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CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
Large-scale, long-term, multidisciplinary science to address Australia's major national challenges and opportunities.
CSIRO expertise is organised into 11 research areas
CSIRO manages national facilities and collections that are opened to researchers around Australia and overseas.
We are using life cycle analysis to calculate the water use - both direct and indirect - used in metal production.
Powerful x-rays can now be used to rapidly and accurately detect gold in ore samples, a move that could save the minerals industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
The November issue of resourceful features CSIRO's landmark survey on citizen attitudes towards mining.
Our scientists have custom made and 3D printed a set of titanium shoes for one Melbourne race horse in a first for the sport.
- CSIRO is working with industry to increase recovery rates, improve the handling of valuable metals and enhance operational practices.
- CSIRO works closely with its research partners and industry to ensure Australia's alumina industry remains competitive.
- Our characterisation team combines industry-leading expertise with today’s most sophisticated technology and techniques to explore the physical, chemical, thermal and mechanical properties of a wide range of materials and ore types.
- CSIRO researchers are developing novel materials and cost-effective production processes to meet the needs of industry.
- CSIRO's research in mineral processing is helping operators improve their profitability and environmental performance.
CSIRO's research in mineral processing is helping operators improve their profitability and environmental performance.
- 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.
- We apply our expertise in process development, integration, evaluation and scale-up to design new, and improve existing, equipment and processes.
- CSIRO Process Science and Engineering works closely with industry to develop online tools and techniques that provide improved measurement and control of processes.
Dr Anita Hill leads the division's staff at sites in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Dr Marcus Zipper guides the scientific and commercial direction of the division.
Dr Mark Cooksey is applying industry experience in process improvement to the development and optimisation of new processes.
Dr Kathie McGregor is an electrochemist, who uses her specialised understanding of metal complex chemistry to develop improved industrial metal production processes.
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CSIRO researchers are developing new ways of using radiation to solve challenging measurement and imaging problems.
The aim of in situ studies is to reproduce the conditions that are present in systems found across a wide range of environments.
The fact that ionic liquids can be tuned to suit various applications such as catalysis, synthesis and electrochemistry is generating both scientific and commercial interest.
Solvent extraction is a useful technology for the separation, purification and recovery of metals.
Analysing light emissions from the plasma generated by laser pulses can provide insight into the elemental make up of a range of different materials.
CSIRO’s site at Clayton, Victoria is adjacent to Monash University and the Australian Synchrotron. More than 800 staff members work in energy, resources, forestry, manufacturing, chemicals, health, information, agribusiness and more.
At Waterford, CSIRO is developing improved processing techniques for Australia’s A$40 billion per annum mineral and metal export industry.
The Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) is a collaboration between CSIRO and the State Government of Queensland. Research at QCAT covers robotics and automation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, casting processes, mining science and engineering and improvement of iron ore processing.
CSIRO Lucas Heights provides facilities for 80 staff for research in energy, environment and minerals.
CSIRO at the Waite Campus undertakes a range of research in land and water management, sustainable farming systems, precision agriculture, plant science and mathematics and statistics.
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