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Meet Mineral Resources

CSIRO Mineral Resources works across industry to deliver sustainable resources development in Australia and around the world.

Meet our researchers in Discovery, Characterisation, Mining, Sensing and Sorting, and Processing, and find out how we can work with you to achieve a sustainable future for everyone.


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[Image changes to show Rob Hough talking to the camera, and text appears: Rob Hough, CSIRO Director, CSIRO Mineral Resources]

Rob Hough: Hi I’m Rob Hough, Director of Mineral Resources in CSIRO. I just wanted to welcome you to the CSIRO and welcome you to the Mineral Resources Business Unit. 

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We work with the Minerals Industry right across the value chain, from exploration to mining to processing all underpinned by technology and excellent analytical facilities that are truly world class. 

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We have a team of over 340 people working with small companies, medium companies and big companies to support our resource sector to be responsible in the mineral resources that we produce, to add value to those mineral resources, and to unlock those resources for the future. 

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Very much always in mind with responsible minerals production, the ability to be able to provide the world with minerals for climate action so that we can take advantage of our critical minerals, to support the world with a clean energy transformation.

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[Image changes to show Sandi Occhipinti talking to the camera, and text appears: Sandi Occhipinti, Research Director, Discovery]

Sandi Occhipinti: The discovery team is all about using technologies to identify mineral resources beneath soil and cover. 

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And the reason we do that is that 80% of Australia’s bedrock is hidden beneath a deep blanket of sedimentary cover. 

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Our techniques can help businesses peer through that cover to increase rates of discovery far below the surface of the earth.

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[Image changes to show Mark Pearce talking to the camera, and text appears: Mark Pearce, Research Director, Characterisation]

Mark Pearce: The characterisation program has six labs across Australia with a focus on providing bespoke data sets to address problems facing the minerals industry. 

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We map trace element patterns in minerals to help find deposits. 

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We image the rocks in 3D to locate the valuable minerals and we measure reactions in real time to improve mineral processing. 

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Our world leading micro-analysis facilities are combined with our drill core lab in Perth, to provide multi-scale results for our industry partners.

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[Image changes to show Hua Guo talking to the camera, and text appears: Hua Guo, Research Director, Mining]

Hua Guo: Our mining programme is the largest multi-disciplinary mining R & D team in Australia. 

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We are the ones mining signs and developing industrial technology that underpins safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable production of energy and minerals.

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[Image changes to show Ewan Sellers talking to the camera, and text appears: Ewan Sellers, Future Mining Digital Lead]
Ewan Sellers: Integrated digital technology is the enabler for the future mine. 

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In the future data fusion technologies will enable safe robotic mining machines to make agile decisions about the ore extraction. 

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Digital systems will enable customers to visualise how miners are delivering their minerals and track the social benefits and environmental footprint.

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[Image changes to show David Miljak talking to the camera, and text appears: David Miljak, Research Director, Sensing and Sorting]

David Miljak: The aim of sensing and sorting is to improve the efficiency and sustainability of mining and mineral processing. 

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We develop novel magnetic resonance sensors to enable the sorting of valuable minerals from waste, thereby reducing the amount of energy and water used for every kilogram of metal produced. 

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We also develop advanced x-ray measurement technology for measuring elements and minerals in processing plants, thereby boosting the productivity and sustainability of mineral processing.

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[Image changes to show Andrew Jenkin talking to the camera, and text appears: Andrew Jenkin, Research Director, Processing]

Andrew Jenkin: Mineral processing can be very energy and cost intensive. 

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In response, we’re piloting new technologies like our semi-inverted cyclone which can significantly reduce water and energy use. 

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And we’ve developed breakthrough technologies like Magsonic, which can produce high quality magnesium metal, while reducing emissions up to 70%.

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Rob Hough: So, we stand ready to work with you. Please come and join us as we look to deliver impact from science and technology to support your companies in what you’re trying to achieve and to be able to provide science and technology solutions to Australia’s greatest challenges. For us, very much around sustainable mineral resources production.

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Learn about CSIRO's capabilities in Mineral Resources, and how we can work with you to achieve your goals.

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