Researchers to deliver innovative solutions to miners

Three Queensland scientists working on ways to overcome mining industry challenges through innovative research will share in $540,000 via the first round of Advance Queensland research funding under its Research Fellowship and PhD Scholarship program.

These Advance Queensland Research Fellowships will assist the mining industry with addressing current challenges and developing innovative solutions to help Queensland remain internationally competitive.

These scientists will partner with industry organisations to ensure the research is translated into real practical application. The fellowships will support emerging research leaders to establish research reputations by leading and managing projects. The recipients will be working with Queensland research institutions in collaboration with industry to ensure research is translated into commercial outcomes.

  • Dr Hong Peng, of The University of Queensland’s School of Chemical Engineering, is aiming to develop new pathways to unlock Queensland’s bauxite ore reserves through process technology innovation. In collaboration with Rio Tinto through the University of Queensland Rio Tinto Bauxite and Alumina Technology Centre, the project will look to enhance Queensland’s bauxite mineral reserves with respect to high silica bauxite and support the potential to expand the alumina industry. The research is also expected to deliver environmental improvements by minimising reagent use and reducing waste generation during alumina production.
  • Dr Pradeep Shukla, also from The University of Queensland’s School of Chemical Engineering will aim to upscale new technology to produce cyanide on-site for gold and base metal mines. In partnership with Synergen Met Pty Ltd, Dr Shukla will lead a team to develop a new and significantly safer technology for producing cyanide both on-site and on-demand, consequently avoiding the bulk transport of the toxic material. It will reduce risks associated with cyanide handling transportation and storage, reduce the environmental footprint of cyanide production and supply and reduce the end-user cost of cyanide.
  • Dr Sergio-Andres Galindo-Torres, of The University of Queensland’s School of Civil Engineering, in collaboration with Golder Associates, aims to introduce novel modelling and visualization technologies for their use in several areas related to the mining and energy sectors. These include coal seam gas extraction and the controversial hydraulic fracturing treatment. Accurate simulation tools for these problems will maximize their outputs and minimize the potential hazardous effects as well as improve our current understanding. Queensland will benefit from this research in the short term by introducing state of the art simulation capabilities for these key economic sectors, and in the long term by contributing to the training of future engineers and scientists working in these areas.

More information about the Research Fellowships and PhD Scholarships visit Advance Queensland .