Mining

The power of synchrotron-based tools, combined with our years of experience in mining-related science, can provide your company with a unique competitive advantage.

We have a proven track record of working with the mining industry to solve their most intractable problems. There are many ways that our powerful analytical tools can support mining operations, from exploration to production to tailings management. Whether it’s providing a complete profile of arsenic species in a tailings management facility or determining the presence of trace minerals in a core sample, we routinely work with large mining companies and consulting firms to provide insights that conventional analytical labs are unable to offer. Talk to one of our consultants today to figure out how we can put the brightest light in Canada to work for you!

Applications of Synchrotron X-Ray Techniques to Orogenic Gold Studies; Examples from the Timmins Gold Camp

Stromberg, Jessica M.; Van Loon, Lisa L.; Gordon, Robert; Woll, Arthur; Feng, Arthur; Feng, Renfai; Schumann, Dirk and Banerjee, Neil R. (2019). Applications of synchrotron x-ray techniques to orogenic gold studies; Examples from the Timmins gold camp. Ore Geology Reviews 104, 589-602. 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2018.11.015


Fingerprinting Multiple Gold Mineralization Events at the Dome Mine in Timmins, Ontario, Canada: Trace Element and Gold Content of Pyrite

Stromberg, Jessica M.; Barr, Erik; Van Loon, Lisa L.; Gordon, Robert A. and Banerjee, Neil R. (2019). Fingerprinting multiple gold mineralization events at the Dome mine in Timmins, Ontario, Canada: Trace element and gold content of pyrite. Ore Geology Reviews 104, 603-619. 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2018.11.020


X-Ray Microprobe Characterization of Corrosion at the Buried Polymer-Steel Interface

Barlow, Burke C.; Situm, Arthur; Guo, Bao; Guo, Xiaoxuan; Grosvenor, Andrew P. and Burgess, Ian J. (2018). X-ray microprobe characterization of corrosion at the buried polymer-steel interface. Corrosion Science 144, 198-206. 10.1016/j.corsci.2018.08.051


Investigating Arsenic Speciation in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan using X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

Blanchard, Peter E.R.; Van Loon, Lisa L.; Reid, Joel W.; Cutler, Jeffrey N.; Rowson, John; Hughes, Kebbi A.; Brown, Caitlin B.; Mahoney, John J.; Xu, Liying; Bohan, Matthew and Demopoulos, George P. (2017). Investigating arsenic speciation in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan using X-ray absoprtion spectroscopy. Chemical Geology 466, 617-626. 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.07.014


Coordination of Arsenic and Nickel to Aluminum and Magnesium Phases in Uranium Mill Raffinate Precipitates

Robertson, Jared; Essilfie-Dughan, Joe; Lin, J. and Hendry, Jim. (2017). Coordination of arsenic and nickel to aluminum and magnesium phases in uranium mill-raffinate precipitates. Applied Geochemistry 81, 12-22. 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.03.015


Geochemical and Mineralogical Characterization of Sulfur and Iron in Coal Waste Rock, Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Essilfie-Dughan, Joseph; Hendry, Jim; Dynes, James J.; Hu, Yongfeng; Biswas, Ashis; Barbour, Lee S. and Day, S. (2017). Geochemical and mineralogical characterization of sulfur and iron in coal waste rock, Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada. The Science of the Total Environment 586, 753-769. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.053


Geochemistry of Arsenic in Low Sulfide-High Carbonate Coal Waste Rock, Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Biswas, Ashis; Hendry, Jim and Essilfie-Dughan, Joseph. (2017). Geochemistry of arsenic in low sulfide-high carbonate coal waste rock, Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada. The Science of the Total Environment 579, 396-408. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.084


Identifying Calcium-Containing Mineral Species in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan

Blanchard, Peter E.R.; Grosvenor, Andrew P.; Rowson, John; Hughes, Kebbi and Brown, Caitlin. (2016). Identifying calcium-containing mineral species in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan. Applied Geochemistry 73, 98-108. 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.08.001


Investigating the Geochemical Model of Molybdenum Mineralization in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan: An X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study

Blanchard, Peter E.R.; Hayes, John R.; Grosvenor, Andrew P.; Rowson, John; Hughes, Kebbi and Brown, Caitlin. (2015). Investigating the geochemical model of molybdenum mineralization in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan: An x-ray absorption spectroscopy study. Environmental Science & Technology 49(11), 6504-6509. 10.1021/acs.est.5b00528


Analysis of the Mo Speciation in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan

Hayes, John R.; Grosvenor, Andrew P.; Rowson, John; Hughes, Kebbi; Frey, Ryan A. and Reid, Joel. (2014). Analysis of the Mo speciation in the JEB Tailings Management Facility at McClean Lake, Saskatchewan. Environmental Science & Technology 48(8), 4460-4467. 10.1021/es404980x


 

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Oil & Gas

From exploration to production to tailings management, synchrotron tools can providee new insights into a wide variety of difficult problems.

