Renewable energies will place an increasing demand on mineral resources. These demands will change the way minerals are recovered and processed, placing new challenges on sustainability and environmental impact, and drive new innovative technologies. We carry out both fundamental and practical studies on mineral separation, and environmental impacts related to mineral recovery.
Our research is aimed at smart methods for exploring for minerals especially in sedimentary basins and delivering more efficient recovery technologies and separations to minimise losses of high value minerals, environmental impact, and energy/water consumption.
Applications include characterisation of flotation reagents and froths, processing of low grade and complex ores, utilization of mine tailings, sustainable mine waste management, mineral exploration and characterisation, and in situ recovery technologies.