CSIRO is one of the largest and most diverse scientific institutions in the world with more than 6400 staff located across 56 sites throughout Australia and overseas.

Global vision for ‘green steel’

The vision for a cleaner, greener and more productive steel industry, moved a step closer with the recent signing of an agreement with a company in China to scale-up CSIRO’s dry slag granulation (DSG) technology.

Setting sights on ‘invisible’ mining

In-situ recovery is a new and largely untapped frontier that could improve environmental performance and change the economics of mining.

Seafloor – the new frontier

The mineral riches of the world’s ocean floor are an emerging frontier for mineral resources and innovative new mining technologies.

Gold strike with thiosulphate

CSIRO is helping the industry reduce the risks and environmental impact of current processing operations by developing alternative processes that use less-toxic alternatives to cyanide.

The bugs that boost leaching

Bacteria, those microscopic organisms, are among the unlikely heroes for researchers and mining companies working to establish economic methods to access difficult to extract or low value ores.

The rare earth challenge

While not especially rare and not really earths, there is no doubting the difficulties in mining and processing the rare earth group of metals, or their importance to the global economy.

Fault lines lead to gold

Small-scale fault systems in the Earth’s crust have a strong correlation with the location of gold.

CSIRO develops new treatment for removing contaminants from mining wastewaters

Many mining and industrial processes generate wastewater that contains a variety of contaminants, such as metals and metalloids. These must be removed to ensure that the wastewater is suitable for reuse or safe discharge to the environment.