Research Projects

EGRU Research Projects

EGRU Research Projects

The quality of EGRU research is internationally recognised and EGRU benefits from the skills of a team of committed and world-renowned researchers.  Much of the research is carried out in collaboration with industry, and this collaboration fosters the rapid and effective application of cutting-edge research to the exploration and development of mineral resources.

Current research projects involving EGRU staff are summarised below.  Summaries of recently completed projects can be viewed here.

Prospectivity of Intrusion-Related Hydrothermal Mineral Systems in NE Qld

In June 2014 EGRU launched a three-year $1.8m collaborative research project aimed at characterising and assessing the prospectivity of  intrusion-related hydrothermal mineral systems in north-east Queensland.  The project is a collaboration between EGRU researchers, the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ), and industry geoscientists.

The research project is funded by the GSQ (Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland) under the Future Resources Program, and by a generous cash contribution from Evolution Mining.

The North-East Queensland Prospectivity Project consists of seven subprojects:

  • Magma-Related Hydrothermal Mineral Systems of the Northern Bowen Basin
  • Geology of the Mt Carlton High-Sulphidation Epithermal Deposit
  • Magma Fertility, Petrogenesis and Geodynamic Setting of Carboniferous and Permian Magmatic Complexes
  • Metallogeny of Sn-W-Mo-Cu Mineral Systems
  • Comprehensive Prospectivity Analysis
  • Regional Alteration Mapping Using Remote Sensing Methods
  • Geochemical Signatures of Intrusion-Related Mineral Systems

Locations

North East Queensland
Herberton District
Bowen Basin
Mt Carlton High Sulphidation Au Deposit
Mt Carbine W Deposit
Watershed W Deposit

Project Leader

A/Prof. Zhaoshan Chang, College of Science and Engineering (CSE), JCU

Co-Researchers

Prof. Paul Dirks, CSE JCU

A/Prof. Carl Spandler, CSE JCU

Emeritus Prof. Bob Henderson, CSE JCU

Dr Jan Marten Huizenga, CSE JCU

Dr Arianne Ford, CSE JCU

Dr Yanbo Cheng, CSE JCU

Dr Isaac Corral, CSE JCU

Postgraduate Students

Helge Behnsen, CSE JCU

Jaime Poblete, CSE JCU

Fredrik Sahlström, CSE JCU

Publications / Conference Presentations / Reports

Further Information  

A/Prof Zhaoshan Chang

Magma Related Hydrothermal Gold and Base Metal Deposits, Chillagoe District

Location

Chillagoe District, NE Qld

Commenced

March 2016

Project Leader

A/Prof. Zhaoshan Chang, College of Science and Engineering (CSE), JCU

Postgraduate Student

Peter Illig, CSE JCU

Further Information  

A/Prof Zhaoshan Chang

Geology and Evolution of Australia’s Rare Earth Element Resources

The rare earth elements are regarded as the vitamins for modern industries and technologies. They form essential components of hybrid cars, high power magnets, solar cells, rechargeable batteries, turbines, lasers, and LCD and plasma displays, to name just a few.  This project investigates the geological processes that mobilise and concentrate these elements in the Earths’ crust. The results will aid discovery of new ore deposits, which is essential to meet rapidly growing demand for these elements.

Locations

Mount Isa Inlier, Qld
Browns Range, Tanami Region, WA
Nolans Bore, NT
Dubbo, NSW
Yangibana, Gascoyne Province, WA
JCU, Townsville Campus
Australian National University, Canberra

Commenced

January 2009

Project Leader

A/Prof. Carl Spandler, College of Science and Engineering (CSE), JCU

Co-Researchers

Dr John Mavrogenes, ANU

Dr Andrew Berry, ANU

Dr Nick Oliver, JCU Adjunct

Postgraduate Students

Paul Slezak, CSE JCU

Teimoor Nazari-Dekhordi, CSE JCU

Robert Coleman, CSE JCU

Michael Anenburg, ANU

Publications / Conference Presentations / Reports

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00410-015-1168-x
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00410-016-1316-y
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000925411630002X
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009254116304776

Further Information  

A/Prof Carl Spandler