LCA shows full picture on energy use
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is helping the minerals industry obtain a true picture of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of different processes and identifying opportunities for improving performance.
A recently developed luminescence database provides a useful tool for those analysing luminescence within minerals and mineral products.
King Island's win-win
The hunt for an alternative fuel source on remote King Island led researchers to develop a solution which met fuel requirements and addressed a waste cardboard issue.
Ionic liquids for metal production
The fact that ionic liquids can be tuned to suit various applications such as catalysis, synthesis and electrochemistry is generating both scientific and commercial interest.
In-depth insight to improve mill design
A novel program that models the behaviour of rocks within crushing and grinding mills is helping to improve energy efficiency and could accelerate the development of new comminution machinery.
Insight brings benefits
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and physical modelling are allowing researchers to visualise what is happening inside industrial mixer-settlers and to experiment with potential improvements without interrupting production.
The JEOL 8500F-CL HyperProbe field-emission gun electron probe microanalyser (FEG-EPMA) is a world-leading instrument for high-resolution and high-sensitivity microanalysis of solid samples.
The many advantages of solution processing have seen hydrometallurgy become a significant technology in the production of a range of valuable commodities such as alumina, base metals, gold, mineral sands and uranium. (8 pages)
Bigger not always better in gold adsorption
Researchers using computer microtomography have overturned a long-held theory about the role of carbon's macro pores in gold adsorption - a discovery that has the potential to improve this important step in gold production.
Energy generation and storage
We’ve got the power – CSIRO is generating and storing energy.
Now and for the future, CSIRO is researching how to efficiently create energy from existing and new sources and how to store it.
Electron probe microanalysis, a non-destructive technique used to analyse specimen surfaces for elemental concentration and speciation, can potentially be used to identify mineralogical related problems across a range of industries.