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Ore Deposits & Critical Minerals Research Laboratory

Lab Manager: Alex Gysi

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Alex Gysi

The Ore Deposits and Critical Minerals experimental laboratory (ODCM Lab) was established in the NMBGMR in Fall 2020 and is equipped to conduct hydrothermal fluid-rock experiments to study the stability of minerals and speciation of metals relevant to ore-forming processes at high temperatures. The ODCM Lab is currently supported by NSF and DOE grants with a focus on the properties of rare earth elements (REE) in hydrothermal aqueous fluids with MS and PhD students conducting research and in the future including undergraduate student research.

  • An internally consistent thermodynamic database for the rare earth elements (REE) at hydrothermal conditions
  • Partitioning of Rare Earth Elements (REE) Between Minerals and Aqueous Fluids in Ore Deposits
  • The thermodynamic properties of rare earth element (REE) minerals: a solid solution model for xenotime-(Y) and monazite-(Ce)