About The Project

Objectives and Targets of the Project
Objective 1

Investigation of geochemical and thermodynamic variables of the serpentinization process

Objective 2

Development and Implementation of the reverse process (serpentine to dunite)

Target 1

Refractory magnesite - olivine masses

Investigation on laboratory and industrial level of the dunite exploitation for refractory magnesite - olivine masses production from waste streams
Target 2

Refractory dunite bricks

Investigation on laboratory and industrial level of the dunite exploitation for refractory dunite bricks production from waste streams
Target 3

Production of high-value products

Investigation on laboratory and industrial level of the dunite exploitation for production of high-value products
Actions and Deliverables
Duration 26 - 34 months
Industrial testing in a rotary kiln, where serpentinated waste of selected quality will be heat treated for its transformation into dunite. The produced product will be used for the production of olivine refractory bricks and masses, vased on laboratory compositions. Quality Control/Quality Analysis on the created, refractory products, according to the their future use, such as controls on microstructure and mineral composition, density and porosity, as well as thermomechanical properties
Duration 2 - 18 months
The first step involves the establishment of the Coordination and Scientific team and the corroboration of the smooth and efficient progress of the project through the use of optimal processes between the partners, according to the proposed project plan. Among the results there will be found a meticulous bibliographic review of the project and the project's website.
Duration 3 - 36 months
Experiments of heat treatment and conversion of sterile rock into dunite. Implentation of granulometric, petrographic and mineral analysis of the initial and final samples (SEM, XRD etc) and chemical & geochemical analysis (XRF, ICP-MS etc). Statistical analysis and results processing leading to modeling the experimental process
Duration 13 - 30 months
Laboratory development of refractory products via the serpentine conversion process, in close collaboration with all project's partners.
Duration 3 - 36 months
Daily sampling from magnesite mines in Gerakini - Geological and Repository mapping of the area of the magnesite mines of Gerakini, Chalkidiki
Duration 31 - 36 months
Composition of economic and technical feasibility-sustainability study upon the developed technology

Our News

Mineralogical and Geochemical Investigation of the Alteration of Ultramafic Magnesite- Hosting Rocks from Gerakini (Chalkidiki, Northern Greece)
First report of Fe inclusions in olivine: olivine from the magnesite-hosting ultramafic rocks of Gerakini, Chalkidiki, Northern Greece
Characterization and evaluation of magnesite ore mining procedures by-products from Gerakini mines, Chalkidiki, Greece

Our Partners



    The company GRECIAN MAGNESITE (founded 1959) is ranked among the world's leading magnesia producers and holds the position of the second largest exporter in Europe...

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    The group of companies of MATHIOS PYRIMAXA SA has been active for many years in the production of refractory masses ...

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  • North Aegean Slops A.E (NAS)

    North Aegean Slops A.E (NAS)

    The individual enterprise with the distinctive title NORTH AEGEAN SLOPS was founded in 1998 in Thessaloniki by Elias Orphanides and was transformed in 2017 according to the provisions...

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  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    The research organization that will take part in this project is the Laboratory of Chemistry and Environmental Technology of the Department of Chemistry of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Its members...

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    With the co-financing of Greece and the European Union