ARC Discovery Project funding success
Professor Kevin Galvin and Dr Peter Ireland have been awarded more than $434,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2015 for their research project A Paradigm Shift in the Hydrodynamics of Ion Flotation.
About the project
Ion flotation has delivered remarkable separations via high selectivity, recovery and concentration upgrade. Yet, the technology has not provided solutions that are economically viable. This new project, however, aims to deliver the paradigm shift required in the flotation hydrodynamics to finally permit ion flotation to be applied to a broad range of industrial problems. Specifically, the aim is to increase extraction rates by more than an order of magnitude by dramatically increasing bubble-liquid segregation rates, and bubble-surface fluxes. In turn the project is expected to develop a new line of solutions to industrial problems in hydrometallurgy for recovering precious metals and for solving toxic environmental problems.