Most colourful mineral in the world
Fluorite is a minor but important component of copper ores in South Australia.
The problem is that the composition of fluorite is difficult to quantify due to its structure. The main goal for the project was to find a method to obtain quantitative fluorite composition data. Two fluorite analysis approaches were taken.
The first approach featured an analytical method called Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry to obtain quantitative compositional data. The second approach used a technique called cathodoluminesce imaging to study the textural and internal character of fluorite grains and aim to interpret the observed textures, hence obtaining qualitative data.
From our research, we present a method that is capable of obtaining compositional data of fluorite and hence identify the trace elements that hide within the mineral structure. This method opens the door to greater knowledge of what is contained in ores and how to analyse them accurately.
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Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials