Me and ores!

in StemSocial9 months ago

A little life update: My dogs are out to ruin my life because they wouldn’t let me sleep last night, and now I hate them and they’re kicked out of my room tonight and for the foreseeable future. I fell asleep at 5am when I got fed up and finally kicked them out of my room, and I just woke up. And also, because of them, I couldn’t process the remaining documents I needed to get today for my new job at a new lab.


Look at them steal my bed as if they own it 😤

And since I mentioned a new lab, I thought of writing about the samples I’ll soon be handling there while I do a quick review of my basic metal chemistry.
In the new lab I’ll be going to, I’ll be handling ores!!!!!


These were the last batch of ore samples I analyzed in the previous lab I was in

Ores are metal deposits. They’re where you get your metals from and lucky for them, I’m not a stranger to the commodity. In my previous job, I was actually the one mostly handling the ore samples. Usually these samples come in bulk so whenever we receive ore samples, we usually receive around 4 (the fewest samples I have ever received) to 90 (the most number of samples I’ve received. And each sample has 2 trials. So there’s trial A and trial B and this is to check whether the results we get will be the same.


This is them in solution form. Here I have iron ores ready for iron titration. You can see that there's a trial A and B on the labels

Back in my old lab, we were only able to accomodate copper, iron and nickel ores, the common ones used for mass production. And this was mostly because we lacked the instrumentation and methods to process other types of ores.

I believe that in the new lab, they handle the analysis and extraction of all 89 metals in the periodic table and I do believe that they have the instrumentation suitable for the elemental analysis of each. I’m just not sure with their digestion process and whether it’s a one-pot digestion or a multi-step digestion process. I’m curious because each metal group has a different pH preference, and ultimately, a different mobilizing/extracting agent.
Before I dive further into metal extraction and all that, I should talk about ore basics first.


An Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. This is usually used to to measure an element in a sample when liquefied.

So first and foremost, Metal ores aren’t renewable like what they appear to be. The supply is actually becoming very limited and the most people can mine now are refractory ores. It takes millions of years for ores to form, very much like coal and fossil fuels. And to make them, there’s 3 different processes for it. Internal processes (mostly metamorphic/igneous rocks/ores), hydrothermal processes (mostly igneous and metamorphic rocks/ores are taken from here) and superficial processes (mostly sedimentary rocks/ores).

So when we say internal processes, this is due to volcanic activities. Then hydrothermally formed ores are the same, but in their case, these kinds of ores form from the activity of underground volcanoes. In this case, unusual ores are formed since seawater contains just as many metals as that of molten lava, if not, maybe more. For the superficial process, these are the orese that either form from sedimentation, erosion, rock cleavage or any other physical process and they’re only surface level ores. These never form with heat, and believe it or not, meteorites are actually classified under this ore type. Cool, right?

Meteorites are actually high in iron too and no, I’ve never analyzed a meteorite yet, or maybe I have yet the client never told me about it. Would be cool if I analyzed a meteorite though because I would be holding a literal shooting star!


Asteroids and meteorites that have landed on earth!

Fun fact that everyone may or may not know: meteorites are shooting stars. They burn up while entering the earth’s atmosphere so they usually don’t even reach the earth’s surface. The rare ones that do make it are never that big unless it was really big to begin with.

On my next blog: Ore types and very basic metal extraction methods!

That's all from me today! Thank you for your time UwU



I passed by this post yesterday after glancing at the title and thinking that a post about dogs and cookies wouldn't be that interesting.....

Good luck on the new job and brilliant as always :-)

Lol I already wrote that it's about ores but I keep forgetting that the first image always becomes the article thumbnail 🤣🤣🤣

Ores, Oreos....simple mistake

Ahh oreos- I didn't think about that OnO
Now I want Oreos 🤦

This was an interesting and educative piece. I love how you began from life update to work update, plus you gave us some lectures 😃 it made lots of sense.

Those dogs will conquer your bed and leave you to lay on the floor very soon 😅 get ready for their hostile takeover.

Since I rarely write about personal stuff, I try to find a way to include myself in it to make me seem more.... Human 🤣 and it's a sort of way to personalize something since not everyone wants to dive into information straight away

That's true!
Sometimes people want to read more or know more about the writer than the writing. They want to see whether there's there's correlation between the writer and the writing, and they want to be sure if it's a human or a bot 😅😅 or a bot controlled by a dog 🤣🤣🤣

You did so well
At least I'm also getting to know the you part of your writing

Well if it's STEM writing then I mostly base off experience and how relevant it is in my life thus the short but very personal intros I haven't even gotten to food science yet but I have a few drafts ready for that since I've worked in food labs before too


You seem to be so deep into Chemistry and Laboratory work.

If I may ask, what will be the end product of your analysis with the ore? Will it be taken to the manufacturing field?

Because I'm a chemist

As for the end product, we usually just give data to the client. If they have a standard on the amount of metal present in the ore and the ore they sent us reaches that amount then it proceeds to metal extraction then mass production, otherwise they may or may not have wasted funds on useless rocks. But that's why they have all possible metals in the rocks checked, so they know that if the rocks can't be used for iron extraction, then maybe they can use it for nickel, copper, etc

Thank you for your response, this is quite clear and understable 👌

Ang cute ng doggos. Same thing happens to me all the time with my dogs. haha. !PIZZA

Well dogs are dogs 🤣 they like it so they get it

You know what? The fact that your dogs are having this much fun around you... to the extent of claiming your bed... shows that they are so happy to always be spend time with you. Haha. It's like when kids want to be around their Mum. The Mum may want to be alone, but the kids won't have that. Haha.

These dogs also have nice fur. I'm not sure if I'm a dog person. Hehe. Never had one, but I enjoyed reading about the type of rapport you have with yours.

I found this post while screening in our beloved Port. The last two images seems to be taken from sites which do not offer free images.

You can get free images from Canva, pexels, unsplash, pixabay or Wikimedia commons.

Feel free to fit in images from such places so your post can get approved in screening. If it's too hard to do that on this post, you can have it in mind for your next submission.

Canva, excel, pixabay and the other open source photo services rarely offer me any laboratory equipment specific photo so it's probably never going to be applicable on what I write unless they include that in their photos. It's why I choose to show the image source link instead so that I'm still crediting its source. I appreciate the tip and for stopping by

Yeah. Even when images are taken from free sites, adding the URL is important.

For laboratory materials, you can try Wikimedia commons. Pexels, pixabay and unsplash can also give you those, but I'm not too sure about it.

In some cases, it may warrant designing your own image in places like Canva. That may not exactly be as descriptive as an image taken from sites that claims copyright, but it's safer and keeps your blog free from copyright infringement since we all earn from what we post on Hive content.

I appreciate the tip and for stopping by

Nice. Hope to see more of your submission on the port.

Interesting read!

Fun fact that everyone may or may not know: meteorites are shooting stars. They burn up while entering the earth’s atmosphere so they usually don’t even reach the earth’s surface.

As far as I know, before they make contact with the atmosphere they're called "meteoroids". As they make contact with the atmosphere and burn up they're called "meteors", and only when they reach the surface they're called "meteorites". Most meteoroids don't become meteorites because they don't survive the journey, so they end up becoming meteors.

Not much of an astrology fan so all throughout they're space rock to me. But I know their classification prior to entering the earth's atmospheric varies on size so they could be asteroids too instead of meteors out there

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