A PhD scholarship, funded by the Alumina Quality Workshop (AQW), is available to conduct research on a project that investigates the “Composition and leaching of aluminosilicates formed in caustic solutions”. The objectives of the project are to:
- Determine the reaction pathways in the formation of aluminosilicates from caustic soda solutions under conditions of industrial relevance
- Determine the factors that control the nature (crystalline vs amorphous) and composition (proportions of Na, Si and Al) of the silicates formed
- Examine ways of controlling aluminosilicate formation to achieve the best environmental outcomes for bauxite residues
Upon PhD graduation, the scholar would be ideally placed to commence a career in the field of hydrometallurgy/mining having been supervised by, and received training from, a project team that comprises a mix of researchers and experienced plant personnel in the field of bauxite refining.
The research methods to be deployed in the project include NMR, solids characterisation methods and vibrational spectroscopy.
- Australian Permanent Resident
- Australian Citizen
Maximum number awarded
The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $30,000 per annum for the duration of the award. This scholarship shall be for three years.
Candidates for this PhD scholarship are expected to:
- Hold a laboratory-based undergraduate degree in a technical field (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Engineering) at a high level (honours) of academic achievement;
- Demonstrate an aptitude for research through their analytical skills and creative thinking;
- Be able to work in a team setting and take responsibility for their individual tasks;
- Be experienced in the use of digital technology and software packages;
- Possess excellent spoken and written communications skills that may be evidenced, for example, through their undergraduate thesis/project work and presentations given; and
- Practise well-developed time- and self-management skills with strong personal discipline and drive in their work.
- Desirable: have some previous experience in NMR, XRD or vibrational spectroscopy
Applications accepted at any time