The company "Diamant", LLC was founded in Dubna, Moscow region in 2014 for the development of applications of the tagged neutrons method in the diamond mining industry, as well as to create new technology to determine the elemental composition of rocks and minerals.
In 2015, Diamant LLC. received the status of a resident of the Skolkovo innovation center.
At present, an agreement has been concluded between the Skolkovo Innovation Fund and "Diamant" LLC on a grant for the implementation of the project "Development and creation of devices for the elemental analysis of rocks using the tagged neutron method".
It is proposed to develop and create a prototype separator for dry enrichment of kimberlite ore based on the method of tagged neutrons (TNM), which allows you to detect diamonds in kimberlite rock without its destruction. The validity of the TNM technology was confirmed in tests of the prototype at the processing complex of Pomorskaya factory of OJSC Severalmaz, AK ALROSA (PJSC). The possibility of detecting diamonds in pieces of rock ten times larger than the size of diamond is shown. The optimum ore size and the minimum detectable diamond size are determined.
It is also planned to further develop the TNM technology for analyzing the elemental composition of rocks and minerals in the field. A prototype of rock analyzer based on the TNM will be created.
As a result of the project, an experimental separator for dry enrichment of kimberlite ore based on the ММН will be created with the ability to detect diamonds weighing from 5 carats (with a particle size of 8 mm) and producing 1 ton of kimberlite rock per hour. On the basis of the developed pilot plant, it will be possible to create industrial complexes with a productivity of 20-30 tons of rock per hour.
A prototype of ore analyzer based on the TNM will also be created, allowing in field conditions to determine the concentrations of various chemical elements (Na, Mg, C, N, O, F, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Ti, Cr , Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Zr, Pb, Sn, Bi).