A secure and efficient supply of raw materials is a key challenge in the continued development of the European economy. Building on the world-leading expertise of Irish-based researchers, our activities in this area range from conducting research to broaden the Irish mineral industry to the characterisation aggregate sources used in the construction industry.
As Ireland is one of the few European countries actively engaged in mining, iCRAG scientists are in a key position to address this research challenge. Our research will help to extend the productive life of the world class Irish zinc-lead mineral province by developing improved models for their origin, geometry and evolution. Alongside this, iCRAG researchers are investigating ways to broaden the Irish mineral industry by examining several prospective mineral deposit types in Ireland that are not currently exploited. This is leading to defining better geological, geochemical and geophysical methods for the discovery of mineral and aggregate deposits. iCRAG is home to a unique centre of excellence in Energy Critical Element (ECE) - elements that are central to energy-related technologies geochemistry. Through this centre of excellence, iCRAG researchers are developing methods for understanding the distribution of ECEs in host minerals. Finally, our research is developing new, multi-disciplinary approaches to characterising aggregate sources used in the construction industry.