Mining and Minerals Processing
UQ is an international leader in Mining and Minerals Processing research, collaborating with some of the largest mineral and mining companies worldwide including Glencore, Rio Tinto, Anglo American and BHP Billiton. Research activities range from fundamental to applied research into design, construction, operational and closure problems associated with mining, metallurgy and processing. Our research has a direct impact on the minerals industry across the globe.
UQ’s Mining and Minerals Processing researchers are engaged in innovative work transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries, in diverse areas such geomaterials modelling, experimental and computational geomechanics, innovative mining methods, mine automation, mine planning, field instrumentation and monitoring, laboratory modelling and characterisation as well as mine waste management, mine closure and minerals processing. In a further world leading initiative, UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) is dedicated to finding knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the minerals industry.
UQ researchers are recognised through the receipt of some of Australia’s most prestigious engineering and scientific awards including an ATSE Clunies Ross Award in 2012, the 2013 Thayer Lindsley Award, the SME’s Robert M Dreyer Award and the Douglas Hay Medal in 2014.
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UQ has particular expertise in the areas of:
MINING, MINERALS RESOURCES AND PROCESSING IN BRIEF
- More than 65 full-time equivalent researchers
- More than 90 PhD and MPhil students in 2014
- More than 590 publications since 2008
- More than $105 million in research funding since 2008. In addition, researchers are involved in a large number of consultancy projects with leading mining and minerals based companies
- Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy research rated above world standard in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise.
Highlights of UQ MINING AND MINERALS PROCESSING
Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC)
Attracting research and consultancy funding of around $15 million annually JKMRC has a number of large “one-on-one” research programs such as the Anglo American Centre for Sustainable Comminution and the Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Sorting. An equal amount of activity takes place in industry-wide collaborative projects such as the oldest minerals research project in the world, P9, that has advanced the application of characterisation, modelling and simulation in mineral processing circuits, and P843 that has pioneered GeoMetallurgy.
WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre (BRC)
Research is currently focussed on a number of key aspects of processing including precipitation from aqueous solutions, ion exchange, membrane separations and leaching of minerals. Hydrometallurgy research is becoming increasingly important as new process routes for metal extraction are being developed.
The research strengths of the Pyrosearch Group are in the fields of:
• High Temperature Chemical Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
• Physico-chemical Properties of Slags
• Reaction Kinetics and Mechanisms in Metallurgical Systems.
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
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