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Call for Proposals - Borrow a Spectroradiometer / Spectrometer for your Research!

September 26, 2017


Do you need a spectroradiometer or a spectrometer for your spectral data field research? If so, Malvern Panalytical has two opportunities to submit proposals and receive free access to world-class ASD scientific instruments to support your research!

 2018 Goetz Instrument Support Program

2015 Goetz Program Awardee, Omar Vergara Diaz (University of Barcelona) uses the FieldSpec® 4

Join a distinguished list of former program recipients and further your research!

And now, a round of applause for our 2016 Students in Mining and Energy awardees!

June 07, 2016

Four students were selected from a group of applicants for inclusion in the 2016 Students in Mining and Energy TerraSpec Instrument Program.

Two students will be granted the temporary use of a TerraSpec® 4 Hi-Res mineral spectrometer system, which includes The Spectral Geologist (TSG®) Pro mineral analysis software. The other two students will receive temporary use of the TerraSpec Halo mineral identifier, the all-in-one mineral analysis system that allows you to immediately identify alteration minerals with a simple pull of a trigger.

Defining mineral system footprints in the Edmund Basin of the Capricorn Orogen, Western Australia

February 18, 2016

By PhD candidate MSc Heta Lampinen and supervisors; Dr Carsten Laukamp (CSIRO), Dr Sandra Occhipinti, Prof Campbell McCuaig and Prof Marco Fiorentini (CET/UWA) as part of the 2015 Students in Mining & Energy TerraSpec Instrument Program.

The project aims to discover how reflectance spectra measured from the surface of the earth can be utilised in finding mineral footprints of hydrothermal ore deposits concealed by the regolith. The scope is to identify the mineral assemblages at the study area that are characteristic for four schematic domains: 1) unweathered, unaltered bedrock, 2) unweathered altered bedrock, 3) regolith atop unaltered bedrock, and 4) regolith atop altered bedrock.

Prior to fieldwork, reflectance spectra measurements were collected in a laboratory setting (Figure 1) using FieldSpec® 3 spectrometer from 552 surface regolith samples, archived by the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The acquired VNIR-SWIR reflectance spectra were processed in The Spectral Geologist (TSG®) software using the Multiple Feature Extraction Method MFEM; (Cudahy et al. 2008 and Laukamp et al. 2010) for characterisation of mineral assemblages. This work was carried out to establish the regional and deposit scale variation in the surface mineralogy in general, but also to compare the hyperspectrally derived mineralogy with geochemical analyses undertaken by GSWA to effectively target the fieldwork areas of interest.

The TerraSpec® 4 Hi-Res mineral spectrometer was used during three weeks of fieldwork from April 20th to May 10th 2015 in the Edmund basin of the Proterozoic Capricorn Orogen in Western Australia. The study area of 60*110 km in size is located 900 km north from Perth, west of the Collier Range National Park and roughly 170 km west from the Great Northern Highway. The study area is designed around the sediment hosted stratiform Pb-Cu-Zn-Ba deposit Abra, discovered at roughly 200 m depth in 1981 by drilling into a magnetic bulls-eye anomaly. Geochemical sampling efforts have so far failed to a find mineralisation footprint around the Abra deposit. Other known base metal mineralisation occurs within the same structural corridor, along the crustal-scale Quartzite Well Fault.

Calling all mining, energy or geology graduate students!

November 03, 2015

The 2016 Students in Mining TerraSpec Instrument Program deadline is November 16! 

All graduate students conducting mining, geology, energy or geothermal related research are encouraged to submit their proposals for the 2016 Students in Mining TerraSpec Instrument Program by November 16.

TerraSpec mineral analyzers are everywhere - an update from SEG 2015

September 29, 2015

The SEG 2015 conference is underway in Hobart, Tasmania. This joint SEG-CODES Conference has included key presentations from leaders in research and industry on the discovery of world-class ore deposits, their geology and the recovery of metals from ores, and has covered the issues and controversies that affect exploration. With all of these presentations, posters and exhibitors it has been easy to spot the TerraSpec line of mining instrumentation.

Cassady Harraden in her general session talk today titled "Delineation of geometallurgical domains in the Pebble porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Alaska," described 'extensive application' of the TerraSpec to define four additional alteration zones (for a total of six alteration types) by describing and mapping subtle shifts in Al-OH features. At Pebble, alteration is the key to metal occurrence and variability. This TerraSpec data was used to define the 3-D alteration model and geometallurgical delineation which then optimizes mine plans, enhances project value and minimizes economic risk.

Also at SEG, 2015 Students in Mining TerraSpec Instrument Program participant Heta Lampinen presented her poster

Calling all graduate students! Apply to borrow an ASD spectrometer

May 13, 2015

Are you a Master's or Ph.D. student planning to complete research that would benefit from the use of a FieldSpec or a TerraSpec? 

Congrats to our 2015 Students in Mining participants!

March 24, 2015

A total of six students have been selected to receive temporary use of a TerraSpec® 4 mineral analyzer with The Spectral Geologist (TSG®) Pro mineral analysis software or a TerraSpec Halo mineral identifier as part of the 2015 Students in Mining TerraSpec Instrument Program.

ASD Inc., a PANalytical company is going to PDAC!

February 27, 2015

Join us at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) International Convention, Trade Show Investors Exchange 2015, the world's leading Convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration. PDAC 2015 runs from March 1 - 4, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Canada.

Use of NIR for Mineralogical Characterization of a Mudrock Sedimentary System

February 11, 2015

Guest blogger and 2014 Students in Mining participant Somayeh Hosseininejad, PhD candidate at the University of Calgary, provides a comparative look at Near-infrared (NIR), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) techniques in the mineralogical characterization of mudrock sedimentary system.

Calling all mining, energy and geothermal graduate students!

November 02, 2014

Students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or Master's program are encouraged to submit their proposals for the 2015 Students in Mining Program by November 15, 2014. The students with the most interesting applications will be selected to receive temporary use of a TerraSpec 4 Hi-Res mineral spectrometer system.

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