Advanced resource characterisation facility

Our Advanced Characterisation Facility houses a diverse array of state-of-the-art equipment used in to analyse and characterise materials specific to the minerals and resource sector.

The Challenge

Reliable mineral data

Our specialist characterisation facilities are housed in Perth and Melbourne. © (C) 2012 Damien Smith Photography

Mining, exploration and mineral processing require high quality, accurate data about the character and composition of mineral resources.

The availability of such data available at key stages in the mining, processing and production chain can make an enormous difference to the viability and productivity of an operation.

Often this data can only be produced by niche expertise using highly specialised equipment or through services customised to a company's specific needs.

Our science aims to support Australia's resource industries for the continuing prosperity of our nation. We do this through the expertise of our people, our facilities and the specialised services we can deliver.

Our Response

Specialised equipment, recognised expertise and customised service

We offer an array of specialised facilities and services to support mineral resource characterisation for the nation's mineral resources sector.

Characterisation image showing strontium.

Our Advanced Characterisation Facility encompasses the electron beam and x-ray laboratories at the Australian Resources Research Centre in Perth and has additional nodes in Melbourne.

The Electron Beam and X-ray laboratories make use of state-of-the-art equipment, including scanning electron microscopes (SEM), electron microprobes, x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray fluorescence (XRF), x-ray computer tomography microscope (CT) and optical microscopes, coupled with specialist preparation to aid in the location and characterisation of ore and exploration sample media.

Equipment and services available include:

  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Nuclear microprobe
  • Specialist preparation services
  • Tornado element mapping
  • X-ray ct scanning
  • X-ray diffraction.


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