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Master Thesis Collection

EMerald programme students have developed a wide range of theses that cover a broad spectrum of the resources engineering field. Our students aim to expand research and innovation in the field and explore sustainability applications in the wider industry. Please find a selection of all of our cohorts' theses below.
Flotation of Yxsjöberg historical tungsten ore tailings

Princess Rochelle Gan


Processing and flow behaviour of Regolith Simulant

Caroline Jurjanz


Preliminary Resource Evaluation of Strategic Critical Metals (Nb-Ta) using the Geometallurgical Model of Alluvial Volcano-Sedimentary TTG deposit in Guiana Shield, French Guiana

Davit Hayrapetyan


Process mineralogy of the new polymetallic ores from Draa Sfar project extension (Morocco)

Corinne Parent


Supervised classification of the Magdalena VMS deposit using Support Vector Machines. Drillcore scanning using SWIR hyperspectral imagery

Bob de Waard


Mineralogical and geometallurgical evaluation of the final flotation tailing at DPM-Chelopech in view of their environmental behaviour and paste to fill properties

Carolina Mafra


Cross-validation of Automated Quantitative Mineralogical Analysis Results of Mixed Copper Ore and Developments in Methodologies Using Correlative Microscopy

Chryselle Ultima Mancenido


Recycling of waste printed circuit boards through the combination of non-destructive characterization and mechanical processing operations

Pedro Cesar Pereira Gonçalves


Effect of Mineralogy on Grinding Energy of Mont-Wright Ore

Nubia Bottosso



Cassiterite flotation of complex fine-grained ore materials

Wesley Paul Chan


Metal Deportment and Ore Variability Studies of the Bolcana Porphyry Copper–Gold System, Apuseni Mountains, Romania

Rosie Blannin


Characterisation and beneficiation of pyrolized black mass: Increasing the recycling recovery of spent lithium ion batteries

Anna Vandrebruggen


Multi-sensor analysis of Aguas Teñidas, Magdalena, Sotiel and Majada deposits, Iberian Pyrite Belt, Spain: Analytical drill core-scanning for optimised exploration of ore

Pedro Simões Teixeira


Upscaling of RoStar fine grinding mill – geometallurgical follow-up

Aleksandar Stefanov


Recovery of Ni, Mo, Co from the copper slag processed by flotation at Aurubis slag flotation plant

Silvanna Bertoglio


Process of water salinity on flotation performance in a two-phase (air, water) and three-phase (gas, water, solid) system. Appl- reverse cationic flotation magnetite concentrate

Shujaat Ali


3D Geological and Geochemical Modeling of the Maverick Uranium Deposit, Moore Lakes Project, Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada

Ranee Joshi


Pre-concentration of lateritic nickel ore from new caledonia by physical seperation methods

Erhan Noyan Palabiyik


Textural and Mineralogical Characterisation of Li-pegmatite Deposit: Using Microanalytical and Image Analysis to Link Micro and Macro Properties of Spodumene in Drill Cores

Sebastian Guiral


Characterisation of Historical Tungsten Ore Tailings for Pre-selection of Feasible Reprocessing Methods (Yxsjöberg, Sweden)

Pourya Khavari


All other Cohort 4 Thesis Titles

All Partner Universities

Cassiterite flotation and pre-concentration of a fine grained complex ore

Jennifer Astoveza


Geometallurgical Variability Study of Spodumene Pegmatite Ores, Central Ostrobothnia - Finland (Keliber Oy)

Dandara Ataide Salvador


Pre-concentration Of Nickel Laterite Ore from New Caledonia

Frima Dhani


Investigation of the visible and invisible gold distribution in the Certej deposit (Romania) through gravity concentration

Laura Hughes


Recovery of lithium minerals from LCT pegmatite ores

Lichao Lyu


Rare Earth elements as a possible by-product at the Catalão I Nb deposit, Brazil: a geometallurgical approach

Lucas Pereira


A Geometallurgical Forecast Model for Predicting Concentrate Quality in WLIMS Process for Leveäniemi Ore

Kartikay Singh


Classification of Drill Core Textures for Process Simulation in Geometallurgy: Aitik Mine, Sweden

Glacialle Tiu


Hydro Flow Sorting of electrode foils from Li-ion traction batteries

Pei Wang


All other Cohort 3 Thesis Titles

All Partner Universities

A lab scale froth flotation study of tungsten bearing tailings of the Barruecopardo mine ( Spain) within the EU Horizon2020 OptimOre Project

Reinol Josef Compañero


Investigation of drilling and blasting operations

Sibele Do Nascimento


Geometallurgical estimation of comminution indices for porhyry copper deposit applying mineralogical approach (Boliden)

Danish Bilal


Possibilities for increased recovery of copper and precious metals bearing minerals at the bulk and copper selective flotation stages at Chelopech concentrator, Bulgaria (Dundee Precious Metals)

