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 Expert  729868

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

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Western 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.

Bayer process


red mud (sludge)

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.

laboratory development


laboratory management

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1976   Ph D   Chemistry   University of Western Australia  
1971   Dip Ed   Education   University of Tasmania  
1969   B Sc   Chemistry   University of Melbourne   Honours Class 2A

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2004 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





He is Director and Principal Consultant.

2001 to 2004


Alcoa World Alumina Australia


Technology Delivery Group


Sustainable Technology Manager


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.

1996 to 2001


Alcoa World Alumina Australia




Technology Manager


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.

1993 to 1996


Alcoa of Australia




Laboratory and Environmental Manager


He was responsible for environmental management at the Kwinana alumina refinery, and for laboratory services for Alcoa's Western Australian operations.

1992 to 1993


Alcoa of Australia




Chief Chemist


He was responsible for the process control, mine development and product certification laboratories for Alcoa's Western Australian operations.

1982 to 1992


Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd




Laboratory Director


He was responsible for the establishment and on-going management of the process control and research laboratories at the Worsley alumina refinery.

Career Accomplishments:




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.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Analytica Chimica Acta  
 - Hydrometallurgy  
 - Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development  
 - Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research  
 - Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on producing different grades of activated alumina.
  • Expert in bauxite alumina laboratory research for consulting on Lime in Bauxite to Alumina Bayer process.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has acted as an expert witness in a number of successful litigations, including patent defenses and insurance disputes.
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Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
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.

Additional Skills and Services:

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


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