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This page will provide a list of organisations engaged in research on Mineral Resources. It will be updated periodically. If you would like to suggest organisations that could be added to this list please contact Tony Hartwell


CSIRO - Mineral Futures Collaboration Cluster

Researchers from the Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship and five Australian universities have formed a collaboration cluster to address future sustainability issues facing the minerals industry in this country.

Centre for Eco-Efficient Comminution

The Coalition for Eco Efficient Comminution (CEEC) is a platform for efficient communication of the latest technical findings on efficient comminution practices. 

Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology

High technologies needs Gallium, Indium, and other rare metals, such rare earth metals scandium, yttrium, or lanthanum. Without them, it would be impossible to build solar cells and electrical engines for cars and wind turbines. Yet the demand for these trace metals is higher than their technological availability, which is why global competition has ensued for these strategic economic resources. Germany as a high tech country has to play an active role to ensure a sustained and stable supply of mineral and metalliferous raw materials to the global economy. In order to advance and promote the development of technologies for the efficient and effective use of mineral resources, Germany's Federal Government has founded the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF). The new institute is to make a vital contribution towards implementing the national strategy on raw materials.


MINTEK has become a leading provider of minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services to industries world-wide. World-class research and development expertise is supported by a physical infrastructure of modern laboratories, pilot plants and workshops. We believe it is our extensive intellectual capital – engineers, scientists and technologists, all of the highest calibre – that forms the most valuable part of our proposition to our customers.


ERA-MIN is a network of European organisations owning and/or managing research programs on raw materials.


This KU Leuven funded project (800 kEURO, 4 PhD students) is focused on breakthrough recycling processes based on non-aqueous technology for the two main applications of rare earths: permanent magnets and lamp phosphors, which represent >70% of the rare earths market by value. By recycling the REEs from phosphors and magnets one specifically targets the five most critical rare earths: Nd, Eu, Tb, Dy and Y. This work is part of a more general objective to create fully integrated, closed-loop recycling flow sheets for rare-earth magnets and phosphors. Concurrently, a consequential life cycle analysis (LCA) has to be carried out for the recycling of rare earths in magnets and lamp phosphors. 


The Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA) is a not-for-profit organisation, which serves to benefit and promote the interests of its international membership, comprising companies actively involved in all aspects of the international minor metals sector. If your company has a commercial interest in these metals and would like to know more about the work of the MMTA, or if you simply wish to discover more about this intriguing group of metals, this site will provide answers to many of your questions.  


Originally established in 1938 by North American producers as the Selenium Development Committee, its scope was later expanded to include tellurium. The Selenium-Tellurium Development Association, Inc. was incorporated in 1963 by the major primary Se and Te producers. Present members are from Canada, USA, China, Chile, Australia, Belgium, Japan, Sweden, Russia, Germany, India and the Philippines. The STDA is always pleased to welcome new members from countries worldwide. The objectives of the STDA are:

  • To stimulate interest in selenium and tellurium
  • To promote development and increase usage
  • To sponsor research in connection with production, fabrication or use
  • To develop, collect and disseminate technical and statistical information on selenium and tellurium
  • To encourage safe industrial use and handling practices. 



Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X; CODEN: MBSIB), an international, open access journal of natural mineral systems, mineral resources, mining, and mineral processing, is published by MDPI online quarterly. See also: -

Resources (ISSN 2079-9276), an international journal of scientific studies related to resources, is published by MDPI online quarterly.

Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050; CODEN: SUSTDE), an international and cross-disciplinary, scholarly, open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability of human beings, which provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, is published by MDPI online monthly.

Metals (ISSN 2075-4701; CODEN: MBSEC7), an international open access journal, is published by MDPI online quarterly.

Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263; CODEN: GBSEDA), an international open access journal on all interdisciplinary aspects of the Earth and Planetary Sciences, is published by MDPI online quarterly.  

IAGOD Working Group on Critical Metals

The mission of the working group is to promote and coordinate research into the mechanisms that lead to economic concentration of critical metals. The exact list of metals that are considered to be critical varies, but typically include indium, gallium, germanium, selenium, tellurium, neodymium, dysprosium, lithium, vanadium, tin, tungsten, molybdenum, rhenium, tantalum, niobium, cobalt and the PGE.


BGRIMM specializes in R&D of mineral processing technology and reagents for ferrous and non-ferrous metals, non-metallic deposits as well as industrial materials. The National Key Laboratory for Mineral Processing Science & Technology is established, consisting of mineral processing laboratory & pilot plant, flotation reagent laboratory & production line, and industrial minerals processing laboratory & pilot production line.

Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL)

UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) was established as an academic department at University College London in 2011. It is a cross-disciplinary institute set up to carry out research, teaching and enterprise work in the research theme of sustainable use of resources and the environment and to bring together capabilities from across UCL.

Much global expertise in resource use and how that can be made sustainable rests with the companies whose business is the extraction, processing or use of natural resources. Therefore it is important for UCL ISR to build strong mutually beneficial relationships with businesses of this kind. UCL ISR has a strict policy of engagement with industry and any related funding.

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