Profile Image

Staff Profile

Edit

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Peter Ireland was born in May 1975 in Sydney, Australia. He obtained his B.Sc. (Physics Hons.) from the University of Sydney in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Applied Physics) from the University of Sydney in 2002. His Ph.D. thesis was on impact fracture of glass. After spending several years as full-time carer for his two children, he joined the Centre for Multiphase Processes at the University of Newcastle in mid-2004. He has since become a member of the PRC for Advanced Particle Processing and the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources.

Peter's research interests deal with the fundamental physics behind a number of processes in the minerals industry. From the beginning of 2006-2010, his focus was on the electrostatic separation of particles under the aegis of AMSRI (the Australian Minerals Science Research Institute) Program 3 (Innovative processing). This work included experimental studies of frictional charging sliding particle beds, the behaviour of dense charged particle streams falling in an electric field, and a theoretical study of the effect of surface contact statistics on contact and sliding charging. This work will be continued and expanded from 2012 onward with the support of an ARC Future Fellowship.

  • From 2006-2010 he led the Triboelectric Separation project within the Australian Minerals Science Research Institute (AMSRI), funded by the Australian Research Council and AMIRA International. He is currently the Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery project, "Mass transport mechanisms in aqueous foam".
  • He has published papers on fundamental topics such as tribocharging of surfaces and particles and physics of foams and liquid films, and on applied topics such as froth flotation and electrostatic separation and beneficiation.
  • His work on triboelectric separation received the 'Young Author Award' at the XXV International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC), Brisbane (2010), and the 'Young Scientist Award' of the European Working Party “Static Electricity in Industry” (EFCE), at the 11th International Conference on Electrostatics, Valencia (2009).
  • He has worked as a consultant to Cement Australia, the largest provider of cement products and services in Australia, advising on electrostatic issues during cement processing.
  • Peter's Ph.D. was on fracture and failure of brittle materials, and he has carried this interest into the sphere of particle comminution (size reduction by crushing, grinding, or other means) A review paper on the physics of single-particle comminution is currently in preparation. In particular, he is interested in bringing some of the recent advances in the field of fracture mechanics to bear on the study of comminution.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 17/05/2002
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sydney, 16/05/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • comminution
  • electrostatics
  • flotation
  • fluid mechanics
  • foams
  • fracture
  • tribocharging
  • wetting

Research expertise

Peter's research interests deal with the fundamental physics behind a number of processes in the minerals industry. From 2006-2010, his focus was on the electrostatic separation of particles under the aegis of AMSRI (the Australian Minerals Science Research Institute) Program 3 (Innovative processing). This work included experimental studies of frictional charging sliding particle beds, the behaviour of dense charged particle streams falling in an electric field, and a theoretical study of the effect of surface contact statistics on contact and sliding charging. From 2012 onward, he will be continuing and expanding this work with the support of an ARC Future Fellowship.

Peter has also investigated the factors affecting the forces on a coarse particle moving through an aqueous foam. This project has led to a number of important breakthroughs in understanding the interaction of foams and double surfactant films with imperfectly-wetted surfaces. He has also published a series of articles on the fluidisation and flow of liquid through aqueous foams, work that is applicable to fluidised media in general. Work continues on these topics, supported by an ARC Discovery grant.

Peter's Ph.D. was on fracture and failure of brittle materials, and he has carried this interest into the sphere of particle comminution (size reduction by crushing, grinding, or other means) A review paper on the physics of single-particle comminution is currently in preparation. In particular, he is interested in bringing some of the recent advances in the field of fracture mechanics to bear on the study of comminution.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
091499Resources Engineering And Extractive Metallurgy Not Elsewhere Classified55
090499Chemical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified40
091399Mechanical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified5

Appointments

ARC Future Fellow
University of Newcastle (Australia)
01/01/2012

Awards

Honours.

2009Young scientist award 11th International Conference on Electrostatics, Valencia 2009.
European Working Party "Static Electricity in Industry" (EFCE) (Spain)
For conference paper.

Other

2006Independent Investigator Scheme grant
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle (Australia)

Research Award.

2010ARC Discovery grant: 'Mass transport in aqueous foams'
Australian Research Council (Australia)
Research grant.
2010Young Author Award
XXV International Mineral Processing Congress (Australia)
Outstanding research paper

Collaboration

  • Ph.D. project at the University of Sydney investigated the mechanisms of impact fracture in a window glazing system produced by the project's industry sponsor, Nippon Sheet Glass.
  • Since mid-2004, has worked on a variety of projects related to the mineral processing industry. Project on triboelectric separation (2006-2010) was funded as part of the Australian Mineral Science Research Institute (AMSRI), a linkage project between the ARC and AMIRA international (P924) with funding from some of the largest mineral processing companies in the world, including BHP Billiton, Xstrata, Anglo-American and Rio Tinto.
  • Work on flotation has directly addressed problems relevant to the mineral processing industry - for example, my work on the injection of wash water into foams led directly to development of a new wash water distributor for flotation cells, currently in the pilot stage.
  • Since 2010, Has been a consultant on electrostatic phenomena to Cement Australia, the largest provider of cement products and services in Australia.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • foams
  • fracture
  • mineral separation
  • physics

Teaching expertise

Teaching experience:

CHEE3920 - Guest lecturer - Comminution (2007- )

MATH2470 - Guest lecturer - Partial differential equations (2011- )

Edit

Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Ireland PM, 'Some comments on contact charge relaxation', Applied Physics Letters, 91 091501 (2007) [C3]
2007Ireland PM, Jameson GJ, 'Liquid transport in a multi-layer froth', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 314 207-213 (2007) [C1]

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Click on a category title below to expand the list of citations for that specific category.

