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About the placement

This internship is with ABx and is facilitated by the CSIRO's Generation STEM Links program.

You will be working with an experienced team to accelerate laboratory and pilot plant work to scale-up the novel Alcore processes for producing hydrogen fluoride and aluminium fluoride from industrial waste.

You will start this placement by getting hands on experience in the lab, conducting small scale sulphate dissolution and separation experiments. This will give you a good understanding of the procedures and processes needed for scaled manufacturing. You will use this knowledge to contribute to the commercial plant design and suggest improvements to the processes and procedures. 

Hydrogen fluoride is used in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, and aluminium fluoride is an essential chemical for aluminium smelting. The Alcore process involves advanced chemistry to produce hydrogen fluoride and aluminium fluoride from lower-cost feed materials, including industrial waste.

Work arrangements

  • Start date: Late September/October 
  • Working arrangement: 2 days a week on a fixed term contract,
  • Remuneration: $25/hour on a temporary contract with the Industry Partner.
  • Location: Berkeley Vale

Desired capabilities

  • Studying a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering or other relevant undergraduate qualification.
  • Experience with report writing.
  • Understanding of design.
  • Enjoys problem solving.
  • Willingness to learn new skills. 
  • Creativity and innovation.


  • Must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be in your penultimate or final year of an undergraduate qualification.

About the industry partner

ABx Group is delivering materials for a cleaner future. It currently has three areas of focus:

  1. Establishing a plant to produce hydrogen fluoride and aluminium fluoride from recycled industrial waste, to replace imports.
  2. Discovering and developing an ionic adsorption clay rare earth project in northern Tasmania.
  3. Mining and enhancing bauxite resources for the cement, aluminium and fertiliser industries.


If you are interested in this internship, please submit your EOI and CV online through the Student Application webform and please specify CODE00054a.

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