Process metallurgy of high temperature oxide systems in support of copper metal recycling and the development of the circular economy

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Professor Evgueni Jake.jak@uq.edu.au

Copper, nickel, cobalt, chromium and tin metals are essential for the manufacture of new battery materials, electrical and electronic devices and technologies that will enable the global transition to sustainable energy systems. There are major technical challenges associated with the industrial scale high temperature production, separation and recycling of these metals.

The overall aim of the research program is develop advanced chemical thermodynamic databases and models that can be used to predict the outcomes of these complex chemical reactions, and in doing so provide the industry with the vital fundamental scientific information and tools needed to be able to design and improve new, more efficient metal production and recycling technologies.

The objective of the project is to provide critical information on phase equilibria and kinetic data on liquid and solid oxide systems urgently needed to accurately describe these important industrial systems. This will involve undertaking new experimental measurements in selected chemical systems and at controlled process conditions, and the development of chemical thermodynamic and kinetic models.

The successful applicant will work as part of the Pyrometallurgy Innovation Centre (PYROSEARCH) team and provide important research outcomes to our Australian and international industry sponsors.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of high temperature materials processing would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of metallurgical, materials chemical engineering, chemistry or related discipline and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of chemical thermodynamics is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2021. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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