Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist and Chair - Hydrogen Working Group
Sponsored by ITM Power

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.

As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel is leading the development of the national hydrogen strategy at the request of the Council of Australian Governments. He also led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”) and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.

Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. He was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University. Dr Finkel will present ‘A Preoccupation with the First Element of the Periodic Table’ at Chemeca.

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Kathryn Fagg, Chairman - Boral
Sponsored by UNSW

Kathryn Fagg is an experienced chairman and board member having worked in senior executive roles across a range of industries, from resources, to manufacturing and logistics, as well as banking and professional services, in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Kathryn is Chairman of Boral Ltd, and Non-Executive Director on the boards of ASX-listed companies Djerriwarrh Investments and Incitec Pivot. In August 2018, she was appointed to the board of the CSIRO. She was a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 2013 to early 2018.

Kathryn is President of Chief Executive Women (CEW) and Chairman of the Melbourne Recital Centre as well as Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). She previously served as Chairman of Parks Victoria.

Kathryn is a board member of the Grattan Institute and the Male Champions of Change.

Kathryn is also a board member for the Australian Centre for Innovation and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering where she chairs the Industry and Innovation Forum and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Kathryn commenced her professional career as a petroleum engineer with Esso Australia (now Exxon Mobil), after completing her chemical engineering degree at the University of Queensland. As a petroleum engineer, her work was focused on maximising oil and gas production from the fields in Bass Strait.

From Esso, Kathryn moved into management consulting with McKinsey & Co working on engagements in strategy and change management. She then joined the ANZ Banking Group. Her roles at the bank included General Manager, Retail Banking, in New Zealand, and Managing Director, Banking Products for the Group.

Following ANZ, Kathryn returned to her industrial roots and joined BHP Steel which became BlueScope Steel. Senior executive roles with BlueScope included President, Australian Building and Logistics Solutions and President Asia, based in Singapore, where she had responsibility for BlueScope’s operations across the Asia region, including as Chairman of Tata BlueScope Steel in India.

From BlueScope, Kathryn was at Linfox for three years as President FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods), where she was responsible for providing logistics services to 9 of the world's ten largest FMCG companies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Subsequently, she has pursued a career as a Non-Executive Director.

In addition to her engineering degree, Kathryn holds a Master of Commerce in Organisational Behaviour from the University of New South Wales. She has been awarded an honorary doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland and an honorary doctorate in Business from the University of New South Wales. Kathryn was a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award in 2013, and in 2017 she was awarded the Ada Lovelace Medal for an Outstanding Woman Engineer by UNSW. Kathryn will be presenting ‘Into the 2020's: Challenges and Opportunities’ at Chemeca 2019.


Jim McIlvenny, President - Dow Asia Pacific
Sponsored by Monash University

Jim McIlvenny is President, Dow Asia Pacific. He also serves as Chairman of the Dow Sadara Project Office and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture developed by The Dow Chemical Company and Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco).

McIlvenny joined Dow in Australia in 1982, and has since held a number of roles in business and geographic leadership. He has travelled extensively and has taken on business assignments in Australia, Japan, China, and in the U.S. In 1994, McIlvenny was named President and CEO of FilmTec Corporation and in 1998, he was appointed President and CEO of Hampshire Chemical Corporation, Dow’s wholly-owned subsidiary. McIlvenny was Business Vice President of Specialty Polymers before moving to China in 2004. He was named President of Dow Asia Pacific in 2006.

McIlvenny has been an active contributor in the development of a sustainable chemical industry in Asia Pacific through participation in leading sustainability organizations and development of joint partnerships in sustainable chemistry with governments and NGOs in Asia. He served as a board member of Junior Achievement, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about entrepreneurship, as well as a corporate advisory board member of China Europe International Business School.

In 2009, he was named Senior Vice President for Performance Products, and oversaw a division that accounted for US$13 billion in sales. The businesses within this global division covered an extensive range of products for household, transportation, coating and personal care markets. McIlvenny was named Group Senior Vice President of Mega Projects in 2010, then became Chairman of the Dow Sadara Project Office in 2011. His responsibilities included leading Dow's key large-scale investments designed to meet the growth opportunities of tomorrow, and to enhance the long-term profitability of Dow. He was appointed President of Dow India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey in early 2017 before being named as Dow Asia Pacific President. Jim will present ‘The Fourth Industrial revolution – Its challenges and opportunities’ at Chemeca.


Belinda Grealy, Area Business Manager - Europe - Orica Mining Services
Sponsored by The University of Queensland

Belinda Grealy is the European Business Manager for Orica. As the leading global supplier of commercial explosives, Orica operate in every major mining market across more than 100 countries. As the Area Business Manager of Orica’s subsidiaries and Joint Venture partners across Europe, Belinda Grealy leads a culturally diverse team throughout nine countries to ensure quality blasting services for over 2000 customers.

Having been awarded the University Medal and earned a BSc Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration with the University of Newcastle, Australia, Belinda commenced her professional career with BHP Steelworks in 1993.

