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New QEMSCAN 650F for automated mineralogy installed at the CMR

25 Feb 2014 - 12:00
Delivery of the QEMSCAN 650F to UCT, December 2013

The Centre for Minerals Research (CMR) at the University of Cape Town has just completed their installation and training on a new R14 million FEI QEMSCAN 650F for automated mineralogy. The instrument was funded by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) National Equipment Programme and the Centre for Minerals Research. The new instrument was delivered and installed in late 2013 into a custom built facility for high end electron microscopes and associated equipment, housed in the New Engineering Building on Upper Campus at the University of Cape Town. The formal FEI training and sign off of the instrument occurred last week (3-7 February 2014) with FEI representative Mr Hans Krusemann. The new instrument replaces the very successful 14 year old LEO QEMSCAN (donated to the CMR by Anglo American Platinum in 2010) which helped establish the mineralogical analyses capabilities of the CMR.

Automated mineralogical analyses providing quantitative information on bulk mineralogy, liberation, grain size, and texture of valuable and gangue minerals are key to understanding the performance of the many different ores which researchers in the CMR study. The new QEMSCAN will be run as a University and a regional facility (with UWC, CPUT, US) for the acquisition of high quality mineralogical data that will be used for world class research across a broad range of disciplines.  Applications may include mineral processing, minerals beneficiation, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, economic geology, environmental science, oil and gas, archaeology, environmental science, soil science, forensic science and even viticulture. The new instrument will be used for training postgraduate students as part of their MSc and PhD theses, and also used in the many different research projects which the CMR runs with their industry partners. The instrument will be available for use by other interested researchers.

For further details, please contact Dr Megan Becker: megan.becker@uct.ac.za

Completion of the QEMSCAN training (left to right): Dr Megan Becker, Gaynor Yorath and Lorraine Nkemba standing next to the new QEMSCAN 650F, February 2014