Professor Pal M. Sipos

Pál M. Sipos is professor of chemistry in Hungary at the University of Szeged where he founded and leads the Materials and Solution Structure Research Group (MASOST). He has been involved with research for the alumina industry since 1993, starting with the CSIRO in Western Australia where he investigated the solution chemistry of Bayer liquors. He has supervised and co-supervised 22 completed PhD degrees and currently supervises 4 PhD students. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 research papers.

Professor Pal M. Sipos

Professor Richard Haynes

Professor Haynes works in the areas of soil and environmental science at the University of Queensland. His research interests are in remediation of waste waters and soils contaminated with heavy metals, revegetation of waste spoils/mined land, and the use and recycling of industrial, agricultural and municipal wastes and minimising their effects on the environment. He has extensive experience having worked as both an applied research scientist and as a university professor in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. He has published several hundred research papers and spoken at many international conferences. For the last seven years he has worked with EGA on making bauxite residue into a manufactured soil product for bulk use in landscaping and sports fields.

Professor Richard Haynes

Professor Ronan Courtney

Ronan Courtney has been working on the environmental management of bauxite residue and ore processing tailings for over 25 years. In the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick he has led investigations in residue characterisation and amendment, soil processes and ecological development. He has extensive experience in translating residue rehabilitation laboratory findings into field application, developing soil material (technosols) in Europe, Australia and South America. Recently, he has led the pioneering IAI sponsored research into the potential of constructed wetland technology for the treatment of alkaline residue leachate.

Professor Ronan Courtney

Allan Suhett Reis

Allan Suhett Reis is a metallurgical engineer with 13 years experience in the beneficiation iron and bauxite ores, working in Process, Laboratory and Project Manager roles. He is now R&D Consultant for the development of new process routes for bauxite beneficiation for improved business profitability and sustainability.

Allan Suhett Reis

Andrew Furlong

Starting at the Aughinish (Ireland) refinery in 1994, Andrew has been 30 years in the alumina industry. He joined Worley in 1993 and is now Technical Director for Bauxite and Alumina, based in Brisbane, Australia, leading technology initiatives and future refining flowsheet development, and for the past five years has led Worley’s global Bauxite and Alumina Centre of Excellence for sector strategy and business development. He has been been involved with all phases of alumina refining project development for most industry players across multiple continents, has been responsible for process engineering design and execution on greenfield refinery projects, and has led front-end and optimisation technical service studies for operating refineries. He holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin and a Masters in Energy from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Andrew Furlong

Michael Wheatland

Michael Wheatland is Manager Sustainable Processing at Calix Limited. He is a Chartered Engineer turned technology commercialisation leader with a passion for carbon reduction technology, sustainable processing, and clean energy. Having implemented a range of multi-million dollar sustainability-focussed projects with Rio Tinto, BHP and Alcoa, he joined Calix in 2012 to work on the concept and design of carbon negative mineral technology, the core to the Calix Flash Calcination process. He is a sought-after speaker who has been invited to present at the World Mining Congress, the Australian Waste to Energy Forum and several other prestigious conferences globally. He dedicates a portion of his time to causes that advocate for a better environment and improve living conditions around the world.

Michael Wheatland

Dr Steven Psaltis

Dr Steven Psaltis is a research fellow in the School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is an expert in mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of multiscale, multiphase, and multicomponent systems, with applications in porous media flow, using mathematics to understand and improve complex industrial processes. He is proficient in C/C++ and MATLAB programming, and computer graphics and visualisation with OpenGL. His research interests include mathematical modelling of flow in porous media, parameter estimation through data assimilation, mathematical modelling and simulation of electrochemical systems, and virtual reconstruction and visualisation of objects from image data using mathematical techniques.

Dr Steven Psaltis

Mike Sisley

Michael Sisley is a Chemical Engineer with 40 years of experience in alumina refining. He graduated from University of Queensland in 1982 with Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons) and Deakin University in 1999 with a Masters of Business Administration. He has worked in technical, operational, business analysis, management and consulting roles with Queensland Alumina Ltd, Aughinish Alumina Ltd, Yarwun Alumina Refinery and the Gove Alumina Refinery. He is currently a member of RioTinto Aluminium’s Refinery Support team as the Principal Advisor for Refinery Process.

Mike Sisley

Dr Panagiotis Davris

Panagiotis Davris is a Metallurgical Engineer and is currently the Manager of Research and Sustainable Development at Mytilineos S.A, Agios Nikolaos plant. He holds a Ph.D in hydrometallurgy from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He has more than 10 years experience in R&D, developing technologies for iron, alumina, gallium and scandium production from wastes and other streams of the alumina refinery. Since 2018 he has been building and supervising pilot units for Bauxite residue utilization technologies.

Dr Panagiotis Davris

Dr John McFeaters

John is a director of Kenwalt Australia – the company that develops and sells SysCAD process simulation software. He has been involved in the alumina industry for 30 years and worked at QAL, Alpart, and as a consultant before joining Kenwalt. His focus is on process design and optimisation, modelling and simulation, and energy management in mineral and chemical industries. He has been involved with many greenfield and brownfield projects where modelling was used from the initial concept through to design, start-up and daily operation. He earned his engineering degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, University of Minnesota and Carnegie Mellon University, and was in the engineering faculty at the University of Auckland for ten years before moving to industry.

Dr John McFeaters

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