Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    Scholarship research boost for WA minerals and energy sector

    15/06/2011 12:00 AM

    Valuable research for Western Australia’s minerals and energy sector was recognised today with the presentation of six scholarships by Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore.


    The Minerals and Energy Research Institute of Western Australia (MERIWA) scholarships are awarded to PhD students focused on research in minerals and petroleum exploration, development and production.


    Presenting the annual scholarships at London House this morning, Mr Moore praised the dedication of the PhD students.


    “Research in the minerals and energy sector is vital to ensure WA’s strong mining sector is maintained through innovative practices,” he said.


    “New techniques developed through this research will benefit the future technological challenges faced by the minerals and energy sector.


    “Scholarships such as MERIWA’s are important to encourage best practice research and innovation in the minerals and energy sector.”


    This year MERIWA offered four full scholarships of $10,000, comprising $5,000 stipend and $5,000 for project maintenance, which were awarded to Zoja Vukmanovic,

    David Grimsey, Amin Nabipour and Simon Assman.  Two half scholarships of $5,000 each were awarded to Talitha Santini and Kerryn Chia.


    Ms Vukmanovic will research the remobilisation of nickel sulphides is expected to increase knowledge of the shape and location of nickel sulphide ore bodies, while Mr Grimsey will aim to benefit the nickel extraction process by investigating parameters such as roasting temperature, reaction time and reagent type on nickel extraction.


    Mr Nabipour’s research focus will be energy movement, ‘elastic waves’, generated by hydraulic fracturing to improve awareness of the long-term effects of this process, and third year PhD student, Mr Assman will study the mass transfer in electrostatic liquid to liquid extraction (E-L-X) resulting in a deeper understanding of electrostatic agitation.


    Half scholarship winner Ms Santini will explore soil formation in bauxite residue with the aim to improve rehabilitation in mine sites and reducing risk of tailings and waste rock deposits.


    Ms Chia is looking to improve the future germination in Jarrah forests after bauxite mining by studying the germination of Snottygobble seeds, a species that is difficult to germinate in bauxite mine rehabilitation sites.


    MERIWA is the government body responsible for fostering the development and promotion of the minerals and energy research, by providing grants up to $80,000 annually for research projects.


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