Experimental studies on hydrothermal reaction processes at the molecular level: the role of mineral replacement reactions in ore formation [ 2010 - 2013 ]

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Researchers Prof A Pring; Dr J Brugger

Brief description Most of the World's supply of metals such as copper (Cu), gold (Au), molybdenum (Mo), lead (Pb), zinc (Zn) or uranium (U) comes from hydrothermal ore deposits. The metals were deposited deep below the Earth's surface when hot fluids, carrying minute quantities of the metals, reacted with suitable rocks to form ore minerals. By understanding molecular-level reaction mechanisms at high pressure and temperature, we can predict the nature of the ore minerals formed for a given set of physical and chemical conditions. This multidisciplinary research project is devoted to understanding these chemical and physical processes and how this knowledge can be applied to improve mineral exploration, mining, and ore processing.

Funding Amount $590,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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