The company first revealed its collaborative agreement, to develop LIBS technology for geochemical applications, with US based SciAps Inc (SciAps), in December 2014.
Since that time LIT and SciAps have worked together to develop a practical means of achieving real-time lithium geochemical assays with equipment designed and manufactured by SciAps.
The first results were reported to the market earlier in the month, with LIT demonstrating good correlation in field trials, when compared with other field techniques.
LIT will now extend its LIBS technology research, with SciAps, to process control applications.
Adaption of LIBS technology to this function may provide a significant edge in laboratory testing, pilot plant studies and ultimately in the production environment.
LIBS process control applications will be evaluated during the course of pre-feasibility process studies, soon to be commenced by LIT as part of the commercialisation of its proprietary Sileach™ process technology.
More extensive soil geochemical applications will be implemented in the near future.
Adrian Griffin, managing director for LIT, commented:
"Any breakthrough for a hand-held product would reduce exploration costs and time and potentially lift discovery rates and turnaround times on analysing potential new deposits.”
"Such an outcome will deliver the first ever practical means of locating lithium
pegmatites using real-time and hand-held systems able to generate geochemical
analysis out in the field.
"This approach will enable high-resolution geochemical programs to be undertaken rapidly, reduce reliance on more expensive and timeconsuming exploration techniques and significantly reduce our exploration costs for the discovery of lithium pegmatites."