European Researchers Night 2019

The Li4UK consortium was invited to showcase the efforts of the project to date at The European Researchers Night 2019 which took place at the Natural History Museum in London.

On the stand, located within the Darwin Centre, representatives from all three members of the consortium showcased the research being undertaken within the Li4UK project whilst also interacting and engaging with members of the public.

Minerals from the Li4UK summer sampling campaign and the NHM archive/collection were available for the public to handle and examine with Geologists from both the NHM and Cornish Lithium on hand to explain the importance of each commodity contained within the samples.

Lithium ore and technology metals on display

Lithium ore samples such as zinnwaldite, lepidolite and spodumene took centre stage whilst other technology metals such as copper, tin, RRE’s, cobalt and nickel were also on show.

The samples displayed were chosen to represent the requirement and role of mining within a modern decarbonised future.

Alongside the minerals on show, WAI’s technical team showcased two mineral processing methods, froth floatation and gravity separation, used within the concentration of Li ores. Highlighting the importance of test work and processing in securing Li supply.

WAI showcasing froth flotation and gravity separation

Overall the night was a great success with all aspects of the Li4UK research on show proving popular.

It is hoped that the night highlighted the importance of the research being undertaken within the Li4UK project by aiming to identify a domestic source of Li and the role of Li within a new low carbon future. As well as inspiring and informing the next generation of eager scientists on mining best practice.

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