Geopolymer and Mineral Processing Group


The facilities directly controlled by the Geopolymer and Minerals Processing Group include:

  • two recently-renovated laboratories
  • a full suite of Perkin-Elmer thermal analysis equipment (TMA, TGA/DTA, DSC, TAM)
  • a state of the art Hot Disk thermal property measurement system
  • crushing and grinding facilities
  • temperature-controlled leaching benches
  • laboratory-scale froth flotation columns
  • compressive strength testing facilities
  • concrete durability testing facilities (chlorides and sulphates migration, controlled carbonation chambers).

The group is also a major stakeholder in X-ray diffractometry (XRD) equipment, an inductively coupled plasma (ICP-OES) spectrometer, and an ATR-FTIR spectrometer.

Collaborations colleagues within our department through the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC), with the Bio21 Institute and with the School of Chemistry provide ready access to various microscopic techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), as well as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. We also work at synchrotron and neutron beamlines around the world.

Contact Us

Dr Rackel San Nicolas

T: +61 3 8344 9572
F: +61 3 8344 4153

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Building 2
The University of Melbourne VIC 3010

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