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.
Equipped for research on leaching, precipitation and solvent extraction.
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.
Rock Mechanics 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.