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Expert in Processing Bauxite to Alumina and related Chemical, Environmental and Sustainability Aspects

Expert ID: 729868 Australia

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Expert trained as a research chemist, and has over 25 years' experience in senior technical and management roles in the alumina industry. He has detailed knowledge of the chemistry and practice of the Bayer process for the production of alumina from bauxite, and has published a number of research and review papers in that field. Particular areas of interest related to alumina refining include: the origin, role and management of organic compounds; bauxite residue ("red mud") chemistry, management and re-use; environmental management; volatile emissions and air quality; and chemical analysis and laboratory management. He regularly provides advice to the industry and to research organizations, and has been an expert witness in a number of patent defenses and other legal actions.

Expert has worked with research and commercial analytical laboratories for over thirty years. He is experienced with conducting original research in applied electrochemistry and mineral process chemistry; has established, developed and managed large industrial analytical laboratories at a number of sites within the bauxite/alumina industry. He has played a leadership role in establishing modern analytical methods for the certification of alumina and bauxite products, and has overseen the certification of laboratories and industrial facilities to ISO 9001 and 14001 quality and environmental standards. He currently works as a senior research consultant within a large research organization.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1976 Degree: Ph D Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of Western Australia
Year: 1971 Degree: Dip Ed Subject: Education Institution: University of Tasmania
Year: 1969 Degree: B Sc Subject: Chemistry Institution: University of Melbourne

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Responsibilities: He is Director and Principal Consultant.
Years: 2001 to 2004 Employer: Alcoa World Alumina Australia Title: Sustainable Technology Manager Department: Technology Delivery Group Responsibilities: He was responsible for development and managing a technology plan to support Alcoa’s sustainability direction and 2020 environmental goals, and for managing the Air Quality Plan and research group for Alcoa's Western Australian operations.
Years: 1996 to 2001 Employer: Alcoa World Alumina Australia Title: Technology Manager Department: Refining Responsibilities: He was responsible for the Process Engineering, Chemical Laboratory Services and IT functions at the Kwinana alumina refinery, including the technical development plan for the refinery.
Years: 1993 to 1996 Employer: Alcoa of Australia Title: Laboratory and Environmental Manager Department: Refining Responsibilities: He was responsible for environmental management at the Kwinana alumina refinery, and for laboratory services for Alcoa's Western Australian operations.
Years: 1992 to 1993 Employer: Alcoa of Australia Title: Chief Chemist Department: Refining Responsibilities: He was responsible for the process control, mine development and product certification laboratories for Alcoa's Western Australian operations.
Years: 1982 to 1992 Employer: Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd Title: Laboratory Director Department: Laboratory Responsibilities: He was responsible for the establishment and on-going management of the process control and research laboratories at the Worsley alumina refinery.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
FRACI
Licenses / Certifications
CChem
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 30 publications and has recently been invited to provide the aluminum entry to the Berkshire Encyclopaedia of Sustainability.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has acted as an expert witness in a number of successful litigations, including patent defenses and insurance disputes.
Training / Seminars
He has delivered courses on Bayer process chemistry and technology to industry and academic clients, and has extensive experience as a facilitator of technical discussion and problem-solving workshops

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French He is currently at CEFR Level B2 and actively studying towards Level C1. He is able to communicate with French-speakers in their own language and is skilled in translating technical French into English.
Spanish He has good working knowledge of written Spanish and some ability to communicate verbally in Spanish.

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