Powering the future: critical minerals explained
Critical minerals are not just buzz words. They are essential for modern life and supply chains could be disrupted. We dig into Australia's critical minerals list and explain why.
Heavy metals rock termite mounds
Zinc isotopes found in manganese crust samples of soils and termite mounds are helping mineral explorers find hidden deposits of critical metals below the surface.
Classic rock songs: Music you can rock out to
We've cobbled together a playlist of rock anthems to celebrate our mineral resources research. Classic rock, heavy rock, sedimentary rock - we've got it all!
Chemical romance: our sparkling superstar of STEM
Edible experiments, explosions and splat paintings. Chemistry has taken Dr Laura Kuhar from diamond mines back to the classroom, where she shares her love of science.
Solving the mystery of the Pilbara gold
We’ve starting to unravel the mystery of the source of the Pilbara gold nuggets whose unusual shape and distribution baffled explorers in the region.
Virtual library gets straight to the core
Exploring for critical metals is being made more efficient and less impactful on the environment thanks to a virtual library crammed with information on Australia’s mineralogy.
Green power: the future of Aussie graphite
Demand for lithium-ion batteries is increasing demand for minerals, like graphite, to make them. Research to develop a more environmentally-friendly process could see battery-grade graphite produced in Australia.
Lithium, the metal of the decade
What's powering your phone? It’s most likely a lithium ion battery. Australia is the world's largest producer of lithium, and the global demand is growing. We're working to supercharge our research in lithium exploration and production.
Green and gold Aussie jewellery
Our environmentally-friendly gold extraction process is helping producers meet demand for ethical gold products with green credentials.
Breaking the mould: gold-digging fungi found in WA
Australian scientists have discovered gold-coated fungi near Boddington in Western Australia. And it may offer clues for finding new gold deposits.
Golden soils and wealth from toil
Finding gold requires luck and hard work. Now luck is being delivered by science as new sampling techniques and analysis reduce the guesswork to help prospectors pinpoint gold targets more precisely.