BASF mines Australia for help
R&D centre to address rising challenges of mining
BASF’s Mining Solutions business unit has opened its new global mining R&D centre at the Australian Minerals Research Centre in Perth, Western Australia, which is part of Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation. This will house six advanced material researchers by the end of 2012 and about 20 researchers over the next five.
The new R&D centre will study specific innovation needs for mineral processing and metal production, to help reduce energy and reuse water at mines in Australia and elsewhere, as the sector faces the challenges of finding ores in more hostile locations and under ever more stringent regulations. Key topics will include advanced rheology modifiers to improve the thickening process for valuables and tailings and modifying the crystallisation process in alumina production.
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