Background and activities

Associate Professor in Process Mineralogy.

Head of Mineral Production and HSE research group

Member of NOU for the evaluation of the Norwegian Minerals Act from July 2020 to June 2022.

Ongoing PhD supervision:

  • Nikolas Oberhard: Safe usage of local rock materials in concrete construction: Characterisation and quantification of sulphide minerals in aggregates.

PhD supervised to completion:

  • Aleksandra Lang: Geometallurgical flowsheet development and specification at Verdalskalk AS - InRec project WP1 (2020) 
  • Camilo Andrés Mena Silva: Effective Sampling and Mineral Characterization at Sibelco Stjernøy - InRec project WP2 (2019)
  • Marte Tøgersen: Increased Recovery of Iron from the Storforsheid Iron Formation (2019)
  • Kristin Husebø Hestnes: Development of process mineralogy for optimization and increased value of the mineral production in Sibelco Nordic (2013)

Ongoing projects: 

  • Safe use of local aggregates in concrete: The effect of pyrrhotite on concrete durability 
  • MiMaC - Norwegian Laboratory for Mineral and Materials Characterisation

Recent projects:

  • InRec - Increased Recovery in the Norwegian Mining Industry by Implementing the Geometallurgical Concept
  • MarMine - Exploitation Technologies for Marine Minerals on the Extended Norwegian Continental Shelf
  • CAMOC - Centre of Advanced Mineral and Ore Characterization


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Ludvigsen, Martin; Søreide, Fredrik; Aasly, Kurt; Ellefmo, Steinar Løve; Zylstra, Michael; Pardey, Marshall. (2017) ROV based drilling for deep sea mining exploration. IEEE OCEANS 2017 - Aberdeen.
  • Aasly, Kurt; Malvik, Terje; Myrhaug, Edin. (2007) A review of previous work on important properties of quartz for FeSi and Si metal production. INFACON XI: Innovations in the Ferro Ally Industry, Volum 1.
  • Aasly, Kurt; Malvik, Terje; Myrhaug, Edin. (2007) Advanced methods to characterize thermal properties of quartz. INFACON XI: Innovations in the Ferro Ally Industry, Volum 1.
  • Aasly, Kurt; Malvik, Terje; Myrhaug, Edin. (2006) Quartz for Carbothermic Production of Silicon - effect of the process steps, handling and transport from mine to furnace. Silicon for the chemical industry VIII.



  • Aasly, Kurt. (2019) Process mineralogy of none-metallic mineral deposits. JKMRC Friday Seminar Series . Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre; Brisbane. 2019-10-04.
  • Aasly, Kurt. (2019) Trenger vi mineralene fra havbunnen? Hva innebærer det å starte utvinning av havbunnens ressurser?. NTNU Kveld . NTNU; Dokkhuset, Trondheim. 2019-04-23.
  • Dhar, Priyanka; Bouzahzah, Hassan; Aasly, Kurt; Thornhill, Maria; Kota, Hanumantha Rao. (2018) Flotation flowsheet development for the new Nussir ASA copper ore deposit in northern Norway. International Mineral Processing Conference (IMPC XXIX) ; Moscow. 2018-09-17 - 2018-09-21.
  • Hahn, Klaus M.; Lennartz, Jutta; Kleiv, Rolf Arne; Aasly, Kurt; Wotruba, Hermann; Kowalczuk, Przemyslaw. (2018) Application of optical sensor-based sorting for preconcentration of seafloor massive sulphides. 8th Sensor-Based Sorting & Control . RWTH Aachen University; Aachen. 2018-03-06 - 2018-03-06.