The School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland worked in collaboration with Abercorn Kaolin Pty Ltd (since late 2018), a wholly owned subsidiary of MSE to develop a novel approach to HPA production.
MSE owns 100% of the Intellectual Property associated with the provisional patent application and as announced to the ASX on 17th October 2019, kaolin from MSE’s Abercorn Project has successfully produced 4N HPA (99.99%+) Al2O3 using a traditional process.
HPA demand increasing
The HPA market is experiencing significant growth. Demand is primarily being driven by sapphire glass and lithium-ion batteries. HPA is a very pure form of aluminium oxide (Al2O3) and a pre-cursor material required for the manufacturing of sapphire glass and ceramic coated Lithium-Ion-Battery separators.
HPA is a critical input in the production of synthetic sapphire – one which has no substitute. Applications:
- Substrates for LED lights, Lenses and Semiconductors
- Scratch-resistant sapphire glass used for optical lenses, watch faces, televisions, tablet and smartphone components
- Bio-medical devices and Phosphors
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