International Partnership Takes Australian Environmental Cleanup Solution to World Markets
By : Krishna Anindyo | Tuesday, February 18 2020 - 20:25 IWST
The collaboration between Clean Earth Technologies (CET) - and Flinders University
INDUSTRY.co.id - The collaboration, between new generation environmental technology company Clean Earth Technologies (CET) and Flinders University, will support ongoing development of the absorbent polysulfide “clean-up” agent invented by award-winning South Australian scientist Associate Professor Justin Chalker.
CET Executives will be visiting Adelaide to formalise the agreement which assigns a suite of patents to the Singapore-based company. CET will commercialise the new polysulfide material for global markets, with plans to set up the first manufacturing facility in South Australia.
The patents cover numerous areas, including a class of novel polymers used for environmental remediation, and a new mercury- and cyanide-free method of precious metal extraction and recovery.
The agreement also includes a research collaboration that will provide ongoing funding for Associate Professor Chalker and his team, including scholarships and salaries for researchers, and royalties as they continue to find new ways to use the breakthrough product.
Flinders University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Robert Saint congratulated Associate Professor Chalker and his team for making big inroads into solving real-world problems via the commercialisation of the new green polymer technology.
“World-class research at Flinders University addresses challenges of local, national and global significance to deliver outcomes that improve lives,” Professor Saint said.
“I can think of no better example than the work of the Chalker Laboratory in turning their outstanding research into new resources that can be used to deliver a cleaner world.”
CET Chairman and Co-Founder Paul Hanna said the partnership was an important step forward in the company’s search for an answer to some of the world’s most pressing environmental waste problems.
“We are heavily focused on some of the biggest and most challenging environmental problems in the world today devastating oil spills, growing piles of e-waste and toxic mercury pollution."
“Most countries are grappling with the same big issues and they come at a huge financial, social and environmental cost,” Mr Hanna said.
“We are looking for smarter, more effective solutions and our partnership with Flinders University, and the Chalker Research Lab, will go a long way to addressing many of these problems."
“Technology like this, that uses waste to solve waste problems, has huge advantages for industry at the big end of town. It can also save the lives of thousands of small, artisanal miners around the world who use poisonous chemicals, like mercury, to survive and the communities around them.”
The new solutions complement CET’s existing cyanide and mercury-free gold processing technology.