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Dr Peter Ireland

Lecturer

School of Engineering

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.

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.

Teaching Expertise
Teaching experience: CHEE3920 - Guest lecturer - Comminution (2007- ) MATH2470 - Guest lecturer - Partial differential equations (2011- )


Collaborations
- 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.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • comminution
  • electrostatics
  • flotation
  • fluid mechanics
  • foams
  • fracture
  • mineral separation
  • physics
  • tribocharging
  • wetting

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
090499 Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified 40
091499 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified 55
091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified 5

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/12/2011 -  Fellow ARC

ARC - Discovery - Future Fellowships

University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
1/06/2002 - 1/12/2002 Part-time Research Officer University of Newcastle
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Australia

Awards

Honours

Year Award
2009 Young scientist award - 11th International Conference on Electrostatics, Valencia 2009.
European Working Party "Static Electricity in Industry" (EFCE)

Recipient

Year Award
2006 Independent Investigator Scheme grant
Unknown

Research Award

Year Award
2010 ARC Discovery grant: 'Mass transport in aqueous foams'
Australian Research Council
2010 Young Author Award
Unknown
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $1,573,613

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


20171 grants / $238,594

Electrostatic Formation of Liquid Marbles$238,594

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Erica Wanless, Associate Professor Grant Webber, Doctor Peter Ireland, Associate Professor Syuji Fujii
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1501562
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20152 grants / $450,499

A Paradigm Shift in the Hydrodynamics of Ion Flotation$448,999

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Doctor Peter Ireland
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1400229
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Electrostatics 2015, Southampton United Kingdom, 12-16 April 2015$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Peter Ireland
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500252
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $666,520

Triboelectric separation - Fundamentals and practice$666,520

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Peter Ireland
Scheme Future Fellowships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1100439
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20101 grants / $218,000

Mass transport in aqueous foams$218,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Peter Ireland
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G0189993
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Exploring the Electrostatic Formation of Liquid Marbles PhD (Chemical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2007 Unknown Onset of instabilities in uniformly-fluidised froth Chemical Engineering, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2006 Unknown Liquid transport in froths with instabilities Chemical Engineering, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

Australian Research Council (ARC)

ARC Discovery Project funding success

November 19, 2014

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.

Dr Peter Ireland

Position

Lecturer
NIER: Chemical Engineering
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email peter.ireland@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 492 15653

Office

Room NIER A233
Building NIER A Block
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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