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ANSTO Staff member reviewing data on computer screen in Minerals pilot facility

ANSTO has a full suite of mineralogical, chemical and hydrometallurgical facilities from laboratory through to pilot scale.

Minerals facility lab

24/7 Coverage

All our facilities are ARPANSA and ASNO licensed to handle radioactive materials.

In addition we provide a dedicated suite of in-house analytical instruments to support our client projects. These analytical facilities can be operated as needed in order to meet project requirements, including 24/7 coverage during pilot plant trials. The range of analytical techniques available includes:

  • Mineralogy – QEMSCAN / XRD / TEM
  • Solids assay – XRF, digest ICP, LECO, TGA-DSC, DNA and NAA
  • Liquor assay – XRF, ICP-MS, ICP-OES and ISE,
  • α, β and γ spectrometry
Comprehensive client support

Laboratories & facilities

Extensive laboratory and piloting facilities to support your next project:

  • Sample receipt and preparation facility
  • Modern hydrometallurgical laboratories including cyanide leaching laboratory
  • Autoclave laboratory – multiple materials of construction options, up to 2 L scale
  • High engineering bay to house tall columns
  • Dedicated solvent extraction separation facility – mixer-settler and pulsed columns
  • Extensive ion exchange equipment – laboratory and pilot scale, fixed bed and RIP
  • Nanofiltration/membrane equipment – laboratory and pilot scale
  • Directly and indirectly heated rotary kilns – up to 100 kg/h
  • Pilot plant facilities
  • Demonstration plant facilities including bunded hardstand area
  • Extensive sample storage area