The first issue of resourceful was published in July, 2012.
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Collaboration: 20 years and counting
This year the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies celebrates its 20th anniversary, and Maryrose Cuskelly thinks there’s plenty more to come
Industry engagement: United nation
Over its 20-year lifespan the Parker Centre delivered world class hydrometallurgy research to the Australian minerals industry, but it seems all good things have to come to an end. Adam Courtenay reports
New research: Organic meets inorganic
Mineral explorers have had great success in using ancient coral reefs to find zinc deposits in the Kimberley, but links between organic matter and ore deposits remain a mystery. A WA research cluster is examining this relationship. Tim Treadgold reports
New research: Paradigm shift
Research and industry partners have come together to develop practical tools to predict the performance of certain ore bodies throughout the processing stage of the mine cycle. David Simpson reports
International: The Chilean connection
The CSIRO Chile Centre of Excellence is the first offshore venture for CSIRO. Kathy Uribe investigates how Australia’s national science agency ended up in South America
Research perspective: Strength in numbers
Australia’s future depends on research and industry working together, writes Dr Calum Drummond, group executive of manufacturing, materials and minerals research at CSIRO
Industry perspective: Cultivating good ideas
Sydney-based company Direct Nickel is set to unlock millions of tonnes of untapped nickel laterite reserves with a new extraction process, but it hasn’t worked alone. Direct Nickel managing director and CEO Russell Debney explains the benefits and importance of strategic collaboration.
Exploration: A glass earth
Unprecedented collaboration has brought together government, research institutes, universities and industry in a bold initiative to look through the regolith and uncover the next generation of Australia’s mineral wealth. Tony Heselev reports
Feature: Nitric Nickel
A new environmentally friendly processing method that uses and recycles nitric acid could unlock 70 per cent of the world’s nickel. Tim Treadgold reports
Mineral to Metal: Nickel (Ni)
Nickel is a versatile metal that is strong and alloys readily. These traits, combined with its resistance to heat and corrosion, mean that it is a perfect ingredient for making stainless steel. About 65 per cent of the world’s nickel is used in stainless steel production
Our researchers are investigating how to make the metal production industry more sustainable
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
Our research in mineral processing includes fluid process modelling, high temperature processing, hydrometallurgy, materials characterisation, processing and agglomeration, and process engineering
Our researchers in mineral exploration have expertise in many areas including geochemistry, geophysics, 3D mineral mapping, geoscience data infrastructure and modelling
Fugitive emissions from coal seam gas
Coal seam gas (CSG) is a rapidly expanding industry in Australia but at present there is very little measurement based information available regarding fugitive emissions from the CSG production process.