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Development of a lensless microfluidic instrument for in-situ measurement of facies-dependent dissolution kinetics

Condensed matter physics, chemistry & nanosciences Engineering sciences Optics - Laser optics - Applied optics Physical chemistry and electrochemistry


This thesis is part of an ambitious program designated as a priority research program. This project identifies the subsoil as a major reservoir of resources necessary for the energy transition.
One of the major issues is the dissolution of ores in the context of mining and extractive metallurgy. In particular, with the objective of process industrialization, the dissolution kinetics of ores must be compatible with the footprint of the installations, biocompatibility and the volume of reagents consumed.
The observation today is the very strong mismatch between the volume of experimental data produced and those necessary to model the chemical processes essential to demonstrate the viability of industrial processes.
This thesis proposes to develop a millifluidic prototype bench for mass kinetic data acquisition using lensless imaging techniques. This will make it possible to measure dissolution reaction kinetics using 3D reconstitution techniques, in-situ, under stable chemical conditions and with statistical representativeness allowing the original properties of the solid to be taken into account.
A large part of the research will be directed towards the development of the lensless optical technique in a millifluidic device and the mass production of chemical kinetic data for catalytic dissolution models.
The desired profile is that of a general physics and chemistry student, with a strong desire to learn in areas they are least familiar with, such as microfluidics or optics. At the end of this thesis, the student will acquire solid professional experience in applied research and will learn to evolve in a multithematic environment.


Département de recherche sur les procédés pour la mine et le recyclage du combustible
Service des Technologies Durables pour le Cycle des matières
Laboratoire de développement de procédés pour le Recyclage et la Valorisation
Université de Lorraine
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