UL- Université de Lorraine

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 Academic staff:

 Professor Lev Filippov

 Professor Alexandre Chagnes

 Dr. Akira Otsuki

► International relations:

 Lucie Florentin

► Specializations:

 3D GIS based resource modelling

 Mineral processing

► Projects in the field of Raw Materials

The “Minerals engineering” research team is involved as leader in the following ongoing large scale research project supported in the framework of FP7 and H2020, as well as in the national and international programs:

1. STOICISM: The Sustainable Technologies for Calcined Industrial Minerals funded by European Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) (5.96 ME)
2. BioMore New Mining Concept for Extracting Metals from Deep Ore Deposits using Biotechnology (H2020; 8,6 ME)
3. FAME: Flexible and Mobile Economic Processing Technologies for eorppeans skarn , greisen and pegmatite ores processing funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. 
4. AMIRA P9P: The Optimisation of Mineral Processing by Modelling and Simulation. A collaborative international project funded by mineral industry (University of Queensland, Australia).
5. RESSOURCES21: Strategic Metal Resources for the 21st Century funded by the French Government under  the selective label “Laboratoire d’excellence”.

► Institution:

At the Université de Lorraine (UL), 4 Laboratories (Research center OTELo with around 420 research and technical personal) are actively involved in Geosciences and Environment. The “Laboratory GeoResources” gathers about 150 researchers and technicians in the field of Exploration, Modelling and Exploitation of mineral and energetic resources. The Minerals Engineering and Processing team( 28 persons)  has had a relevant experience since more than 50 years in ore and wastes processing, being the first research center on mineral processing  in France involved in this field since the early 60’s. 

The UL has a Mineral Processing pilot plant (STEVAL, 2000 m2) allowing real scale tests from “kg” to “ton” with more than 150 comminution and separation equipment, i.e. all type of flotation cell (mechanical, pneumatic, column), magnetic and gravity separators. The research centre use Texture analysers; Scanning and transmission electron microscopies; 5 Raman and 8 infrared spectroscopies stations; XRD; particle size, surface hydrophobicity, and electro-kinetics measurements to develop new innovation technology. 

L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie de Nancy is the school in charge of EMerald.


Nancy along with its surrounding suburbs has some 350,000 inhabitants, and is located 60 km from Metz, 300 km from Paris, 100 km from Luxembourg, and 140 km from Saarbrücken. Nancy has a long-standing tradition as a university town covering every discipline. There are 42,000 students, including 4,000 from other countries, spread over the universities. Nancy is also an important industrial and commercial centre. 

The climate in Nancy is midly continental, hot summers, cold winters (in January, the peak temperature is -5°C and it often snows. In July, the peak temperature is approximately 30°C permitting various sporting activities such as winter sports in the Vosges Mountains, sailing and rowing.....(source)