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Uranium is an increasingly valuable commodity because nuclear energy is currently viewed as a viable way to meet the green energy demands of our global community. Because of this, the minerals sector is experiencing an increase in uranium exploration activity. SGS is the international laboratory of choice for uranium testing services.

Our experienced analytical professionals and technicians can provide unparalleled test results for your uranium project. We have developed the expertise and stringent safety infrastructure needed to work with this commodity.

SGS is licensed to perform uranium analyses and assays at select facilities globally. Analytical services that we offer include:

  • Sample preparation
  • Mobile metal ion (MMITM) leach and analysis 
  • Sample digestion (aqua regia leach, multi-acid digest, sodium peroxide or borate fusion, lithium metaborate fusion)
  • Laboratory analysis by XRF, ICP-AES, ICP-MS and INAA
  • Major elements and pathfinder element analysis including B, As, V, Ni, Co, Cr, Mo, Pb and Zn
  • Mineralogical assessments and identifications
  • Proper sample handling, short term storage and disposal

Mobile Metal Ion (MMITM) Analysis

MMI is a powerful geochemical exploration tool that enables companies to explore for areas deeply buried deposits. It can identify targets that have previously been missed by traditional surface geochemistry. MMI measures mobile metal ions, including uranium, in surface soils. These mobile metal ions are released from ore bodies and travel upward toward the surface. Using sophisticated chemical processes and instrumentation, MMI is able to measure these ions, in surface soils, to determine accurately where uranium mineralization is located.

Mineral Identification, Textures and Chemistry

SGS has many mineralogical tools for uranium minerals. These include electron microprobe, optical microscopy, image analysis, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Quantitative Evaluation by Scanning Electron Microscope (QEMSCAN®). Uranium minerals can be identified by XRD and their composition quantified using electron microprobe or QEMSCAN®. This equipment determines uranium in trace phases or can highlight environmental concerns.

SGS offers you the unique advantage of combined skill sets, industry expertise and handling protocols that you won’t find anywhere else. Partner with us for reliable, safe uranium analytical testing, on-time and on-budget.