Achievements in Nanomineralogy

B. M. Оsovetsky


The results of investigations in the field of nanomineralogy obtained by the Nanomineralogy Sector staff during 5 years (2012–2016) are presented. These include results of researches with the application of high-resolution electron microscopy with microprobe analysis and experimental data. The study objects were unusual grains of placer gold of the Urals, Siberia (Russia), Kazakhstan, and the Yukon Territory (Canada). It is concluded that there are nanogold aggregation processes which lead to the formation of globular and “new” gold. These processes may be used in modern technologies of gold extraction.

Ключевые слова

nanogold; electron microscopy; aggregation; technology

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Badyanova I.V. 2015. Globulayrnoe zoloto chyornoslantsevykh tolshch [Globular gold of black shales]. Geology and Mineral Resources of the Western Urals. Perm Univ., Perm, pp. 3–5. (in Russian)

Hough R.M., Noble R.R.R., Hitchen G.J. et al. 2008. Naturally occurring gold nanoparticles and nanoplates. Geology. 36(7): 571–574.

Naumov V.A., Osovetsky B.M. 2013. Mercurious gold and amalgams in Mesozoic-Cenozoic rocks of the Vjatka-Kama Depression. Lithology and Mineral Resources. 48: 237–253. (in Russian)

Osovetsky B.M. 2012. Nanoskulptura poverkhnosti zolota [Nanosculpture of gold surface]. Perm University Press, Perm. 232 p. (in Russian)

Osovetsky B.M. 2013. Prirodnoe nanozoloto [Natural nanogold]. Perm University Press, Perm. p. 176. (in Russian)

Osovetsky B.M. 2016a. Aggregation of nanogold particles in the environment. Natural Resourсes Research. 25(2): 241–253.

Osovetsky B.M. 2016b. “Novoe” zoloto [“New” gold]. Perm University Press, Perm, p. 116. (in Russian)

Osovetsky B.M., Barannikov A.G. 2014. Surface of placer platinum under the electron microscope. Abstr. 12th Intern. Platinum Symp. Yekaterinburg, pp. 309–310.

Osovetsky B.M., Naumova O.B. 2014. Melkie almazy i ikh poiskovoe znachenie [Fine diamonds and their prospecting significance]. Perm University Press, Perm, 142 p. (in Russian)

Osovetsky B.M., Naumova O.B., Naumov V.A. 2016. Natural Processes of Nanogold Concentration. 16th Intern. Multidisciplinary Sci. GeoConf. (SGEM). Book 6, vol. III, pp. 105–112.


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