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The first keynote lecture, "The scientific legacy of Joseph Kitchener- its impact in flotation and colloid science" will be presented by Emeritus Laureate Professor John Ralston of the University of South Australia, Australia.

John is a Physical and Colloid Chemist with complementary training in metallurgy, whose research interests embrace various aspects of interfacial science and engineering.†In 1994, the Ian Wark Research Institute (1994 to 2015) was founded at the University of South Australia, with John as its Director, until his retirement in 2012.Johnís research deals with three main themes - how bubbles contact particles; why things stick together and how liquids spread over surfaces. The problems addressed cross the boundaries from pure physical chemistry to materials science to chemical and minerals engineering, with many connections with, and knowledge transfer to, national and international industry. John has received numerous awards and honours over the years. These include the Chemeca Medal in 2006 [ Australia's highest honour in Chemical Engineering], the ATSE Clunies Ross Lifetime Contribution Award in 2009 and the Staudinger Durrer Lecture and Medal in 2012 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, for influential contributions to the fields of colloid and surface science. In 2008 John was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. In 2007 John was awarded South Australian of the Year, the first scientist to be so honoured, as well as South Australian Scientist of the Year. Apart from mentoring†research teams at UniSA,†a number of†his present activities, as a "roving ambassador" for the University of South Australia,†include strong interactions with universities, companies†and† research institutes†internationally. John has an h-index of 60. His publications have been cited more than 12000 times.

 

John Ralston

 

 

 

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