhD students from four recognised institutions. The network activities include workshops, site visits, researcher exchange, publications and a conference. Three days workshops will be hosted once by each partner, focusing on PhD courses and practical hands-on training.