Mining and Chemical Processing Metallurgist Consultant

Technical Consultant #2061


Expertise

  • Process development and optimization, through research and development for the chemical, mining, and metallurgical industries.
  • Laboratory services in development processes for primary and secondary metal production, hydrogen technologies, and waste treatment.
  • Reduction processes in energy costs and environmental impact of metal production.
  • Data generation for feasibility of novel process.
  • Reaction mechanisms of commercial processes and new process development and evaluation.
  • Chemical analysis
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Custom experimental design
  • Computational thermodynamics

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Principal, 2002 - Present

  • Completion of projects (over 150) providing over a decade of services with approximately 20 employees.
  • Working with existing corporate research labs as part of the project team or running the entire development project, including process modelling, CAPEX/OPEX, unit design, and experimental work.
  • Experimental work requiring a deep understanding of the chemistry and process design.

Clients Serviced

  • RioTintoAlcan (France)
  • Vale (Brazil)
  • Glencore (Canada)
  • Barrick (Canada)
  • Timet (USA)
  • Siemens (Israel)
  • Rockwood (Germany)
  • Huntsman (England)
  • AngloAmerican (South Africa)
  • Metaux Speciaux (France)
  • Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)
  • Rain CII (USA)

Project Types

  • Reduction of SO2 generation during nickel smelting
  • Reaction mechanisms during reduction of saprolite
  • Direct reduced iron from iron ore
  • Lead purification circuit improvements
  • Liquidus determination of Ni slags
  • Gold/arsenic concentrate roasting
  • Graphite and petroleum coke purification
  • Treatment of Al salt cake waste
  • Antimony concentrate treatment
  • Optimization of copper slag cooling circuit
  • Thermal upgrading of PGM concentrate
  • Desulfurization of petroleum coke
  • Calcination of limestone/dolomite
  • Improvements to sodium electrolysis
  • Anode wear in lithium chloride electrolysis
  • Optimization and operation of magnesium chloride electrolysis
  • Aluminum chloride electrolysis
  • Inert anodes for aluminum production
  • Wide range of aluminum primary and secondary production projects
  • Titanium powder production
  • Molten salt energy storage

Undisclosed Company, Principal, 1997 - 2001

  • A laboratory consulting firm with projects mainly in chemical thermodynamics for process development.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Post-doctoral work: Process Metallurgy, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Supervised over a dozen graduate theses, (for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students) with funding as lead investigator
  • Founder and faculty supervisor of the Queen's Living Energy Laboratory student design group

Instructor for the following courses

  • APSC 100 "Practical Engineering Modules" (Over 30 supervised in total)
  • MINE 301 "Introduction to Recycling"
  • APSC 190 "Engineering and the Workplace"
  • METL 800 Graduate Introduction to Metallurgy (Chemical Metallurgy part)
  • METL 360/460 (Professional Practice)
  • METL 361 (Hydro and Pyrometallurgy Laboratory)
  • METL 240 "The Chemical Production of Engineering Materials"

Languages

  • French, fluent

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • MetSoc/CIM, (Canadian Institute of Mining) - President
  • TMS/AIME (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society/American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical,and Petroleum Engineers)
  • Theme D (Powertrains) coordinator, AUTO21 National Centres of Excellence
  • Theme B (Hydrogen storage) coordinator, H2CAN NSERC Strategic Network
  • Lead researcher, Hydrogen storage, Queen's-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre
  • NSERC Strategic Projects Review Committee

Awards

  • Best Poster of Conference - TMS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
  • Best Paper - TMS Magnesium, San Francisco, CA
  • First Capital Challenge 1st prize $50,000 (business plan competition)
  • Past President's Memorial Medal, CIM
  • TMS Young Leader Intern
  • Dean's Award
  • Queen's Graduate Award
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • Ortech Best Student Paper Award, CMSC, (Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference)

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Co-Author of national and international publications in: Peer reviewed journals, Science magazines, Conferences, and Chapters of numerous educational text books.
  • National and international patents (7)

Education

  • Ph.D. Chemical Metallurgy, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • M.S. Chemical Metallurgy, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • B.S. Engineering Chemistry, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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