Lluís is professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where he leads a research group that is active worldwide. His main area of expertise is epithermal polymetallic deposits linked to porphyry systems, iron oxide copper gold deposits, and MVT deposits.
In collaboration with his students, Lluís has also published work focusing on VHMS and orogenic gold deposits, mainly in the Andes, as well as on acid mining drainage.
In contrast to views announcing that deposits of mineral raw materials will be exhausted within a few decades, geological evidence indicates that the resources of most mineral commodities are sufficient to supply countless future generation as long as there is a major effort in exploration. Potential future shortages will arise not from physical exhaustion of different metals but from causes related to industrial exploitation, the economy, and environmental or societal pressures on the use of mineral resources. The reasons of the widespread misconception of a rapid exhaustion of mineral resources are reviewed and perspectives on the future supply of mineral resources offered.