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Locking Carbon in Minerals
June 19 - June 23
Cutting Edge Symposium (CES): Locking Carbon in Minerals
Image: Photomicrograph of mesh-textured serpentinite, host rock to the nickel sulfide deposit at Mt Keith, WA, showing incipient carbonate replacement along veinlets. Field of view ~2 mm wide. Courtesy of Steve Barnes.
Locking carbon in minerals can no longer be discounted as a viable carbon capture/storage solution for mitigating climate change. Mineral carbonation is a naturally occurring geological process that contributes to reducing emissions by permanently mineralising carbon. Diverse geology and extensive coastlines position Australia to be a leader in withdrawing atmospheric carbon through mineral carbonation, but acceleration of this natural process to achieve efficient, high-volume capture remains a scientific- and engineering-challenge. The Locking Carbon in Minerals CES (the symposium) will spark discussion on the fundamental research required and foster collaboration with our industry, university, and government partners, which are critical overcoming global challenges towards reaching net-zero.