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Norwegian Laboratory for Mineral and Materials Characterisation (MiMaC)

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MiMaC Gemini Centre 

In May 2022 MiMaC was granted status as a GEMINI Centre. The Gemini collaboration represents a model for strategic research coordination between research groups from different organizations.  As a Gemini Centre, MiMaC will further explore the opportunities for strategic interdisciplinary research along the whole value chain from minerals to materials.

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MiMaC Gemini centre kick-off seminar at Scandic Lerkendal September 2nd 2022. Photo: Kari Håland

Infrastructure for the entire value chain from minerals to materials

The Norwegian Laboratory for Minerals and Materials Characterization, MiMaC, is a Norwegian national infrastructure. All instruments are accessible for both Norwegian and international users. And skilled personnel are available at all instruments for booking and support. 

The potential for innovations in the mineral and metallurgy industry is high. The mineral industry faces major challenges in the exploitation of minerals that require advanced characterization methods for profitability assessment and more complex methods for recovery.

As one of the most important manufacturing industry sectors, the Norwegian metal industry is facing the challenge to develop more value-added innovative materials and metal products. To meet the critical challenges, it is of great importance to develop world leading research environments and expertise in the fields, based on state-of-the-art characterization facilities in Norway.

MiMaC is an infrastructure utilized for characterization of the structure and chemical composition of minerals, metals and advanced nanomaterials. The laboratory is capable of characterizing structure features from atomic to micrometre scale in 1-3 dimensions, and chemical composition down to ppb-level. 

MiMaC has been built on the existing laboratories at NTNU, SINTEF and the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU). The holistic approach of studying the whole value chain from minerals to materials opens new opportunities for interdisciplinary research. The laboratory strengthens basic and applied research in the field of minerals and materials. This will be of great importance to innovation in the mineral and metal industry in Norway. MiMaC also strengthens research on nanomaterials and other advanced materials in Norway.

Secondary Resources Seminar

Secondary Resources Seminar

March 13th - 14th, 2024

MiMaC organises annual workshops on different topics related to minerals and materials, focusing in particular on how the available instruments and associated competence can be used to tackle particular challenges related to utilising mineral resources. 

The next workshop will be a lunch-to-lunch-seminar in Trondheim on March 13th – 14th, 2024 with a focus on secondary resources. 

More information on the seminar here.

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The Research Council of Norway is acknowledged for the support to the Norwegian Laboratory for Mineral and Materials Characterisation, MiMaC, project number 269842/F50.