Journal article (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Ireland PM, Jameson GJ, 'Collision of a rising bubble-particle aggregate with a gas-liquid interface', International Journal of Mineral Processing, 130 1-7 (2014) [C1]
2013Liyanaarachchi KR, Ireland PM, Webber GB, Galvin KP, 'Electrostatic formation of liquid marbles and agglomerates', APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 103 (2013) [C1]
2013Ireland PM, 'Convective mixing in a wet planar foam', Chemical Engineering Science, 101 554-564 (2013) [C1]
2013Ireland PM, Jameson GJ, 'Particle dynamics in cyclone tribochargers', JOURNAL OF ELECTROSTATICS, 71 449-455 (2013) [C1]
2012Ireland PM, Jameson GJ, 'Drag force on a spherical particle moving through a foam: The role of wettability', International Journal of Mineral Processing, 102-103 78-88 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Graeme Jameson

2012Ireland PM, 'Dynamic particle-surface tribocharging: The role of shape and contact mode', Journal of Electrostatics, 70 524-531 (2012) [C1]
2011Ireland PM, Nicholson K, 'Analysis and comparison of particle tribochargers', Minerals Engineering, 24 914-922 (2011) [C1]
2010Ireland PM, 'Triboelectrification of particulate flows on surfaces: Part I - Experiments', Powder Technology, 198 189-198 (2010) [C1]
2010Ireland PM, 'Triboelectrification of particulate flows on surfaces: Part II - Mechanisms and models', Powder Technology, 198 199-210 (2010) [C1]
2009Ireland PM, 'Coalescence in a steady-state rising foam', Chemical Engineering Science, 64 4866-4874 (2009) [C1]
2009Ireland PM, 'Contact charge accumulation and separation discharge', Journal of Electrostatics, 67 462-467 (2009) [C1]
2009Ireland PM, Jameson GJ, 'Foam slip on surfaces of intermediate or low wettability', Chemical Engineering Science, 64 3859-3867 (2009) [C1]
2008Ireland PM, 'The role of changing contact in sliding triboelectrification', Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 41 1-11 (2008) [C1]
2008Ireland PM, 'Some curious observations of soap film contact lines', Chemical Engineering Science, 63 2174-2187 (2008) [C1]
2007Ireland PM, Jameson GJ, 'Liquid transport in a coalescing froth', Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 85 654-661 (2007) [C1]
2007Ireland PM, Jameson GJ, 'Liquid transport in a multi-layer froth', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 314 207-213 (2007) [C1]
2007Ireland PM, Cunningham R, Jameson GJ, 'The behaviour of wash water injected into a froth', International Journal of Mineral Processing, 84 99-107 (2007) [C1]
2007Ireland PM, 'Some comments on contact charge relaxation', Applied Physics Letters, 91 091501 (2007) [C3]
Show 15 more

Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Ireland PM, Jameson GJ, 'Particle mechanics and the design of cyclone tribochargers', Congress proceedings: XXV International Mineral Processing Congress., Brisbane, QLD (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Graeme Jameson

2010Nicholson K, Ireland PM, Wanless EJ, Jameson GJ, 'Triboelectric separation - Beneficiation of coal', Congress Proceedings: XXV International Mineral Processing Congress, Brisbane, QLD (2010) [E1]
2008Nicholson K, Ireland PM, Wanless EJ, Jameson GJ, 'Design and construction of a laboratory scale cyclone tribocharger', Chemeca2008, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E1]
Edit

Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$1,279,257

- Indicates that the researcher may be seeking students for this project.

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

2015 (1 grants)

A Paradigm Shift in the Hydrodynamics of Ion Flotation$434,300
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Kevin Galvin, Doctor Peter Ireland
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$434,30020152017
GNo:G1400229

2011 (1 grants)

Triboelectric separation - Fundamentals and practice$626,957
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Peter Ireland
SchemeRole
Future FellowshipsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$626,95720112015
GNo:G1100439

2010 (1 grants)

Mass transport in aqueous foams$218,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Peter Ireland
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$218,00020102012
GNo:G0189993
Edit

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20072007 Chemical Engineering
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorOnset of instabilities in uniformly-fluidised froth
20062007 Chemical Engineering
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorLiquid transport in froths with instabilities
Edit

Dr Peter Ireland

Work Phone(02) 492 15653
Email
PositionFuture Fellow
NIER: Chemical Engineering
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
NIER A233,
NIER A Block,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/peter-ireland