Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160100677 [ 2016 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Prof Julian Gale; Dr Raffaella Demichelis; Dr Denis Gebauer; Adj/Prof Christine Putnis

Brief description This project aims to increase our knowledge of the processes of mineral formation and crystallisation. Minerals play a vital role in our environment, for example as reservoirs for carbon dioxide, while also substantially contributing to the Australian economy. Conversely, undesirable formation of minerals can be detrimental to industries from the oil/gas sector through to desalination. Despite the benefits that would come from controlling such crystal growth, progress has been limited by the lack of a complete understanding of how minerals form at the microscopic level. This project aims to combine computer simulation, using the latest petascale resources, with experimental data to yield knowledge that would allow us to manipulate minerals, such as calcium carbonate, with the same control found in nature.

Funding Amount $489,110

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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