This fact sheet provides some of the chemistry of uranium. Discover the methods by which uranium is extracted and the chemical processes of these methods. How is chemistry used to enrich uranium and what are the different types of chemical reactions involved? Discover the symbol equations associated with uranium extraction and enrichment. Learn how chemistry is used to reprocess spent fuel from nuclear reactors.
Rare earths are in increasing demand worldwide for use in many modern technological devices such as electric motors, magnets, lasers, batteries, computer and LCD television screens, iPods, mobile phones and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. They are also essential in energy efficient technologies such as low-energy light bulbs and hybrid cars and renewable energy technologies such as wind turbines. In this fact sheet information on the uses and some properties of the rare earth elements is provided. It describes where these elements are mined in Australia.
QER is acknowledged with providing assistance for this resource."Chemistry of oil shale waste management"The QER New Fuels Development Centre and oil shale mine at Yarwun near Gladstone is dedicated to the creation of low sulphur oil from shale to produce diesel and jet fuels. The management of waste materials is an important priority in the production process, encompassing air, water, physical waste and noise. In this lesson, you will investigate the chemistry of waste management.In this lesson, students will:* Discover twenty-four processes used for waste management.
* Investigate physical changes and chemical reactions in waste management, with a particular focus on redox and acid-base reactions.This lesson has been designed to align with the Queensland Chemistry syllabus for Year 11.
QER is acknowledged with providing assistance for this resource."Fractional distillation of crude oil"The QER New Fuels Development Centre and oil shale mine at Yarwun near Gladstone is dedicated to the creation of low sulphur oil from shale to produce diesel and jet fuels. The secret to unlocking these and other fuels from oil is the process of fractional distillation. In this lesson, you will create your own miniature petroleum refinery.In this lesson, students will:* Perform fractional distillation as a practical experiment
* Investigate the organic chemistry of alkanes and its effect on boiling points.This lesson has been designed to align with the Queensland Chemistry syllabus for Year 12.
QER is acknowledged with providing assistance for this resource."Formation of oil shale"Beginning as a living lake some forty million years ago, the Stuart oil shale deposit near Gladstone has had a long and fascinating life. This lesson follows the process that turns algae into jet fuel.In this lesson, students will create a flowchart to depict the stages in the formation of oil shale.This lesson has been designed to align with the Queensland Science 21 syllabus for Year 11.
The Minerals Council of Australia is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.In this learning object, students examine everyday things around a house to find out which metals they contain. For example, the inner part of a microwave oven contains aluminium, copper, iron and manganese. Students will also investigate the properties of each metal to explain why they are suited to particular uses, work out how much of each metal is needed to make a particular product and calculate supplies of resources needed to meet global demand. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.
The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.Uranium is the energy source for nuclear power plants.In this activity students are tested on their recall of facts related to uranium mining and processing by completing the crossword correctly.
The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.In Situ Leaching (ISL) is a method of uranium mining which cannot be used to recover all ore bodies.In this activity students examine the advantages, disadvantages and the environmental considerations of this mining method.
The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.Energy is utilised in nearly every aspect of our lives. There are a variety of energy sources available with each source having advantages and disadvantages regarding its access, use and impact on society and the environment.Decisions need to be made on what energy sources need to be considered in order to provide for global energy needs now and in the future.In this activity students investigate energy sources and create a digital presentation to demonstrate their learning.
The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.Uranium is the source of nuclear energy source accounting for 14% of electricity generation worldwide.In this fact sheet information is provided on the history , methods of mining and use of uranium.