P26 – Ultrafine Recovery of Precious Metals using Nano-scale Permeable Films of Oil

Closing Date: 31 December 2020Apply Now

PhD Scholarship

Supervisor: Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin - 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 investigate a novel agglomeration technology to transform the recovery of precious minerals.

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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.

The aim of this study is to build the fundamental rules that govern the novel agglomeration process, the role of the collector, mineral chemistry, and the binder used to achieve agglomeration. From an applied perspective, this project seeks to achieve complete recovery of ultrafine base and precious metals such as copper and PGMs within seconds, covering particles from 0.1 to 10 microns.

This research is a collaboration between researchers from the University of Newcastle, Curtin University and from the University of Colorado, Boulder. The work involves systematic experiments aimed at understanding the properties of the binder material, and an understanding of mineral surfaces, basic chemistry including surface oxidation, and effect of collectors for making the particles hydrophobic. Fundamental modelling will also be used to help inform understanding and how to improve the process.

This project has the potential to deliver ultrafast and complete recovery of ultrafine particles in seconds, with strong selectivity, providing a solution to currently intractable problems in mineral processing, relevant to Thematic Objective 2. Applied more broadly, the project may offer new ways to achieve solid-liquid separation, relevant to Thematic Objective 3.

For more information on our Centre please visit www.coeminerals.org.au

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: Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin

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 Kevin.Galvin@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 31 December 2020.

Applications Close 31 December 2020 Apply Now

Contact Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin
Phone +61 2 4033 9077
Email Kevin.Galvin@newcastle.edu.au

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