THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Talga Resources (ASX: TLG) has struck a collaborative agreement with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to undertake analytical work on ore from the company’s high-grade Nunasvaara graphite-graphene project in northern Sweden.
Talga said the agreement is one of the first entered into by CSIRO to focus on graphene produced from natural ore deposits, adding that it considers the deal increases the scope of Australia’s emerging and internationally focused graphite-graphene sector beyond CSIRO’s breakthrough research in graphene hybrid materials.
The aim of the collaboration is to accelerate the mineralogical characterisation of graphite and graphene from Talga’s wholly-owned Nunasvaara project and to better interpret how the mineralisation formed and the conditions under which more may be found.
The company expects the outcomes of these studies could provide crucial new insight into how Nunasvaara ore (one of the highest grade graphite deposits in the world) has an ability to provide high-quality graphene direct from natural ore.
“Talga is extremely enthusiastic to be working with Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world,” Talga Resources managing director Mark Thompson said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Ezxchange.
“The CSIRO program is expected to provide cutting edge insight of our graphite and graphene developments with results that can dovetail directly into the company’s metallurgical program and soon to be completed scoping study.”
Talga said it anticipates initial results from the collaboration towards the end of the September quarter.
The work is being collaboratively funded by CSIRO and the Department of Industry’s Researchers in Business Program in conjunction with Talga.
CSIRO research scientist Dr Mark Pearce explained the organisation will undertake the test-work over three different stages, using four separate lode samples from the deposit.
“This is a multi-stage characterisation workflow which will provide very detailed analysis and insight into the geometry, mineralogy and chemistry of these graphite lodes,” Dr Pearce said.
“The process will include high resolution X-ray computed topography, 3D image processing, microstructural analysis, X-ray fluorescence mapping of the chemical composition of the samples, and high resolution electron microscope imaging of the ore samples.
“We will also examine in detail the graphene component of the samples liberated from the main ore under test.”