Dejan Naumov


Application of Mid-Indrared Reflectance Spectroscopy for the Identification of Minerals present in Oil & Gas/ Mining exploration (Epslog)

Marjorie Joassin


Increasing the recovery of valuable metals from the ores of Assarel mine

Ivan Korolev


All other Cohort 2 Thesis Titles

All Partner Universities

Danish Bilal

Process mineralogy of manganese ore: jig feed and products (Eramet)

Renato Contessotto


Estimation of gold potentials using 3D restoration modeling (Mount Pleasant Area, Western Australia)

Maria Kakurina


Towards automated logging of ore – Positive identification of iron oxide minerals in Malmberget iron ore



Geometallurgical Characterization of Zinkgruvan´s New Orebodies for Their Flotation Properties

Erdogan Kol


Mineral processing of tailings from former tin-tungsten mining

Bruno Michaux


All other Cohort 1 Thesis Titles

All Partner Universities

Looking to recruit an EMerald programme intern?

The Master thesis project consists of six-month research work in geometallurgy. Three months are dedicated to on-site investigation (dependent on the project). After the on-site data collection period, students work on research at their supervisor university. Master thesis subjects may be proposed by the industrial partner or professors and take place during the fourth semester of the EMerald programme (February to June/August). At the end of the fourth semester a defence of the master thesis is held.

Why should an industrial partner recruit an EMerald programme intern?

EMerald students are talented young professionals from across the globe joining us from a variety of backgrounds. They are trained in the best European universities for one year and a half. The EMerald programme management committee ensure a close fit between the project objectives and the student’s skills and motivation. During their research work, students have access to exceptional facilities and will be supervised by at least one representative of the EMerald consortium. Further to this the EMerald programme is supported by an international academic network.

What kind of project topics can be proposed?

Two important things need to be included:

  • Geometallurgy – both the resource and the process need to be considered (e.g. avoiding purely geological or purely metallurgical works)
  • Innovation and economic impact – the problem addressed needs to improve social, economic and environmental impacts

How can I submit a project?

Download and fill out the subject proposal form below and send it back to emerald@ulg.ac.be. The limits and objectives of the topics will then be adjusted (if necessary) by the academic supervisor. When both the industrial and the academic supervisor have agreed on the subject proposal, the proposal is submitted to the consortium committee for approval.

What are the legal requirements for internships?

The internship is ruled by an internship agreement between the university supervising the student, the hosting institution and the student.

What costs can be covered by the company?

The running costs of the internship must be fully covered by the company (analyses, induction training, shipping of samples etc.). If the mine location is in a remote area, accommodation and transport can be provided to the intern.

What is the role of the company?

The company needs to provide the student with a supervisor which will guide and help the student during the internship and the master thesis. Once the master thesis has been submitted, an oral defence is organised where both the industrial and the academic supervisors are invited to assess the student’s work.

Are there contributions that can be made to the programme?

You can help us by sponsoring the programme through the membership fee (8000€/year). This sponsorship will be offered to a student to help finance their participation costs.

Deadline to submit a topic - June 30th 2020

Topic proposal template

Looking to propose a master thesis intern topic?

There are two ways to find a master thesis project:

  • You can be provided with project options by the consortium
  • You can submit your own project proposal

How can I submit my own topic?

To submit your own master thesis project you will need to make sure that you fulfill the following requirements:

1) Find the right topic

Two important things should be included:

  • Geometallurgy – both the resource and the process need to be considered (e.g. avoiding purely geological or purely metallurgical works)
  • Innovation and economic impact – the problem addressed needs to improve social, economic and environmental impacts

2) Find a company

  • Is the company able to support your project?
  • The internship cannot last longer than three months. We recommend you stay less than three months so that you have enough time afterwards to deal with experimenting and writing
  • Can the company give you full access to data, plant, etc.?
  • Can the company support your research work with samples and analyses (make sure they will deliver on time!)
  • Can the company cover all the analytical costs?

3) Find a supervisor from one of the four Universities

If you fulfill criteria 1 and 2, we can help you with criteria 3. Please ask the support company to fill out the master thesis proposal in the link below and send it to – emerald@uliege.be. This will then be forwarded to the consortium for approval. Once approved, we can try to find the most appropriate professor from the programme to supervise you. You can also contact a professor directly and develop a topic with them.

4) Make sure that the support company will cover all the expenses linked to the internship

Please note that they are not obliged to cover your travel and accommodation costs.   

We also invite the companies to become members of the EMerald programme consortium. This is a contribution of 5000€/year or a scholarship in their name that will cover a student’s full tuition fees (8000€/year). This contribution to the programme is not compulsory, but helps the consortium to organise ongoing field trips and other activities.

Deadline to submit your own topic - 31 August

Topic proposal template

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