Professor Chris Sorrell was interviewed at Proactive Investor media on his collaborative Topaz Research with Chase Mining.The study is on the mullite fibre from topaz recovered from advanced tenements at the Northern New South Wales. is external)

Grant Title: Fibre-Reinforced Composites:  Single-Crystal Mullite Fibres from Topaz

Investigators: C.C. Sorrell and P. Koshy

Researchers: E. Adabifiroozjaei, J.K.F. Yau, M. Mayyas, and S.S. Mofarah 

Research Partners:  D. Miskovic and K. Laws

Industrial Partner: Topfibre Pty. Ltd. (now Chase Mining Ltd.)

Grants Amount: $535,000 for 3 years (2017-2020)

Goal: To convert the mineral topaz into single-crystal mullite fibres suitable for use as the reinforcing phase in metal matrix composites and ceramic matrix composites

Main Achievements Mullite: Conversion of topaz into mullite fibres suitable for (1) incorporation in matrices and (2) infiltration of molten metal

Main Achievements Alumina: New method for applying in situ alumina coatings

Patents: One in progress