Mineral sector

Testing and Trials
Laboratories and Instruments


  • Geometallurgy
  • Mapping and geoscience data processing
  • Petrography
  • Mineralogy
  • Comminution
  • Mineralogical processes
  • Mineral purification
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Optimization and process simulation
  • By-product valorization

Technical Support Services

  • Mineral and particle characterization
  • Chemical analysis
  • Comminution
  • Microscopy
  • Separation – Concentration
  • Particle classification
  • Process validation
  • Polishing stone value (PSV)


  • Crushing: hammer, roller, jaw crusher, gyratory
  • Ball mill
  • Planetary ball mill
  • Attrition
  • Micronization: air and hammer grinding modules
  • Bond work: rod and ball mill

Mineral Processing – Separation, Concentration, Classification

  • Gravimetric separation
  • Electrostatic separation
  • High and low intensity magnetic separation
  • Flotation
  • Particle classification

Characterization – Minerals and Particles

  • Polishing stone value (PSV)
  • Sandblast impact
  • Resistance and unconfined compressive stress testing: Soil test
  • Abrasion resistance: Los Angeles
  • Wear coefficient by attrition using a Micro-Deval
  • Rockwell Hardness
  • BET Specific surface area
  • BJH Pore size distribution
  • Density of powders and solids
  • Colour, whiteness and brilliance measurements using spectrocolorimetry
  • Particle size distribution: sifting, laser sizing, cyclosizing
  • Zeta potential
  • Thermal properties: Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)


  • Thin blade manufacturing
  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM-EDX)
  • Raman spectrometry
  • Portable XRD

Chemical Analysis

  • Analysis by X-ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • Analysis by Atomic Absorption (AA)
  • Carbon and sulfur analysis
  • Analysis by spectrometry of inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES)

Agglomeration Processes

  • Fluidization
  • Pelletizing


Mineralurgical processes

Thermal processes

  • Promotion of geometallurgy as a tool in the development of mining projects
  • Innovative technologies for the extractive industry from a geometallurgical perspective: valorization of ilmenite, apatite and magnetite from a mining site; development of value-added products from a limestone deposit; valorization of by-products from a lithium hydroxide production process; valorization of tailings from a graphite deposit
  • Geometallurgical approach applied to the purification of quartzite
  • Enrichment of spodumene concentrate through unconventional gravimetric separation technologies
  • Development of bioleaching technology for extracting magnesium
  • Development of a new production process for technical granules from recycled glass
  • Production of glass from an industrial aluminosilicate by-product