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NewsMarch 30th, 2023

Bradken Awarded AQIRF Research Grant To Develop ‘Green’ Alloys

A new generation of sustainable white iron materials is a step closer with Bradken being awarded a grant to support a AUD$720,000 research project through Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships (AQIRF).

Three people, all men, stand in front of a media wall - the man on the left holds a framed certificate.
Pictured above L-R: Dr Yahia Ali, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport, with Dr Mehdi Taherishargh, Bradken Technology Manager Materials Development.
Announced at a ceremony at Queensland Parliament House on 16 March, the grant will fund three years of research in partnership with The University of Queensland, Australia to develop ‘green' alloys for use in the manufacture of a range of Bradken products, from mill liners to product used in the processing of sugarcane.
Mehdi Taherishargh , Technology Manager Materials Development, said receiving this grant is a wonderful result for Bradken, as it perfectly aligns with the company’s and many of our customers’ sustainability goals.
“As a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, the mining sector has increased focus on sustainability in recent years,” Dr. Taherishargh said.
“Bradken has acknowledged its part in this and has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. But more than this, we know our customers are looking to us to help them reduce their environmental impact.
“We’re aiming to further the development of green alloys that are longer lasting, harder wearing and that require minimal processing. It’s an essential step towards reducing carbon emissions and achieving a more sustainable future for Bradken, our customers and the industry as a whole.”
Led by Dr. Taherishargh, Bradken’s research teams in Newcastle, Australia and Coimbatore, India will work collaboratively on this project with Professor Jeff Gates and Dr. Yahia Ali, both from the University of Queensland.
Having worked with this team on other projects previously, he said the already proven partnership and historical research data will give them a significant head-start in achieving their research goals.
In addition to the AQIRF grant, Bradken has another 35 projects identified and applications pending for more than AUD$1.7 million in funding for future materials research.

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