Recovery of high purity scandium oxide from titanium processing residues

Scandium (Sc) is a rare, but strategic element for many high-tech applications such as next generation fuel cell technologies. Typically, it is required as highly pure (99.99%) Sc2O3. Currently, the global supply of Sc2O3 is very small and concentrated in a few countries. There is currently no production know-how available in Canada. The principal source of Sc extraction is as a by-product of metallurgical processes, e.g., titanium ore processing. The project investigates the extraction of high purity scandium from titanium pigment industry residues.

Analysis of ore texture and relation to processing performance

The project consists in devising a method to quantitatively describe textural features of ores; these features may include mineral composition, grain size and shape, spatial distribution, etc. Equally important is relating these features to the performance observed when processing the ores. The foreseen deliverable is a tool to predict ore processing performance. The scale of investigation is set at the rock and drill core size such that the performance prediction can be issued as early as possible in the ore dressing process.

Education, Community Engagement and Unconventional Oil and Gas Development: North East British Columbia

Through directed interviews and exit questionnaires information about baseline education levels associated with academic preparedness and skills training will be analyzed to determine what type of support is lacking in the Natural Gas development. The interviews will take place throughout the Monteny Region of NE British Columbia region to assist with Liquid Natural Gas development.

Research Consortium: Advanced Computational Methods for Geophysical Electromagnetics Modeling, Inversion and Integration

Electromagnetic (EM) methods are commonly used for geophysical exploration in various applications such as mineral exploration, hydrocarbon detection, management of fresh and salt water and CO2 and reservoir monitoring. While in the past, EM methods suffered from expensive data collection, new systems now collect massive amounts of data over space and time, and new instrumentation allows for higher quality and accuracy of the data.

Mineralogical characterization of ore samples from the Cameco Resources Smith Ranch-Highlands Uranium Mine, Unit B

ln Situ Recovery (ISR) mining is used for about 47% of uranium mining globally. Regulations on restoration of mined aquifers require a return to pre-mining baseline water quality conditions, or conditions where the risk of human exposure is as low as reasonably achievable. Determining the attenuating capacity of down-gradient aquifer solids is key to quantifying this risk. Organic carbon phases and sulfides are expected to be important controls on transport of elements of concern through these materials.

Hydrometallurgical Production of Niobium and Tantalum Oxide

A hydrometallurgical process for the production of niobium and tantalum oxide from a primary mineral resource and by product of a tin smelting slag is proposed. This process comprises dissolution of the concentrate and slag with the mixture of acids, following by purification and precipitation process. XPS do not have any background in hydrometallurgical recovery of niobium and tantalum and therefore this will provide an important foundation for future work by XPS in this field.

Geochemical, structural and (thermo)chronological controls on the Au-Ag-Cu-Pb-Zn-Mo metallogeny of the west-central Neotethyan Orogenic Belt: A deposit-district-belt scale approach

The proposed geological research project is collaboration between UBC and industry sponsors to evaluate the nature of metallic resources in NW Turkey. Undeveloped concentrations of gold, silver and copper occur in the study region; these occurrences are being actively explored by the partner organizations. In the interest of the partner companies this research project focuses on an area that completely covers mineral tenure licenses owned by the companies.

Unlocking big opportunities in small packages: Application of novel nano-scale studies to enhancing mineral exploration and mining efficiency Year Two

Mineral exploration generates billions of dollars for the Canadian economy. Any tool that increases exploration or extraction efficiencies by 1-2% creates economic returns of tens of millions of dollars. Advancements in nanotechnologies now allow characterization of samples at unprecedented resolution. The mining industry represents an untapped opportunity in this field because it lags behind the material science and semiconductor industries in highresolution sample analysis.

Structural and geochemical controls of mineralization of the Efemςukuru, low-intermediate sulphidation deposit, western Turkey

The MDRU of UBC proposes to conduct a study at the Efemςukuru gold deposit, located 30 km southwest of Izmir, Turkey. Efemςukuru is an example of an ore deposit formed from convecting hot, metal-bearing fluids in an area with abundant faults. One of the key objectives of this project is to identify how the geometry of the faults in the surrounding area controlled the metal-bearing fluids responsible for gold mineralization.

Fluid-flow vectoring, geochemical footprints and structural framework of the Halilağa porphyry Cu-Au deposit: the Paleogene Biga metallogenic province, NW Turkey

The Biga Peninsula in NW Turkey is a very active copper and gold exploration district in the western segment of the Tehyan belt that contains important porphyry-type deposits (eg., Reko Diq, Skouris, Kisladag). Porphyry mineralization deposits are the largest source of copper in the world and the Halilağa porphyry copper-gold deposit is a good example of this type of deposit in Turkey. The geology in the Biga Peninsula has evidence of complex geodynamics processes with continental collision and post-collision episodes.