Minerals research 


ANSTO Minerals has a small but focused research group carrying out fundamental research, uniquely applied to industrial problems in the broad areas of uranium and rare earth processing.


We benefit from the extensive facilities available at ANSTO which gives us access to a wide range of advanced analytical techniques associated with the Australian Centre of Neutron Scattering and the Australian Synchrotron.


We encourage collaborative agreements with the university sector and support the next generation of researchers by providing a range of education and training programs for research students and new graduates.


Research areas include:


  • Developing alternative technologies that allow for processing of uranium from saline liquors 
  • Developing alternative technology for uranium recovery as a by-product of phosphoric acid production
  • Application of modelling techniques for selected uranium and rare earth unit operations such as heap leaching , ion exchange and solvent extraction
  • Understanding the impact of complex rare earth mineralogy on rare earth processing routes
  • The study of zirconium and niobium speciation in sulphate media
  • Examining the potential of ion exchange for rare earth recovery
  • Investigating the potential for synergistic reagents in rare earth solvent extraction circuits
  • Mapping the deportment of the radionuclides Th-232, U-238 and U-235 chains in rare earth processes
  • Investigating the relatives rates of dissolution of different uranium minerals in carbonate leaching, and the impact of the key variables such oxidant


Benefits to our clients

Minerals research is designed to improve our understanding of the processes that underpin our business. It is the close interaction of our researchers with our scientists and engineers working in industry sponsored projects that provides an ideal environment for innovation, where everyone benefits.



Contact Us


Dr Karin Soldenhoff
Technology Manager
Ph: +61 2 9717 3862
Mobile: +61 407 704 296
Email: karin.soldenhoff@ansto.gov.au


Dr Neilesh Syna
Research Leader
Ph: +61 2 9717 3724
Email: neilesh.syna@ansto.gov.au