UQ receives $1.2m for resources sector projects

Iron ore.

Three research projects from the University of Queensland (UQ) have received $1.2 million in grants to develop solutions for the resources industry.

The funding was provided by the Australian Research Council under the Linkage Projects scheme which promotes research partnerships between industry, higher education institutions, business and governments. The projects will also receive additional contributions from other industry partners.

Deputy vice chancellor professor Robyn Ward said the university’s success with the Linkage Projects reinforced both the calibre of its researchers and  value of its projects to the resources industry.

“UQ’s expertise in mineral resources and mining is ranked well within the top 50 in a number of key global rankings and as high as 10 in the QS World Rankings by subject,” she said.

All three projects will be headed by engineers from university’s School of Chemical Engineering.

One of the projects, led by associate Professor Yongjun Peng, received $550,000 to develop more efficient and cost-effective mineral separation and extraction processes. The team aims to generate a better understanding of the reactions that occur on wastes while recovering base metals and minerals, and will have added involvement from industry partners including Newcrest Mining and Vega Industries.

The other project, led by Dr Steven Pratt, received $450,000 to further develop coal seam gas (CSG) water treatment processes. It aims to address the challenge of minimising scaling at water treatment facilities and involve industry partners including Santos and Australia Pacific LNG.

The final project is led by Professors Peter Hayes and Evgueni Jak who received $195,000 for their collaboration with BHP Billiton to provide technical information on the behaviour of different iron ores. The information will be used to help minimise waste, assist mine planning and optimisation, and support Australia’s iron ore exports.

“I congratulate the researchers who were successful in securing funding and wish them well in their important work to create change in the resources sector,” Ward added.

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