Dr Thomas Payten

Research Associate

Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources

Division of Research and Innovation


I am researching ways we can recover resources from abandoned mines while cleaning up the legacy of the past. The primary focus is on coarse and fine iron ore from Frances Creek, with research in other legacy mines and commodities as they arise. This engagement is aimed at improving the salability of the final product and converting existing waste into valuable material by identifying additional recoverable materials.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2019 Honorary Research Associate La Trobe University
    2008 - 2019 Advisor - Mineralogy Rio Tinto
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Scholarship AusIMM Education Endowment Fund AusIMM Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2019 - 2022 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2010 - 2011 La Trobe University Australia Bachelor of Physics (Honours)
    2005 - 2008 La Trobe University Australia Bachelor of Nanotechnology/Bachelor of Science
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    General Radiation Safety Officer Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Australia

Currently funded under two research agreements with external industry entities.

  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2022 - ongoing Member Optica Students Adelaide Optica Australia
    2018 - 2019 Member Bachelor of Science Course Advisory Committee La Trobe University Australia
  • Position: Research Associate
  • Phone: 83132396
  • Email: thomas.payten@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134380
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources (ISER)

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