Science of Mineral Resources Division
Laboratory of Geochemistry of Mineral Resources
Professor: UCHIDA, Etsuo Laboratory Web site

@The major research subjects of Prof. Uchidafs laboratory are gElucidation of the formation mechanism of mineral resourcesh and gScientific research of masonry cultural heritages and their conservationh.

@In order to obtain geochemical information useful for mineral exploration, we are attempting to elucidate the formation mechanism of mineral resources. We focus on hydrothermal deposits related to granitic rocks, and aim to elucidate physicochemical factors controlling the formation of ore deposits. To achieve this, geological survey experiments and numerical simulation of the interaction between rocks/minerals and hydrothermal fluids (under the supercritical conditions) are carried out.

@In addition, petrological investigation is conducted for stone materials used for masonry cultural heritages (such as the Angkor monuments, Cambodia) in order to elucidate their construction processes. Moreover, for the conservation of precious cultural heritage, the deterioration mechanism of stone materials is investigated.

Laboratory of Applied Mineralogy
Professor: Yamazaki, Atsushi Laboratory Web site

@Creating high functional materials by using the best cascade technology and harmonic process with the global environment

@Our laboratory chiefly targets unused resource minerals and inorganic waste as the research objects. The geological distribution and characteristics of these materials are clarified, and the technology of producing high performance materials harmonized with the global environment is developed. Therefore, we examine the chemical properties of a resource mineral, synthesize the pure phase material, and investigate the chemical properties of the crystal, by crystal structure analysis and calculation chemistry simulation methods. We also survey the field, forecast the distribution and exhaust situation of waste materials, and then develop their conversion processing using the best cascade use technology.