Australia's mining sector generates significant quantities of waste material which needs to avoid landfill and holding ponds to maintain a competitive environmental responsibility.
A part of this challenge is to look as repurposing waste materials as resource for high value products.
This project will look at value-adding mining wastes by converting traditional tailings into useful, high value products.
The project can include activities such as:
- synthesising zeolite products from mining waste
- conducting performance testing through kinetic experiments and isotherms, and product characterisation, including:
- X-ray diffraction
- scanning electron microscopy
- infrared spectroscopy
- X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
- designing industrial processes
- techno-economic analysing of pilot/commercial processes.
You'll work in a busy research laboratory with research fellows, research assistants, PhD students, Masters students and fellow undergraduates.
On completion of the project, we expect to have:
- developed a new zeolite synthesis route from mining waste
- modelled a pilot scale process
Skills and experience
We prefer you to have experience in a chemistry lab.
Contact the supervisor for more information.