One of the main aims of LabEx R21 is to generate new scientific and technological knowledge that will facilitate the the identification and exploitation of future deposits.

The goal of RESSOURCES21 is to reinforce research  through several types of project.

Two principal projects

1. The nickel Programme

The LabEx RESSOURCES21 has decided to develop under its strategic framework, integrated three-year projects, with the aim to cover the whole geochemical cycle of a group of metal, and to enhance the multidisciplinary approaches. The proposal for a research programme on the nickel cycle was linked to two important observations.

The studies proposed in this project aim to contribute to a better understanding of the behaviour of the Ni-Co-(Sc) system and the lithospheric and biogeochemical cycles of these metals. The project will consider the processes of transport and entrapment of these metals in primary deposits (laterites and saprolites), and develop new concepts for the exploitation of secondary reserves (soils and technosols).

2. The Rare Earth Programme

Rare earth elements (REE) are the subject of European and international research programmes and many projects are linked to enhanced exploration and to the intense search for clean and innovative ore-processing methods.  Given this, the project takes into account:

•   Existing know-how and the studies already supported by the LabEx RESSOURCES21 that concern processes of fractionation at the magmatic stage (carbonatite volcanoes – PhD thesis of G. Mollex), studying the impact of REE on organisms (postdoctoral research - V.Gonzales), and the effects of gadolinium issued from hospitals and released into the environment (PhD thesis of E. Perrat).
•    Avoiding duplication of studies currently supported by European contracts.

A number of secondary projects

  1. Post-doctoral research
  2. Ph.D research
  3. Visiting researcher projects
  4. Chair projects