MIRL Capabilities

MIRL continues to aid the state in the development of Alaska's minerals with study and research activities in these areas:

  • Hydrometallurgical and electrochemical processing
  • Mineral market evaluations
  • Mining frozen ground
  • Mine and mill design
  • Coal characterization, beneficiation and utilization
  • Environmental concerns associated with mining and metallurgy

MIRL Facilities & Laboratories

Having access to laboratories and facilities that are not available to most universities gives MIRL an edge over others.

Mineral Processing Lab
Well equipped for research on grinding, crushing, gravity separation and flotation.
Hydrometallurgy Lab
Equipped for research on leaching, precipitation and solvent extraction.
Analytical Lab
ICP/DCP, AA, and XRD are available for research and a variety of instrumentation including XRF, quantitative electron micro-probe analysis (EPMA), and electron microscopes is available at UAF’s Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory.
Ventilation Lab
Rock Mechanics Lab
Coal Lab
Well equipped for research in the following areas: spontaneous combustion, low-range coal thermal upgrading, coal processing, coal characterization, coal utilization, coal-water-fuel preparation and utilization, coal oxidation, and coal ash utilization.
Computational Lab
Silver Fox Mine
  • Mineral Industry Research Laboratory (MIRL)
  • Duckering Building
  • 1760 Tanana Loop
  • PO Box 75 5800
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5800, USA