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University of Manitoba | Industrie minière

Key facilities

Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer Laboratory performs quantitative analyses on selected material based on the availability of standards, i.e. Stable isotopes H, C, O, S, Cu; U-Th-Pb geochronology-U minerals; trace element analysis; depth profiling; ion imaging; archaeology: provenance studies; and hydration drafting.

Manitoba Institute for Materials is a materials and composites characterization facility complements key industrial initiatives including the Composites Innovation Centre. Research areas range from electronic materials to spin glasses, nanostructures to polymers and soft biomaterials, from complex structured metamaterials to superalloys, composite material systems and intelligent sensing to high performance computing, magnetic materials to photonic and phononic microsystems, and from MEMS and NEMS to minerals as well as to research related to the environment.

Major collaborations

Improved Uranium Exploration focuses on the development of improved exploration criteria for Uranium deposits. The expected outcome is to train HQP, and provide the Uranium and mineral industry with a method that will allow them to distinguish between barren and mineralized faults and fractures, thus reducing drilling costs and impact on the environment by targeting only prospective structures.

Researchers

  • Frank Hawthorne, former Canada Research Chair. Research focuses on the energetic basis of structures stability, crystal structures of oxysalt minerals, and short-range order in minerals.
  • Mostafa Fayek, former Canada Research Chair; Professor, Department of Geological Sciences. Research focuses on developing new tools for assessing the regional tectonic setting of uranium deposits as a driver for exploration.

Special programs and work integrated learning initiatives

X-Ray Diffraction Laboratory along with the Microbeam Laboratory, is a well-equipped facility that is widely viewed as the leading lab of its type in North America. Scientists and students that use the lab are involved in a wide range of Earth and environmental science problems, from bond topology to exploration for rare metals to the behaviour of uranium in the environment.

Partners

  • Areva Canada
  • Composites Innovation Centre
  • FibreCity
  • Royal Canadian Mint

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