The University of Newcastle, Australia

P18 – Water-efficient Electrostatic Beneficiation

Closing Date: 31 December 2020Apply Now

PhD Scholarship

Supervisor: Dr Peter Ireland - The ARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals is seeking creative and innovative PhD applicants to join our national collaborative Centre, to develop transformational technologies to reduce energy and water consumption and increase metals recovery. This project will explore novel electrostatic mineral processing methods using little or no water, in low gravity. Dry processing is critical to the prospective utilisation of resources on the Moon, Asteroids, and other extraterrestrial environments, as well as arid parts of Earth.

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The Centre’s inclusive and equitable culture is supported by specific equity and diversity initiatives, which will support all members to achieve their career goals.

This project will focus on dry electrostatic particle separation, which has the potential to lower water use during mineral processing, reducing environmental impact and cost. This will be critical for future resource utilisation not only in arid areas of Earth, but also on the Moon, Asteroids and other extraterrestrial environments. A secondary focus of the project is therefore low-gravity processing. The project will use a combination of lab-scale experiments and modelling to explore several water-efficient and water-free particle separation techniques.

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PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $33,092 per annum (2020 rate). For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover at single rate, for an international candidate.

Supervisor: Dr Peter Ireland

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant will need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 31 December 2020.

Applications Close 31 December 2020 Apply Now

Contact Dr Peter Ireland
Phone +61 2 4921 5653

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