Florent Bourgeois


CO2 Utilisation by mineral carbonation; Minerals and waste physico-chemical processing



O2 Utilisation by mineral carbonation

2018-2021 CARBOVAL : Product Valorization and Life Cycle Analysis of Integrated Mineralization – Application to New-Caledonian Ni Slag

  • Objectives: mineralisation of New-Caledonian pyrometallurgical Ni-slags by attrition-leaching; product valorisation in the construction sector; environmental and economic analysis of the integrated mineralisation process in the New-Caledonian context.
  • Funding: ADEME (French Agency for Environment and Energy Management) – Grant #1894C0021

2018-2020 CARBOSCORIES 2 : production of construction materials by mineral carbonation of Ni mining waste in New-Caledonia

  • Objectives: Development of a bench-scale continuous attrition-leaching pilot process; valorisation of mineralisation products in the construction sector
  • Partners: LMDC, CNRT, BRGM
  • Funding: ACE Caledonian Energy Agency No. CS17-3160-00.

2015-2016 CARBOSCORIES : mineral carbonation of Ni mining waste (http://www.cnrt.nc/carboscories/)

  • Objectives: Validation of the attrition-leaching mineralisation process for valorisation of Ni pyrometallurgical waste.
  • Partners: BRGM, IPGP
  • Funding: National Centre for Technology Research – CNRT “Nickel and its environment“).

2009-2012 CARMEX : Ex-situ mineral carbonation of ultramafic ores and mining waste (http://www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/Projet-ANR-08-PCO2-0002)

  • Objectives: proof of concept of the attrition-leaching process for mineralization of silicate ores and mining waste.
  • Partners: BRGM, BioIS, IPGP, Total E&P
  • Funding: ANR French National Research Agency No. ANR-08-PCO2-002; Total E&P).
  • PhD thesis: Benjamin Bonfils https://www.theses.fr/2012INPT0021

Minerals and waste processing

2016-2017 MSP-REFRAM: Multi-Stakeholder Platform for a Secure Supply of Refractory Metals (http://prometia.eu/msp-reframs-project-results-are-now-available/)

  • Objectives: the project takes stock of the current value chain (production, use) of five critical refractory metals: tungsten, tantalum, rhenium, molybdenum and niobium.
  • Partners: all members of the PROMETIA association (http://prometia.eu/members/)
  • Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688993

2010-2012 COFRAGE (http://www.brgm.fr/projet/cofrage-nouvelle-technologie-fragmentation-betons-vue-leur-recyclage)

  • Objectives: Integrated analysis of innovative technologies for selective fragmentation of concretes for recycling in the aggregates and cement industry.
  • Partners: BRGM, IMS, SELFRAG AG, PICHETA (Colas Group)
  • Funding: ANR French National Research Agency, Ecotech program
  • PhD thesis: Nicholas Lippiatt https://www.theses.fr/2014INPT0021

2007-2010 PROPSED :

  • Objectives: Development of physical processes for the recovery of sedimentation sediments.
  • Partners: BRGM, CEREGE, EXTRACT-ECOTERRE (Vinci Group)
  • Funding: ANR French National Research Agency, Ecotech program
  • PhD thesis: Jean-Sébastien Kroll-Rabotin https://www.theses.fr/2010INPT0077

Environmental Technology Verification

2018-2020 ETV4INNOVATION ( etv4innovation.eu)

  • Objectives: Development of online training materials dedicated to SMEs to support and promote the development of Environmental Technology Verification
  • Funding: ERASMUS+ program – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training

Fragmentation, embrittlement, texture and liberation of solids

Particulate sampling, QA/QC


Application & Teaching

Teaching activities:

  • Process and Industrial Engineering undergraduates (Toulouse INP-ENSIACET): multilinear and nonlinear regression modelling, applied statistics and data mining, statistical process control, scientific computing (VBA, R), particulate sampling.

Education and Degrees

HDR in Geosciences, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, France.
Graduate Certificate in Education Specialising in Tertiary Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Queensland, Australia
Ph.D., Extractive Metallurgy, Department of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Utah, U.S.A.
Bachelor of Engineering – Materials Science, École Supérieure de l’Énergie et des Matériaux, Orléans, France.


  • 2006-present: Tenured professor in Chemical and Process Engineering– Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse – Laboratoire de Génie Chimique.
  • 2001-2005 : Project Leader, French Geological Survey (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières), Environment and Process Department. Orléans, France.
  • 1997-2000: Lecturer – Department of Mining, Minerals & Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology / Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, The University of Queensland, Qld, Australia.
  • 1994-1996: Research Fellow – Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Mining Technology and Equipment, Qld, Australia.
  • 1991-1993: Ph.D. – Department of Metallurgical Engineering, College of Mines and Earth Sciences, University of Utah ,U.S.A.
  • 1990: research engineer, National Cold Fusion Institute, University of Utah, U.S.A.