Low cost surveys
We will develop innovative low cost approaches to characterize critical raw materials in the field
We will use high-tech field instruments along the mining value chain including exploration, mining and environmental assessment.
The LoCoSu project creates high-quality and sustainable scientific cooperation structures.
Field Portable Instruments
The LoCoSu project explores the use of high-tech field tools in exploration, mining, and environmental surveys.
The BMBF-funded LoCoSu project aims to identify and apply innovative low-cost approaches to characterize the abundance of critical raw materials using portable, high-tech field instruments. A team of German and African scientists will explore the use of these field tools in exploration, active mining, mining residues and wastes, and environmental surveys of mineralized materials. Our team will develop and improve methodologies to analyse mineral commodities, particularly those that are crucial to the high-technology industry, and will jointly elaborate a handbook for the usage of portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF) and infrared (pIR) spectrometers.