Anglo American back to the grind at UQ

MOST students may be finished for the year but multinational miner Anglo American has gone back to the grind at Brisbane's University of Queensland.

The resource firm - which has mines in Central Queensland - launched the Centre of Sustainable Comminution at the sandstone university this week to develop new technologies for the mining industry.

Comminution describes the process of breaking down materials through crushing and grinding.

At a mine, up to 60% of energy is spent on milling so new and better methods could allow projects to run more efficiently.

The $10 million investment from Anglo will also link the centre at UQ to peer centres in South Africa, Sweden, Turkey and Brazil.

Centre director professor Malcolm Powell said the process was critical to dealing with minerals, but the number of researchers was in decline.

"In addition to providing solutions for the challenges facing the industry today, the Anglo American Centre for Sustainable Comminution will have an important role in educating the next generation of researchers in this area," he said.

Those studying inside the centre will have access to up to three supervisors from different universities while post-graduate degrees would be join degrees.

The centre is expected to build the amount of expertise in comminution.

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