WHO IS ARGO?
Argo is a unique company that is bridging the gap between academia and industry. Comprised of industry experts and leading academics, Argo is translating deep eutectic solvent research into
WHAT DOES ARGO DO?TM
Argo is developing solutions to apply, foster industry relationships, manage interaction with the
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT ARGO’S TECHNOLOGY?
This is a viable non-aqueous technology for mineral processing, producing metal leaching faster than conventional methods at ambient temperatures, and it can be applied to an exceptionally wide range of metals and minerals. In addition, it offers novel approaches to traditional smelting and refinery techniques, producing market quality metals at the mine site.
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE ALREADY?
With 20 years of academic research and laboratory testing, researchers have already been able to demonstrate selective extraction and recovery of minerals, and DES technologies have already been commercialised in aerospace, beauty and pharmaceuticals.
WHY START WITH GOLD?
Gold is currently commonly recovered using cyanide and in the case of artisanal mining, the use of mercury. Argo’s new approach uses an environmentally compatible, re-cyclable, rapid and catalytic method for extracting gold without the need for a refinery. This could change the economics and social infrastructure in gold producing countries, enabling small groups to realise the potential of their resources.
WHAT IS NON-AQUEOUS AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Non-Aqueous means ‘without water’. It currently takes 7,000 litres of water to produce 1 ounce of gold! Without this drain on such a precious resource, mines will have a much lower impact on the water table and local environments.
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