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For more than 40 years, ANSTO's Minerals team has provided consultancy, process development and research services to the mining and minerals processing industries.

Our team has world-leading expertise in the processing of critical and strategic metals such as rare earths, scandium, lithium, zirconium, niobium, and hafnium.

economic and environmental benefit

"We're committed to providing practical solutions and innovative technologies to deliver financial and environmental benefits."
- Dr Rob Gee, General Manager, Minerals

  • Honeymoon Uranium Mine Project


    IX optimisation supports cost savings for Honeymoon project

    Boss Resources Ltd. (Boss) has announced improved process economics for its Honeymoon Uranium Project in South Australia. ANSTO has been working with Boss for a number of years on their plans to restart Honeymoon. 

    Recent optimisation test work on the ion exchange (IX) circuit of the process has identified the ability to remove heating during elution which positively impacts on the project economics. The IX process proposed for Honeymoon also uses a patented elution process developed at ANSTO.

    ANSTO is continuing to work with Boss Resources on it's revised Feasibility Study for the Honeymoon restart.

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  • funding


    Success in CRC-P Round 8 funding

    ANSTO is contributing to a number of critical minerals projects that will be funded under the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps) Program – Round 8. Minerals' will be working with Lithium Australia NL on further development of the LiENa technology for conversion of waste spodumene, and with Australian Vanadium Ltd on high purity vanadium oxide production.

    For further information on the projects, go to the Lithium Australia  NL and Australian Vanadium Ltd ASX announcements.

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  • rare earth sulfation baking process


    Review of rare earth sulfation baking process

    A comprehensive review of the sulfuric acid bake, an extraction process currently accounting for more than half of the world’s rare earth production, has recently been published by ANSTO in collaboration with Murdoch University.

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  • Lithium Australia Lithium Ion Battery


    Lithium Australia NL Technology Development

    One of ANSTO's longstanding clients in the lithium processing space, Lithium Australia NL, has secured a strategic deal with a leading Chinese battery producer DLG Battery Co. Ltd to commercialise cathode powders produced by LIT's wholly owned subsidiary VSPC. The partnership, known as Soluna Australia, will distrubute power management systems in Australia. Lithium iron phosphate (LFP) formats will feature in their range. ANSTO has been working with LIT to develop processes for the production of lithium phosphate (a precursor for LFP batteries) from micas, spodumene and other lithium waste streams. Using the technology owned by VSPC, lithium phosphate from piloting at ANSTO has been converted into LFP cathode powders displaying exceptional performance in comparison to existing LFP cathode materials.

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