Mineral Characterisation Research Facility (MCRF)
Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland
This Centre aims to be a leader in international mining and minerals research in order to secure the competitiveness of Queensland mining operations in the international market. Located at the University of Queensland Indooroopilly mine site, the MCRF is strategically positioned to maximise collaborative arrangements working on-site with mining professionals and the unique multi-disciplinary capability of UQs Sustainable Minerals Institute.
Key science sectors
Strengths and capabilities
- Mineral quantification throughout the mining value chain
- Novel physical and chemical mechanisms to promote rock breakage
- Integrated modelling and simulation of mineral processing circuits
- Applied flotation research
Facilities and major equipment
- Pilot plant
- Experimental mine
- Mineral Liberation Analyser
- X-ray micro tomography
- Flotation laboratories
Number of research staff
Up to 20 research staff
JKMRC, 40 Isles Rd, Indooroopilly, 4068
- Professor Malcolm Powell—World leader in comminution (mineral ore reduction to minute particles) research
- Professor Sarma Kanchibotla—Improved blasting outcomes and mine to mill modelling
- Dr Kym Runge—Internationally recognised in the field of flotation modelling and simulation
Achievements of the centre
- The development of understanding of the underlying mineral texture and stucture of ores
- The development and application of 3D X-ray imaging techniques to quantify the textural features of ores
- The use of electro-fragmentation to selectively liberate minerals.
- University Research Centre
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