NCSU Minerals Research Laboratory
The Minerals Research Laboratory is a world leader in research, development, and implementation of mineral processing techniques. The MRL is part of the North Carolina State University College of Engineering, under the management of the NCSU Industrial Extension Service.
We engineer success for North Carolina business one solution at a time by understanding our partners, building long-term relationships, crafting meaningful sustainable solutions, and inspiring continuous learning.
MRL serves clients across the state of North Carolina and in many different regions of the U.S., and we work with many international clients as well.
The main focus of MRL's research is the beneficiation of industrial minerals -- that is, deriving and exploiting minerals for the benefit of commerce and industry. MRL's experience in industrial minerals is unmatched by any university laboratory in the United States.
The lab conducts effective research through a unique partnership between industry, government and academia. Most of MRL's research efforts are conducted for corporate sponsors. MRL research may be conducted on-site at client facilities or in our own facility, on our mineral processing equipment.
As part of a Land Grant Institution, technical assistance and service to the public is also part of the MRL mission; as a result, the lab often undertakes public service projects. One of our most popular efforts to relate our purpose and activities to the general public is our educational outreach program. MRL also teaches a college-level course on mineral separation technology in conjunction with UNC-Asheville.
MRL and NC High-Purity Quartz on BBC Radio
The BBC Radio Program "Chips With Everything," discussed the importance of high-purity North Carolina quartz to the semiconductor industry. The program focused on Mitchell and Avery counties, which together supply over 90% of the world's high-purity quartz. Former Minerals Research Laboratory director Robert Carland was featured in the program.
Mission, Vision, & Values
The MRL's mission is the same as the Industrial Extension Service: to engineer success for North Carolina business one solution at a time. The laboratory performs applied research that enables companies and communities to exploit the mineral resources in their areas. The MRL serves North Carolina mining and mineral-reliant industries, but also serves clients across the United States and around the world.
The IES Vision is make North Carolina #1 in every market IES serves. The MRL is recognized as a center of expertise in the specific field of mineral characterization, analysis, and economic utilization.
The MRL values mirror the IES values: Integrity; Fearless; Customer First; Tradition; and Passion.