Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

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School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre

Supervisors

Dr Patrick Hayman
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science

Overview

Lithium is an important component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that are used to power portable electronics devices such as cell phones, laptops and vehicles. Because of this importance, lithium is considered an energy-critical metal necessary for clean energy and a green future. Lithium prospects in Queensland appear to be of the pegmatite type, best known around Georgetown, but prospects are also known around Mount Garnet and Stanthorpe, and exploration has recently extended into Cape York.

The aim of this project is to better understand the geological controls on the lithium distribution in Queensland.

Research activities

Some of the things you will do include:

  • sampling rocks from an existing collection
  • sample preparation
  • geochemical analysis of lithium-prospective granitic rocks
  • analysis and imaging of petrographic thin sections.

Outcomes

The aim of this project is to better understand the geological controls on the lithium distribution in Queensland.

Skills and experience

  • a major in Earth Science with an interest in igneous petrology or ore deposits.

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