High school student recovers diamonds with the SELFRAG Lab

Edmonton High School Student Hamdi Ali has completed an internship at the University of Alberta’s Diamond Research facility (DERTS) developing new methods of liberating diamonds from kimberlites.

As part of the Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST) program, Hamdi found that mechanically crushed portions of kimberlite yielded no diamonds, while the electric pulse fragmented (EPF) samples treated in the SELFRAG Lab system yielded seven undamaged diamonds. Hamdi later presented this research to De Beers Diamond Exploration Group and at the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum.

The original article can be found on the University of Alberta website here.

Hamdi also took part in a radio interview with CBC which can be listed to below: