University of Saskatchewan

September 15, 2014   


Breakthroughs in Mining
U of S researchers Robert Kerrich and Derek Syman are pioneers in applying new detection methods for base-precious metals, with the potential for giving Canadian mining companies a decided advantage. The team uses state-of-the-art mass spectrometry to analyze chemicals in rock samples, with detection levels as low as one part per billion. Kerrich, who holds the George MacLeod Chair in Geochemistry, also developed the standard model for how gold deposits form - by fluids circulating through ancient mountain belts in areas where plates of the Earth's crust once collided.