Mineral to metal: Gold (Au)
A soft and malleable metal, gold is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and can be whitened by adding nickel or palladium
Collaboration: What lies beneath
The Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre is looking into faster and more sustainable ways to detect mineral deposits deeper underground. David Simpson reports
International: New field of vision
An advanced detection system developed to accurately locate ore bodies is also used to find undetonated explosives. Tony Heselev reports
A brave new world
Tim Thwaites explores the modern world of sensors and sensor networks
International: Water rights
The challenge of operating in a dry climate with scarce water supplies is not unique to the Australian minerals industry. Tim Treadgold speaks with Dr Mike Trefry about water management in Chile.
Mineral to metal: Iron (Fe)
Iron is the second most common element on earth and is thought to be a major component of the earth’s crust and inner core.
High amp testing: Energy savings
Jodie Parry investigates an unlikely source of energy loss in the metal production industry - the humble electrical connection.
Feature: A vision in charcoal
The Australian steel industry has been hit hard by the high dollar, rising raw material prices and low cost imports. Technologies developed by CSIRO and its industry partners could set the industry on a new, low emissions path. Tony Heselev reports.
Our resilient coastal Australia
The Wealth from Oceans Flagship is providing Australia's governments, industries and communities with the scientific knowledge, tools and approaches to make wise decisions about our uses of coastal environments.
Australia's shale gas potential
Shale gas has the potential to change the global energy market. Already, it has transformed the energy sector in the USA, positioning the USA as a potential net exporter rather than importer. Worldwide interest in shale gas has increased, and large shale gas reserves have since been identified in countries in Europe and Asia, as well as Australia.
Australia and India to collaborate on clean fuel production
In a time when Australia’s liquid transport fuel supplies are declining and our transport needs are growing, a research partnership between Australia and India could provide a solution to a number of energy concerns and ultimately reduce the reliance of both countries on imported fuels.
Offshore oil and gas
Working with industry, government and academia to deliver focused research and technology for the safe, efficient and sustainable use of Australia's marine wealth.