Dr Rao Balusu: leading research into coal mining
Dr Rao Balusu is a senior principal mining engineer who leads CSIRO’s coal mining research. He has expertise in ventilation, gas control, CFD modelling, spontaneous combustion management and dust control.
Total scanning fluorescence (TSF)
Total scanning fluorescence (TSF) is a technique that provides fluorescence fingerprints for oil, surface and oil inclusion extracts from rock samples.
Timeframes of basin evolution
This research focuses primarily on the application of inorganic geochemistry to problems in petroleum exploration, and to a lesser extent, field appraisal and production.
Strontium as a chemical tracer
CSIRO Petroleum utilizes strontium as a chemical tracer to discriminate between plant and animal products grown in different locations.
Shale gas research program
CSIRO is currently developing a shale gas program to cover research issues and the delivery of services to the Australian petroleum industry.
Shale Research Centre
The Shale Research Centre conducts experimental and theoretical research on shale properties and problems.
Petroleum geoscience: rock mechanics
CSIRO’s Rock Mechanics Laboratory undertakes research and testing for exploration, development and production scenarios in the oil industry as well as for the geological storage of carbon dioxide.