Geometallurgy and ore processing

Synchrotron x-ray mapping identifying how metals are mobile during different stages of ore formation
Synchrotron x-ray mapping identifying how metals are mobile during different stages of ore formation

The Minerals, Microbe and Solutions research group (MMS) uses innovative experimental techniques and theoretical modelling, in order to study a variety of phenomena related to geo-metallurgy and ore processing.

The group focusses on:

  • fluid-rock interactions to investigate mineral replacement phenomena;
  • geo-microbiology of precious metals;
  • metal transport in hydrothermal systems; and
  • synchrotron geosciences.

In doing so, it provides both molecular level understanding and mechanistic information in a variety of mineral systems by investigating them in-situ in real time at conditions relevant to process industries. The insights gained are then used towards targeted large-scale applications in geo-metallurgy, ore processing and mineral exploration.

The group is part of the ARC Cu-U Transformation Hub, which focuses on harnessing the expertise and facilities of key universities in Australia to develop, test and commercialise new, safe and cost-effective methods to separate deleterious elements from Cu concentrates and enable novel IP to position Australia as a world leader in copper production and associated technology. The group also conducts research with several other industry and university partners.

Geomimetics: Nature informing ISR from gold-bearing sulphides and nickel laterites (PDF, 2.14 MB)

For more information, visit our Ores and Resources page.