Bio-leaching technologies offer potential to access ores which house most of the world’s copper resources, but can not be economically extracted using existing techniques.
Smart chemical sensors
Robust chemical sensor technologies have the potential to provide closed loop feedback control systems for copper and gold leaching operations.
Salty waste a potentially sweet deal
Using desalination plants’ hyper-saline discharge in solar salt fields could increase production and halve the space required by conventional salt fields, research that uses technoeconomics is finding.
Mr Howard Poynton: managing materials characterisation research
Mr Howard Poynton leads the Materials Characterisation team for CSIRO's Process Science and Engineering Division. His team combines industry-leading expertise with sophisticated technology and techniques to characterise the physical, chemical, thermal and mechanical properties of materials and ores.
Dr Leon Prentice: engineering new processes
Dr Leon Prentice is a chemical engineer with expertise in the development of novel processes and materials, and experience in processing minerals and metals and developing biomaterials.
Precious and base metals hydrometallurgy
CSIRO is working closely with research partners and the Australian minerals industry to maximise the returns from mineral resources derived using hydrometallurgical processes while reducing the environmental impact of these processes.
Online analysis and control
CSIRO Process Science and Engineering works closely with industry to develop online tools and techniques that provide improved measurement and control of processes.