As new technology provides access to previously untapped petroleum reservoirs, a detailed understanding of these complex formations is required in order to control costs and improve extraction efficiency. Advanced imaging techniques allow us to image not just mineral and pore structures of core samples, but also the distribution of water and petroleum within the pore network. Other powerful tools allow us to tackle issues such as corrosion, tailings consolidation, and speciation of petroleum impurities. Synchrotron techniques can bring new insights into technically difficult exploration and extraction projects in the constant push to improve efficiency and control costs.

Thermo-Physical Characterization of Torrefied Fuel Pellet from Co-Pelletization of Canola Hulls and Meal

Azargohar, R.; Soleimani, M.; Nosran, S.; Bond, T.; Karunakaran, C.; Dalai, A.K. and Tabil, L.G. (2019). Thermo-physical characterization of torrefied fuel pellet from co-pelletization of canola hulls and meal. Industrial Crops and Products 128, 424-435. 10.1016/j.indcrop.2018.11.042


2D and 3D Metal-Organic Framework at the Oil/Water Interface: A Case Study of Copper Benzenedicarboxylate

Song, Ping; Natale, Giovanniantonio; Wang, Jingyi; Bond, Toby, Hejazi, Hossein; de la Hoz Siegler, Hector; Gates, Ian and Lu, Qingye. (2018). 2D and 3D metal-organic framework at the oil/water interface: A case stuyd of copper benzenedicarboxylate. Advanced Materials Interfaces 6(2), 1801139. 10.1002/admi.201801139


Aqueous- and Solid-Phase Molybdenum Geochemistry of Oil Sands Fluid Petroleum Coke Deposits, Alberta, Canada

Robertson, Jared M.; Nesbitt, Jake A. and Lindsay, Matthew B.J. (2019). Aqueous- and solid-phase molybdenum geochemistry of oil sands fluid petroleum coke deposits, Alberta, Canada. Chemosphere 217, 715-723. 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.11.064


Efects of Bio-Additives on the Physiochemical Properties and Mechanical Behaviour of Canola Hull Fuel Pellets

Azargohar, Ramin; Nanda, Sonil; Kang, Kang; Bond, Toby; Karunakaran, Chithra; Dalai, Ajay K. and Kozinski, Janusz A. (2019). Effects of bio-additives on the physiochemical properties and mechanical behaviour of canola hull fuel pellets. Renewable Energy 132, 296-307. 10.1016/j.renene.2018.08.003


Multifaceted Solution of Analytical Challenges in Complex Oilfield Materials with Synchrotron Techniques

Reid, Joel; Schmidt, Ken; Warrender, Neil; Bergen, Erika; Cutler, Jeffrey; Kerr, Scott and Miner, Kirk. (2016). Multifaceted solution of analytical challenges in complex oilfield materials with synchrotron techniques. SPE Journal 22(3), 875-880. 10.2118/185164-PA


Geochemical Characteristics of Oil Sands Fluid Petroleum Coke

Nesbitt, Jake A.; Lindsay, Matthew B.J. and Chen, Ning. (2017). Geochemical characteristics of oil sands fluid petroleum coke. Applied Geochemistry 76, 148-158. 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.11.023


 

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Soil Science

Soil analysis requires techniques that can isolate elements and compounds from a highly complex matrix, which is where synchrotron techniques shine!

The study of soil science greatly benefits from the ability of synchrotron techniques to analyze soil samples under nearly natural conditions. In the past several decades, the development of synchrotron techniques have helped to significantly advance the understanding of nutrients and contaminants in environmental samples. Our ability to conduct in-situ experiments at the sub-micron scale with improved spatial resolution provides direct insight into the various investigations of soil science. 

Sveite from the Northeastern San Joaquin Valley, California

Peterson, Ronald C.; Graham, Robert C.; Ervin, Jarel O.; Kozin, Igor S.; Sickman, James O.; Bozhilov, Krassimir N. and Reid, Joel W. (2021). Sveite from the Northeastern San Joaquin Valley, California. The Canadian Mineralogist 59(2), 409-421. 10.3749/canmin.1900074


Effects of Dolomitic Limestone Application on Zinc Speciation in Boreal Forest Smelter-Contaminated Soils

Hamilton, Jordan G.; Farrell, Richard E.; Chen, Ning; Reid, Joel; Feng, Renfei and Peak, Derek. (2016). Effect sof dolomitic limestone application on zinc speciation in boreal forest smelter-contaminated soils. Journal of Environmental Quality 45(6), 1894-1900. 10.2134/jeq2016.06.0231


Characterizing Zinc Speciation in Soils from a Smelter-Affected Boreal Forest Ecosystem

Hamilton, Jordan G.; Farrell, Richard E.; Chen, Ning; Feng, Renfei; Reid, Joel and Peak, Derek. (2016). Characterizing zinc speciation in soils from a smelter-affected boreal forest ecosystem. Journal of Environmental Quality 45(2), 684-692. 10.2134/jeq2015.03.0145


 

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Case Studies

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