Through our Advanced Characterisation Facility, we deliver high quality and accurate information to improve understanding of mineral resources. We have a range of state-of-the-art analysis and characterisation equipment, which we apply across the minerals value chain from exploration to processing.

The challenge

Reliable mineral data

Our specialist characterisation facilities are housed in Perth and Melbourne.  ©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 exploration, mining, processing and metal production value chain can make an enormous difference to the viability and productivity of an operation. 

Often this data can only be produced by specialists using highly advanced 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

Characterisation image showing strontium.

We bring together advanced characterisation and analytical expertise and equipment in six laboratories in Perth and Melbourne to improve understanding of mineral systems for a wide range of commodities.

Our state-of-the-art equipment include:

  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Electron microprobes (EPMA)
  • Automated Mineralogy (QEMSCAN, TIMA)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • X-ray fluorescence (CRF)
  • X-ray computer tomography microscope (HRXCT)
  • Nuclear Microprobe (PIXE)
  • Particle analysers
  • Optical microscopes
  • Specialist sample preparation facilities.

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We offer services and contract-based research to clients in business, industry and government.

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