Zirconium has long been used in many advanced materials and technologies we rely on every day, as well as being a critical element for many future industries – including clean energy, health and aerospace. Australian Strategic Materials represents an important new supply of high-purity zirconium materials that are independent of the Chinese market and unrelated to traditional titania mineral sands operations.
Product information: Zirconium
Zirconium will be produced and supplied as zirconium chemicals (zirconium oxychloride ZOC and zirconium basic carbonate ZBC) and zirconia (zirconium dioxide) in two basic grades – a standard grade containing approximately 0.25% hafnium, and a high-purity grade containing less than 100ppm hafnium or 5N (99.999%) purity. Owing to the intrinsically low uranium content of the source mineral, all products emit lower levels of natural radiation than most other zirconium materials on the market. A range of product specifications will be available, with exact chemistries and particle properties to be designed based on market demand.
A new source of high-purity Zirconium
Alkane Resources Ltd subsidiary Australian Strategic Materials will recover standard and high-purity zirconium at our plant near Dubbo in New South Wales, Australia. Our range of zirconium materials will be available directly from Australian Strategic Materials and our strategic sales and marketing partner in Europe, Minchem.
Australian Strategic Materials represents a new and unique source of zirconium chemicals at bespoke specifications for use in a range of high-tech industries. Mined and processed entirely within Australia, our zirconium products are independent of the Chinese market and unrelated to traditional zircon and titania mineral sands operations. Owing to the intrinsically low uranium content of the source mineral, an alternative hydrous zirconium silicate (not zircon), all products emit lower levels of natural radiation than most other zirconium materials on the market. Australian Strategic Materials’s sustainable supply chain offers technology manufacturers transparency, reliability, product value and shorter lead times.
Clean energy and emissions minimisation
Zirconium is used in various clean energy technologies, including solid oxide fuel cells that provide reliable and affordable portable power. Zirconia also plays an important role in catalytic converters used to minimise emissions in the automotive industry.
Zirconia ceramics provide diamond-like coating protection for jet turbines, allowing them to run hotter and cleaner.
Zirconia replaces heavy metals for brighter, whiter and more hard-wearing tooth replacements and fillings. Zirconium alloys are used to make biocompatible, long-lasting, hard-wearing joints, such as ceramic knee and hip implants.
Mobile phones and phone towers incorporate signal amplifiers containing zirconium to boost signal strength and clarity.
Zirconium-based waxes are used for water-proofing of outdoor clothing, tents and tarpaulins; zirconium chemicals are also used in wool and fabric dyes to increase fire retardation of fabrics.