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Mining and critical minerals

Efficient extraction of minerals is key to the mining industry’s future, and we’re exploring how to maximise our mineral resources towards a low-carbon tomorrow.

Areas of focus

  • Critical mineral processing
  • Hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy
  • Process modelling and simulation
  • Effective treatment and management of water resources
  • Zero-waste processing methods
  • Environmental impact of mining and social licence to operate

Impacts and outcomes

  • Invention of patent family leading to commercialised outcomes and industrial uptake
  • Construction and operation of Australia’s first NCM (nickel, cobalt, manganese) cathode precursor pilot plant
  • Innovations in process sensors, alkaline pre-oxidation, and benign leach and metal recovery for precious and base metals, platinum group metals and critical minerals
  • Consideration of alternate perspectives on water, waste and energy by partner organisations