Low cost surveys

We will develop innovative low cost approaches to characterize critical raw materials in the field

Case Studies

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.


Low cost surveys for high-technology metals: Applying field portable instruments under quasi-realistic conditions in Subsaharan Africa

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.

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August 24, 2018

Second workshop technical report writing and crash-course pXRF at UNAM

A one-day workshop concerning technical report writing and a pXRF crash-course were held at the University of Namibia. The courses on the 23rd and 24th August were attended by small groups of five to ten, which allowed a thorough introduction into the topic. The two workshops are intended for students and young professionals at the beginning of their careers, and professionals, who want to refresh their skills. They are rounded off with practical exercises.


June 23, 2018

LoCoSu team attended the RFG 2018 conference

From the 15th to 23rd August the LoCoSu team attended the RFG 2018 conference in Vancouver, BC. Aside attending numerous presentations and poster sessions, we presented our project activities at booth #206. Many interesting encounters and interdisciplinary exchanges made the contribution a full success.