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Registrations Now Open: Hunter Region Branch – Jameson Distinguished Lecture – Newcastle

Join the Hunter Region Branch for the Jameson Distinguished Lecture on Thursday 25th July to hear from Dr Paul Breuer, CSIRO.

Date: Thursday, 25 July 2019

Time: 5.30pm for a 6.30pm start
Followed by dinner at local restaurant

Harold Lobb Concert Hall
Newcastle Conservatorium
Corner Laman Street & Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW

Cost: Free to attend. All are welcome

Includes: Refreshments will be available prior to the address


Registrations are essential 

An informal dinner will be held at a nearby restaurant following the address to allow further discussion.

Those wishing to attend should advise by email click here to register for the dinner or at the start of the evening.

Join the Hunter Region Branch on Thursday 25th July to hear from Dr Paul Breuer, Principal Research Scientist – Gold Processing, CSIRO Mineral Resources present on “Thiosulphate instead of Cyanide for Gold Recovery – are we there yet?”

Incubators, accelerators, starts-ups and disruption. Terms you would usually associate with Silicon Valley. But what do these things have to do with mining?

The CSIRO is leading the charge towards greener and safer gold production with an environmentally-superior alternative gold recovery process that dispenses with toxic cyanide.  Negotiations are now underway to build the first commercial plants using this process.

In a press release the CSIRO said “Cyanide is used in about 75 per cent of global gold production, and while the industry works to manage the associated risks, there have been recent toxic spills overseas that have caused great concern to communities. The CSIRO-developed ‘Going for Gold’ process replaces cyanide with a reagent, known as thiosulphate, creating a relatively cost-effective, non-toxic and safe alternative to conventional cyanide-based gold recovery process.”

But thiosulphate as a reagent for gold recovery has been around since the 1970s and has been the subject of much research and development. With such obvious benefits, why then has it taken over 40 years for industry to adopt this technology? And what had to change for this to happen?

This lecture will explore the development path for thiosulphate and how some Silicon Valley thinking helped the team to leap the “Valley of Death” and overcome the challenges facing adoption of a new technology.

This free lecture is essential for anyone interested in how to navigate the path of innovation to commercialisation.


About the Speaker

Dr Paul Breuer has over 20 years’ experience in gold hydrometallurgy research and process optimisation and has been leading research into the extraction of gold and other precious metals with CSIRO for the last 15.  His major research and development focus is currently the commercialisation of thiosulphate technology.  In 2003 Paul was awarded the Kenneth Hunt Award from Monash University for Excellence in Research, and the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for his PhD.  He was a member of the Australian government’s working group on cyanide management and contributed to the Cyanide Management handbook.

CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst whose purpose is solving the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology to unlock a better future for everyone.

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