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:: ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium Opens


The Australian Research Council has awarded more than $2.5 million over five years to the University of Adelaide to establish the ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium (The Hub). BHP Billiton is the primary industry partner, contributing $2.5 million in cash as well as in-kind.

Copper is one of Australia's top commodity exports, worth about $6 billion a year. South Australia is a significant copper producer, hosting one of the world's biggest mineral deposits at Olympic Dam. The Hub aims to develop new cost-effective strategies to detect and remove non-target metals from copper-uranium ore in Australia's iron oxide copper gold deposits such as Olympic Dam and Prominent Hill.

The ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium, led by Professor Stephen Grano, will develop, test and commercialise new safe and cost-effective methods to separate non-target metals from copper concentrates. To do this effectively researchers must first understand the mineral systems, understand where in the systems the non-target metals sit, and then find ways to extract copper sustainably and economically.

It will help to ensure Australia is a world leader in copper production and associated technology.

As part of their Industrial Transformation Program, the ARC supports collaborative research between the higher education sector and industry aimed at helping Australia's best researchers tackle the issues faced by modern industrial economies and train our future workforce.

Research partners in the Hub include the University of Adelaide, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Flinders University, Monash University, the University of Queensland, and University College London (Australia).




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