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Laureate Professor elected to esteemed American academy

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Centre for Multiphase Processes has been elected to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

This election is one of the highest professional distinctions offered to an engineer with only 12 foreign members appointed in 2015.

Professor Jameson joins a distinguished group who have made outstanding contributions to 'engineering research, practice or education' and to the 'pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advances in traditional fields of engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education'.

The international membership of the NAE now totals 221, with the total US membership now reaching 2,263.

Nominated for the development of an innovative flotation technology for advanced mineral processing the Jameson Cell, former NSW Scientist of the Year, Professor Jameson has contributed greatly to the Australian economy and environment with this invention.

The Jameson Cell is a radically different flotation device that changed the way that minerals were recovered and earned Jameson almost legendary status in mining and engineering circles.

This device has proven to be very successful in Australia's minerals industry and has netted Australia in excess of $30 billion in exports.

With over 300 cells now in operation across 25 countries, the Cell is being used for copper, coal, zinc, nickel, lead, silver and platinum extraction world-wide.

The process involves grinding mineral ores into small particles, suspending them in water and placing them into stirred tanks known as cells. A large mine can treat 10,000 tonnes an hour – that's similar to 10,000 small cars being reduced to dust every hour.

The Cell works by blowing air bubbles up through the liquid and using reagents to make mineral particles stick to them. The bubbles form a mineral-rich froth on the surface, which is then scraped off. 

Read more about Laureate Professor Jameson on his profile page.

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