Pre-conference course on mining biotechnology

Time: Saturday: 19th November 2022

Venue: Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough Perth and virtually via Webex

Course outline:

Time Saturday
8.30 Arrival tea/coffee
9.00-10.30 Lecture 1: Fundamentals and applications of bioleaching and biotechnical pre-treatment of ores
10.30-11.00 Morning tea/coffee break
11:00-12.30 Lecture 2: Biotechnical value extraction and recovery from mining, metallurgical and post-consumer wastes
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-15:00 Lecture 3: Fundamentals and applications of biotechnical mine and process water treatment
15:00-15:30 Afternoon tea/coffee break
15:30-17:00 Lecture 4: Application of omics, microscopy and synchrotron techniques in biomining
17:00 End of day

Please note that the times in the course outline are shown in Australian Western Standard Time.

Speakers:

Denis Shiers: Dr Denis Shiers is a Team Leader within the Processing Program of CSIRO Mineral Resources, responsible for leading multiple industry sponsored projects that support the mining and emerging battery industry. He has expertise in the hydrometallurgical processing of ores and concentrates, with a particular focus on fundamental and industrial investigations of low-grade copper sulfide ore processing. He also has experience in solvent extraction, geochemical modelling and pilot scale operations, having worked with copper, nickel, zinc and uranium commodities.

Naomi Boxall: Dr Naomi Boxall is a research scientist at CSIRO with more than ten years’ experience in mining, waste treatment and resource recovery from strategic wastes such as electronic, mine and industrial wastes. Her areas of expertise are industrial and environmental biotechnology, circular economy, resource recovery and waste innovation, along with process design, development and optimisation, and techno-economic assessment.

Anna Kaksonen: Dr Anna Kaksonen leads the Industrial Biotechnology Group in the Industry Environments Program of CSIRO Land and Water. With her Group she develops biotechnological processes for environmental and industrial applications in the mining, energy, water supply, waste and wastewater treatment industries. Research topics of special interest have included: mining biotechnology (e.g. bioleaching, biooxidation, bioprecipitation, bioflotation), bioenergy, bioremediation of contaminated sites, waste/wastewater treatment and resource recovery, circular economy and mitigation of microbially caused problems such as biofouling, bioclogging and biocorrosion. She has also applied molecular and culture-based detection and monitoring approaches to microbial communities in natural and engineered environments, and isolated and described novel microorganisms.

Ka Yu Cheng: Dr Ka Yu Cheng is a Senior Research Scientist in the Industry Environment Program of CSIRO Land & Water. He obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Phil. Degrees (Environmental Science) in Hong Kong. He joined CSIRO in 2010 after completed his PhD at Murdoch University developing biotechnical processes for wastewater treatment and resource recovery. His research has led to >70 international journal publications (H-index 24), three patent applications and a water technology innovation award in 2008. Currently, he develops processes for contaminant degradation, and the treatment of mining and other wastes streams driving towards circular economy and the sustainability of industries.

Elizabeth Watkin: Dr Elizabeth Watkin is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Microbiology at Curtin University. She obtained her PhD from Murdoch University in 1999 and completed Postdoctoral Research Fellowships with CSIRO-Plant Industry and the Centre for Rhizobium Studies, Murdoch University. She commenced her current academic appointment at Curtin University in 2002. The overarching theme of her research is the microbial ecology of environmental systems and covers the fields of mining biotechnology and mineral resource recovery. She has industry contacts with a number of mining companies and has a long-term collaboration with CSIRO-Land and Water and CSIRO-Mineral Resources.

Miao Chen: Professor Miao Chen joined CSIRO as a CSIRO Office of the Chief (OCE) Science Leader in 2007. She leads a multidisciplinary team to develop robust chemical sensors for in situ monitoring of mineral processing and mining site environments. She has also developed a keen interest in low grade ore leaching processing. She has published 175 peer-reviewed journal papers and 23 patents. Her current research interests are:

  • Chemical sensing technology for industrial and environmental application.
  • In situ characterization of surface and interfacial reactions, including Synchrotron techniques to analyse the chemical species during mineral processing.
  • Resource recovery from complex and low-grade ore, e-waste and environmental remediation.