Christian Burlet

Geologist/PhD student
Mineralogy & Raw Materials

                      +32 2 788 7653


Christian Burlet obtained his Master in Geology in 2002 from University of Liège (Belgium).

In 2007, he started working for the Geological Survey of Belgium (GSB-RBINS) on a Belgium-Africa cooperation project (, where he worked in applied mineralogy, developing Raman spectroscopy of unstructured Cu, Co and Mn oxidized ores. During the last 5 years, he has been working for several raw materials related EU projects (FP7 and H2020).

He currently coordinates the selective mining work package of the ROBOMINERS H2020 project and works on the LIBS-Screen BRAIN (Belspo) project, developing laser-based spectroscopy tools for fast CRM screening in mining operations. He is a member of the EuroGeoSurveys Minerals and Raw Materials Expert Group. Christian Burlet is also regularly working on archaeometry projects, applying non-destructive or quasi non-destructive analytical techniques on paleontological and archaeological material.

Research groups

Research interests

  • Ore Geology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Archaeometry
  • Instrumentation development


Raw materials, Raman spectroscopy, Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Low-power Electronic Design

Key publications

Mulè G., Burlet C. & Vanbrabant Y., 2017. Automated curve fitting and unsupervised clustering of manganese oxide Raman responses Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 48(11):1665-1675.

Burlet C., Goethals H. & Vanbrabant Y., 2016. Delafossite structure of heterogenite polytypes (HCoO2) by Raman and infrared micro-spectroscopy Spectrochimica Acta Part A, 159:90-97.

Jaubert J., Verheyden S., Genty D., Soulier M., Cheng H., Blamart D., Burlet C., Camus H., Delaby S., Deldicque D., Edwards R. L., Ferrier C., Lacrampe-Cuyaubère F., Lévêque F., Maksud F., Mora P., Muth X., Régnier É., Rouzaud J. & Santos F., 2016. Early Neanderthal constructions deep in Bruniquel Cave in southwestern France. Nature, 534(7605):111-114.

Burlet C., Vanbrabant Y., Piessens K., Welkenhuysen K. & Verheyden S., 2015. Niphargus : a silicon band-gap sensor temperature logger for high-precision environmental monitoring Computers & Geosciences, 74:50–59.

Burlet C. & Vanbrabant Y., 2015. Study of the spectro-chemical signatures of cobalt-manganese layered oxides (asbolane–lithiophorite and their intermediates) by Raman spectroscopy. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 46(10):941–952.


Other activities

Environmental monitoring

Lead of development initiatives GSB-RBINS on instrumentation for environmental monitoring in extreme environments

Réseau de métiers « karst et milieu souterrains »

Involved in activities and factsheets about cave instrumentation (in French only)