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Identifying and recovering heat energy

Capturing emissions from waste-heat hot spots could potentially lead to electricity generation, according to a recent review conducted by the Energy Transformed Flagship. 

RAM™ electrodes - making more from less

CSIRO has developed a method for manufacturing arrays of microelectrodes for electrochemical applications.

Raking in the benefits

Scientists look at how factors such as the size, shape and spacing of rake blades can be modified to improve the performance of gravity thickeners.

X-ray spectroscopy and quantum mechanical modelling

Quantum mechanical modelling can be used to complement experimental measurements such as soft x-ray spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy to develop a better understanding of materials at the atomic level.

Quanta field-emission environmental scanning electron microscope

The FEI Quanta field-emission gun environmental scanning electron microscope (FEG-ESEM) can be used for high-resolution imaging and quantitative chemical analysis.

Process engineering

We apply our expertise in process development, integration, evaluation and scale-up to design new, and improve existing, equipment and processes.

Award for business excellence for Mr John Shaw and his team

This video details the commercialisation of CSIRO-developed QEM*SEM™, world’s best practice in mineral processing, which won Mr John Shaw and his team the 2006 CSIRO Medal for Business Excellence. (1:55)

Investigative work at the nano-scale: removing phosphorus from iron ore

Electron microscopy may help solve the iron ore industry's phosphorus problem. If successful, the work could be worth billions of dollars to the Australian industry.

Titanium: a new production process

CSIRO has developed a new production process for titanium metal powder, shown in this video. (0:46) 

Meeting of models helps reduce toxic waste

Combining a flowsheet model with a thermodynamics computer package has allowed researchers to identify a method for reducing cyanide discharge during gold processing, with the added benefits of reducing reagent consumption and water usage.

Detective work solves zinc smelter's puzzling problem

A multi-strand approach helped researchers resolve an issue of a deteriorating refractory brick lining on a roaster dome at a zinc smelter.

Minimising the effect of minor elements

A new beneficiation flowsheet has the potential to extract value from mining-waste streams and reduce the level of minor elements being dispersed into the environment.

Mining tools & technologies overview

New technology is making the mining and minerals industries safer, more efficient and more sustainable. CSIRO researchers have developed a suite of products to make mining, mineral processing and metal production safer and more efficient.

Minimising waste overview

CSIRO has developed numerous processes and technologies that assist industrial and commercial sectors to reduce waste and emissions.

Social values and sustainable development in the minerals industry

The Social Values & Sustainable Development group is investigating the ethical and social implications of emerging technologies and identifying sustainable development opportunities within the minerals industry.

Minerals industry moving towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions

CSIRO researchers have identified major opportunities to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in the minerals sector.

Turning up the heat on energy savings

A recently developed on-line analysis technique will help those in the minerals processing industry identify environmentally sustainable production methods while generating positive economic outcomes. 

Mr Mike Millen: developing online solutions for the minerals industry

Mr Millen has more than 25 years experience working on the development of online analysis instrumentation for use in the minerals processing, coal and energy industries.


CSIRO's microcharacterisation team are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories featuring unique ultra-high resolution electron microscopy and microanalysis capabilities.

Mapping the mineralogy of meteorites

QEMSCAN technology is helping our researchers better understand the mineralogical structure of meteorite samples.

Treating waste from metallurgical operations

CSIRO is examining the chemical, physical and mineralogical nature of a range of diverse metallurgical waste material to develop waste treatment technologies for operators.

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.

Mathematics helps optimise crystallisation process

A mathematical tool is helping to optimise the crystallisation process used to refine bauxite to alumina.

Luminescence spectroscopy

A recently developed luminescence database provides a useful tool for those analysing luminescence within minerals and mineral products.

Stainless steel's load lightened

Researchers have used life-cycle assessment to compare different processes used to produce stainless steel.

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