Precious and base metals hydrometallurgy

Quantitative mineralogy characterisation and predictive modelling of hydrometallurgical performance

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The identification and analysis of the complex assemblages of minerals in ores requires a range of techniques and skills. Our expertise in this area includes:

  • quantitative x-ray diffraction analysis of concentrates, ores, leach residues and scale materials 
  • in situ x-ray diffraction capability to follow mineralogical changes in real time under simulated industrial conditions
  • synchrotron and neutron diffraction capability for studies into the mechanism and kinetics of crystallisation and crystal growth
    Research scientist with the QEMSCAN unit at CSIRO's Australian Minerals Research Centre.

    Sophie Morrell with the QEMSCAN unit at CSIRO's Australian Minerals Research Centre, in Waterford, Western Australia. Photo by Darryl Peroni.

  • automated scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis of ores and concentrates with mineral association and mineral liberation analysis (using QEMSCAN)
  • surface analysis using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
  • TGA/TGA MS and vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR, FT Raman)
  • diagnostic and sequential leaching tools
  • x-ray microtomography (non-destructive analysis).

Our researchers are using the above tools to predict the process performance of ores based on their mineralogy and geology, an approach known as geometallurgy.