Belinda continues to enjoy and advance her career cultivated in the Australian Heavy Industry landscape. Belinda is recognised for successfully delivering improved performance in complex commercial and operational management roles within steel and aluminium manufacturing, rail haulage and logistics, as well as stevedoring and blasting services. An advocate and role model for STEM based careers, she has continued to collaborate with educational and technical institutions to open minds and highlight career pathways in industries that are being re-imagined.

Challenging organisations in which she operates, Belinda is focussed on introducing and unlocking diverse talent as well as utilising a collaborative approach to advance technology offerings for Orica’s customers. A recent move from Newcastle, Australia to Manchester, United Kingdom has seen Belinda shift away from some of her greatest loves; family and surf lifesaving, to trail run around Europe and bring together one of Orica’s most diverse regions and advance new technologies in the quarry and mining market.


Keynote speakers


Professor Lisa Pfefferle - C. Baldwin Sawyer Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University

Professor Lisa Pfefferle is C. Baldwin Sawyer Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984.

Her scientific contributions include defining the chemical contribution to soot formation over 500 fuel components, synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes with narrow diameter/type distributions and assembling them into aligned sheets for T-cell expansion, understanding the catalytic combustion of methane on PdO and 2D hematite, developing new synthesis techniques for 2D transition metal oxides, and synthesis of GaN nanotubes and boron nanotubes. She has published more than 250 publications with an H-index of 62.

Professor Pfefferle has been the lead PI on several large multi-university projects including an AFOSR MURI, an NSF-DMR Solar grant, and an NSF/DOE fuel optimization project. At Yale, Professor Pfefferle was past Chair of Course of Studies, past Department Chair and past Chair of the Science chairs.


Dr Ester Segal, Associate Professor of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Dr. Segal is an Associate Professor of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the broad interface between materials science and biotechnology to address problems in medical diagnostics, food safety, and therapy. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Technion in 2004 and later trained at the University of California – San Diego, where she was a Rothschild postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Segal has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, book chapters, and patents. She has received numerous prestigious fellowships and prizes over the course of her career, most recently the 2019 Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Award by the American Chemical Society.

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Trish Kerin, Director - Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre

After graduating with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in project management, operational and safety roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries.

Trish has represented industry on many government committees related to process safety, and sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) steering committee.

Trish is a Chartered Engineer, registered Professional Process Safety Engineer, Fellow of IChemE and Fellow of Engineers Australia. Trish holds a diploma in OHS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In 2015 Trish received the John A. Brodie Medal from Engineers Australia for her paper on Process Safety Competency at the Asia Pacific Congress of Chemical Engineering and in 2018 received the Trevor Kletz Merit Award from the MKOPSC for her work in process safety internationally.

Trish will give a presentation on her process safety knowledge and experience at Chemeca.

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Dr Neil Thompson, Managing Director - ITM Power and Adjunct Associate Professor - QUT Institute for Future Environments

Dr Neil Thompson has undertaken award-winning research at QUT Australia and KIT Germany in his role as Adjunct Associate Professor with the Institute for Future Environments.

His work in the field of integrated hydrogen energy systems has been regularly published in the USA and Europe leading to his recent appointment as Managing Director of ITM Power Pty Ltd for the APAC region. Since then he has developed a number of local reference sites for ITM’s rapid response PEM electrolysers across the mobility, industrial chemistry and power to gas sectors in partnership with key international clients.

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Professor George Zhao, ARC Laureate Fellow - School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

After Zhao received PhD in Chemical Engineering from UQ in 1999, he worked as a UQ postdoctoral research fellow till 2011. He then joined National University of Singapore as an assistant professor to work at Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was promoted to associate professor in 2006. He came back to work at UQ Chemical Engineering School in 2011 as a professor and ARC Future Fellow.

George’s research program focuses on novel porous materials for energy and environmental applications. His research interests include microporous zeolite catalysts for hydrocarbon conversion, mesoporous adsorbents and catalysts for gas and water purification, three-dimensional macroporous photonic crystals, and porous carbon materials including graphene for batteries and supercapacitors. His current research focus is to develop advanced porous electrode materials for sustainable energy technology, including sodium-ion batteries, hybrid capacitors, and solid oxide fuel cells.

George has received awards and honours, including Mrozowski Award of the American Carbon Society, ARC Laureate Fellow and ARC Future Fellow, UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Research and Teaching Fellow, and Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2016 and 2018.

George will be presenting on megatrends in the area of material science and engineering at Chemeca.


Professor Kevin Galvin, Laureate Professor - University of Newcastle

Kevin Galvin is the inventor of the RefluxTM Classifier used in gravity separation of fine particles. With over 150 installations around the world, the technology has been used to beneficiate coal, iron ore, mineral sands, potash, chromite, and other base metal oxides. New innovative systems are emerging including the Reflux Flotation Cell through collaboration with FLSmidth. He has also been developing a novel agglomeration technology.

Kevin Galvin obtained his PhD from Imperial College and is a Laureate Professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and previous recipient of numerous awards including the Ian Wark Medal, the Clunies Ross Award, and recently the Antoine Gaudin Award in mineral processing. He is Director of the ARC Research Hub for Iron Ore, and Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport, which form part of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle.

