[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LE160100155]
Researchers Prof Martin Kennedy; Prof Charles Sorrell; Dr David Haberlah; Dr David Dewhurst; Prof Simon Turner; Prof Damian Gore; Prof Suzanne O'Reilly; Prof Martin Van Kranendonk; Prof John Foden; Prof Peter Nelson; A/Prof Manouchehr Haghighi; A/Prof Pierre Le-Clech; Prof Colin Ward; Dr Pramod Koshy; Dr Neil Sherwood
Brief description NanoMin: quantitative mineral mapping of nanoscale processes: The project seeks to establish an electron microscope-based mineral mapping and analysis facility to provide rapid, quantitative and statistically reliable mineralogical, petrographic and metallurgical data unobtainable by other means in fine-grained materials. The proposed equipment can identify minerals in complex mixtures of sub-µm-grain size materials by virtue of an integrated software and hardware system called NanoMin which incorporates a spectral deconvolution engine combined with a mineral spectra database. A key limitation in understanding complex materials is sub-micron to nanometer scale spatial variability of mineralogical phases. Imaging and quantifying these phases is now possible with the NanoMin system. This promises to open up petrological, geobiological, and materials science research in complex fine-grained materials.
Funding Amount 648000
Funding Scheme Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities