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Queensland Government

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Mineral Characterisation Research Facility (MCRF)

Researcher interpreting mineral testing results

Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland

This Centre aims to be a leader in international mining and minerals research in order to secure the competitiveness of Queensland mining operations in the international market. Located at the University of Queensland Indooroopilly mine site, the MCRF is strategically positioned to maximise collaborative arrangements working on-site with mining professionals and the unique multi-disciplinary capability of UQs Sustainable Minerals Institute.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Mineral quantification throughout the mining value chain
  • Novel physical and chemical mechanisms to promote rock breakage
  • Integrated modelling and simulation of mineral processing circuits
  • Applied flotation research

Facilities and major equipment

  • Pilot plant
  • Experimental mine
  • Mineral Liberation Analyser
  • X-ray micro tomography
  • Flotation laboratories

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


JKMRC, 40 Isles Rd, Indooroopilly, 4068

Lead researchers

Achievements of the centre

  • The development of understanding of the underlying mineral texture and stucture of ores.
  • The development and application of 3D X-ray imaging techniques to quantify the textural features of ores.
  • The use of electro-fragmentation to selectively liberate minerals.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
19 June 2019