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High Temperature Sensor

IPAS members have partnered with SJ Cheesman in Port Pirie, a major engineering and metal fabrication business that is the prime supplier to Nyrstar and other large minerals processing industries in Australia.

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Developing Portable, Highly Sensitive Gold Detection

Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem was awarded a further $200k from the DET CRC in 2016 to expand the project, building on the team’s excellent initial results. This project will focus on the pre-concentration of heavy minerals, including gold, to facilitate its detection at low levels and directly from rock at the drilling site. Both chemical and physical methods will be tested.

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Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation

On 6 May 2016, the Australian Research Council announced $2.6 Million in federal funding to establish the ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation, led by IPAS SMC member, Professor Dusan Losic. The hub will develop advanced materials; provide fit-for-purpose products and innovative solutions to a range of industries, such as advanced manufacturing, mining and minerals technology and services, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, and defence. The aim is that its research will transform industry and support Australian businesses to embrace cutting-edge innovation and technologies that deliver high-value returns.

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CRC ORE - Next Generation Laser-Based Mineralogy Sensing Technology

IPAS researchers received $1,300,000 from the CRC ORE towards developing a new,laser-based technology for detecting and quantifying mineral species in real-time for coarse particles. The project is led by Adjunct Professor Nigel Spooner and Associate Professor David Ottaway. The proposed technology is expected to be less sensitive to the known limitations of existing techniques such as laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and laserinduced fluorescence (LIF).

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The Australian Copper-Uranium Transformation Research Hub

The ARC Research Hub for Australian Copper-Uranium aims to transform South Australia's copper industry by finding new ways of removing non-target metals from copper concentrates. Hub researchers will use their knowledge of the complex distribution of minerals to develop a scalable, cost effective and robust process to reject non-target metals. > The Hub is led by the University of Adelaide and brings together the research expertise, industry knowledge and facilities of our collaborators.

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