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PhD/MPhil scholarships in Hydrometallurgy  [January 11, 2019]

Location: The University of Queensland, Australia

The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent international reputation which has been built over four decades at the University. With 35 academic staff, including 17 professors, the School provides quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries.

Within the School is the Hydrometallurgy Research Group which maintains a portfolio of fundamental and applied research across a range of hydrometallurgical processes relevant to industry sectors from base metals to Bayer alumina processing and the streamlining of the battery materials supply chain. Currently research is focused on a number of key aspects of processing including leaching into and precipitation from aqueous solutions and solution upgrading and purification using ion exchange resin and application of novel membrane technologies. The hydrometallurgy group is part of a holistic extractive metallurgy program with close interaction with pyrometallurgists and mineral processers, with the aim of improving process routes for metal extraction and product recovery.

Information for prospective students

Information about life at UQ and UQ campuses is available at http://www.uq.edu.au/current-staff/working-at-uq

The role

Australia is a world leader in production of many mineral commodities including iron ore, lithium, alumina, copper, nickel, cobalt and zinc. We are seeking research higher degree candidates who wish to contribute to the development of processing technologies for these commodities through experimental and mathematical modelling studies of selected aspects of the chemical and physical phenomenon occurring in these processes. The scholarships provide an exciting opportunity to undertake fundamental and applied research studies while working closely with industrial partners and leading researchers in the field. The hydrometallurgy group has strategic partnerships with Rio Tinto through the UQ RT Bauxite & Alumina Technology Centre (http://www.chemeng.uq.edu.au/rt/home ), BHP Billiton and Oz Minerals through the The Australian Copper-Uranium Transformation Research Hub (http://researchers.uq.edu.au/research-project/26449 ) and Pure Battery Technologies (https://purebatterytech.com/ ). The hydrometallurgy group is also collaborating with the UQ FIMLab on applying novel inorganic membrane technologies in hydrometallurgical processes (https://www.chemeng.uq.edu.au/fimlab ). These partnerships and collaborations provide funding to progress research priorities, development of new technologies and to support students in the development of skills that meet industry needs.

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