Partnership with Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd
Macquarie University has had a long-standing partnership with Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto. This partnership, led by Prof Vladimir Strezov from the Department of Environmental Sciences, has focused on understanding the various potential impacts from the iron ore processing industry. The project has investigated emissions produced from iron ore processing with the focus to understand the emissions, their composition, the mechanisms leading to emissions, and differences between different ore samples, which is a priority for the industry. In earlier stages of this program, in partnership with Hamersley Iron, Macquarie University researchers studied the emission of particles during processing and explored how particles were formed and which ores produced the most particles. A key concern was to understand the chemical composition of the particles. This work was followed by a project that looked at the volatiles released during processing and how these compounds are produced, including the material loss on ignition. This partnership has led to 4 consecutive ARC Linkage grant and programs and was published by the Australian Government as a successful example for university-business collaboration in their Review for Research Policy and Funding Arrangements in 2015.
Macquarie University and the National Measurement Institute (NMI) established an agreement to collaborate on the project that investigates dioxin formation and emissions during high temperature industrial and metal smelting operations. NMI has developed a facility dedicated to analysing dioxins at ultra-trace levels in a range of materials. Under this collaborative arrangement, Macquarie University and NMI collaborate through industry supervision of PhD students, measurements and analysis of Macquarie led projects at the NMI facilities.