LBMA's Ninth Assaying and Refining Digital Conference was held from Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 March. The quality of the programme ensured that scientists and engineers involved in the precious metals industry gained access to the latest innovations and thinking.
The LBMA referees discussed the highlights and key themes of the Conference in the closing session. There was a strong emphasis on the practical application of instrumental techniques - particularly the use of Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES). It was clear how versatile and widespread the technique has become. It was also noticeable, however, how the understanding of the technique, and the challenges it presents, have developed over the eighteen years of the Conference.
The integrated nature of both assaying and refining were also emphasised with a number of presentations covering aspects such as safety, efficiencies, traceability and standardisation.
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Geoforensic Passport of Mined Gold
Dr Barbara Beck (The University of Lausanne) and Dr Jonathan Jodry (Metalor) announce that they have developed a “Geoforensic Passport” – a breakthrough scientific approach that validates the origin of doré received by refineries.