SELFRAG facility coming soon to SUERC
Darren Mark and Dan Barfod have been awarded £300k by the Natural Environment Research Council for development of a SELFRAG facility at SUERC. The facility will be open to collaborative and commercial use from late 2020. For initial inquiries please contact Dan.Barfod@glasgow.ac.uk
- SELFRAG is selective fragmentation using high voltage pulsed power A 'bolt of lightening' is passed through the sample causing it to shatter along the boundaries of different material phases.
- Preferentially reduces mixtures to individual components before reducing the particle size of a pure component. inclusions are liberated keeping the host material large.
- For highly crystalline material the impurities will be liberated first whilst keeping the size of the pure quartz crystals large.
- Separate zircons, diamonds, gemstones and industrial minerals from the host rock.
- Separate recycling and e-waste into the individual components.
First published: 25 August 2020