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MEI Online: Hydrometallurgy: Latest News: December 5th 2005


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:: Opening of New Research Centre a Boost for Minerals Industry

The third incarnation of the Parker Centre, a world-leading minerals processing research centre, was officially launched at a function at Curtin University in Perth on 1st December.

The new Centre, the Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions, has funding from the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme to the tune of $20 million over seven years to continue its predecessors' successful work addressing the needs of the Australian and international minerals industries. The outcomes of this work have been applied widely throughout Australia and overseas.

The new Centre will work to maximise the returns from Australia’s mineral resources derived using hydrometallurgical processes whilst reducing the environmental impacts of these processes by developing the required knowledge and technology.

Hydrometallurgy is vitally important to the Australian economy as it plays an essential role in the production of around 50% of Australia’s $30 billion per annum exports of metals and metallic compounds, including alumina, gold, nickel and copper.

Whilst continuing to work on understanding the fundamental science controlling hydrometallurgical processes to improve existing extraction processes used in industry, a new research focus is to develop innovative processing technologies to exploit low-grade ores or currently uneconomic, untapped mineral deposits.

The Parker CRC for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions will be officially launched by Professor Lesley Parker. The Parker Centre is named after her late husband Professor Jim Parker, Murdoch University's first Professor of Chemistry and a leader in the field of metallurgy in Australia.




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