Kevin will be presenting on crystallisation, particle and mineral processes at Chemeca.


Professor Ho Kyong Shon, Australia Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and the President of the Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA) - University of Technology Sydney

Professor Ho Kyong Shon is an Australia Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and the President of the Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA) at the University of Technology Sydney. He specializes in understanding physico-chemical water treatment processes in water, wastewater and seawater.

His recent research career focuses on studying resources recovery from water and wastewater, emerging membrane technology such as forward osmosis and membrane distillation from membrane fabrication and application for desalination and water purification.

He has coauthored 1 FO book, 20 book chapters and numerous journal publications with over 8200 citations and 46 h-index and several international/domestic awards over the last 20 years.

Professor Ho Kyong Shon will give a presentation on his resources recovery using membrane technology at Chemeca.


Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Head of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Priority Research Centre for Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation - University of Newcastle

Behdad Moghtaderi is a Professor of Chemical Engineering, Head of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Priority Research Centre for Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation at the University of Newcastle (Australia). He received his PhD and MES degrees from the University of Sydney in 1997 and 1994, respectively and his bachelor degree from Shiraz University in 1989.

The underlying theme of Behdad’s research is “Thermo-Fluid Engineering” encompassing applications in the general field of energy and the environment. The focus of his research is the energy and water nexus with a particular emphasis on development of technologies suitable for direct/indirect minimisation of greenhouse emissions in application areas, such as: Ventilation Air Methane (VAM), renewable energy systems (geothermal power, solar thermal, biomass utilisation), advanced low emission coal technologies (e.g. oxy-fuel, chemical looping combustion, chemical looping air separation), hydrogen powered micro-energy systems, and energy efficiency and energy efficient water generation.

Behdad has published in excess of 370 scholarly articles in international journals, and conferences, authored three books and holds six patents (H-Index 36). Behdad is a co-inventor of the GRANEXTM heat engine which is being marketed internationally by Granite Power Pty Ltd.

Since joining the University of Newcastle in 1999 Behdad has attracted in excess of $53M research funding predominately from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Industry.

Behdad is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and the Australian Institute of Energy (FAIE), and the former Honorary Secretary of the Combustion Institute (Australia and New Zealand Section). He also serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals in the field of energy. Behdad has been the recipient of numerous awards for his research / inventions. The most recent are:

  • The ExxonMobil Award of Excellence in Chemical Engineering (IChemE), for the Establishment of the World's First Large-Scale Testing Facility for the Assessment of Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) Abatement Systems at the Londonderry Testsafe Facility, 2018.

  • Good Design Australia Award (Engineering Category) for establishing “The World's First Large-Scale Testing Facility for Assessment of Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) Abatement Systems, May 2018.

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Professor Anthony Gordon (Tony) Fane - UNSW

Tony Fane is a Chemical Engineer working on membranes since 1973. His interests are in membranes applied to environmental applications and the water cycle. He is former Director UNESCO Centre for Membranes at the University of New South Wales, former Head of Chemical Engineering and now Emeritus Professor at UNSW.

Since 2002 he has directed membrane research in Singapore as Temasek Professor (2002-2006) at Nanyang Technological University, and since 2008 as Founding Director of the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) at NTU. He is now Visiting Professor at SMTC. He is on the Advisory Boards of the Journal of Membrane Science (former editor) and Desalination. He is FIChemE, Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science & Engineering and Patron of the Membrane Society of Australasia. He received the IWA Membrane Technology Award in 2013 and was joint recipient of the Prince Sultan International Alternative Water Prize in 2016.

Tony will be presenting on water and wastewater management and processes at Chemeca.


Professor Baohua Jia, Research Leader - Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Baohua Jia is a full professor and Research Leader at Swinburne University of Technology. She received her BSc and MSc degrees from Nankai University, China. She was awarded a PhD (2007) from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. She is now the President for Australia-China Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Association.

Dr Jia’s research focuses on ultrafast laser imaging, spectroscopy and nanofabrication of novel photonic nanostructures and employment of nanostructures and nanomaterials for clean energy related research.

Dr. Jia has co-authored more than 200 scientific publications in highly ranked journals and prestigious international conferences including Nature Photonics, Advanced Materials and Nano Letters. She has delivered more than 40 invited talks at prestigious international conferences and serves multiples professional committees. She has received numerous prizes and awards, with the most recent ones including the 2015 Significant Women in Australia, 2013 Young Tall Poppy Science Award, 2012 L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand for Women in Science Fellowship, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (2012), Vice-Chancellor's Industry Engagement Award (2011), Victoria Fellowship from the Victorian Government (2010).


Professor George Franks - University of Melbourne

George Franks is a Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He completed his undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT in 1985. He worked for seven years in the ceramics industry and completed his PhD in Materials in 1997 at UCSB then moved to Australia.

His research includes suspension rheology, ceramic powder processing, materials modelling and minerals processing. His work in materials engineering relates to processing complex shaped ceramics and composites with unique microstructures such as multi-scale porous ceramics. Research in defence includes ultra-high temperature ceramics for aerospace applications and light weight ceramic armour. His work in minerals processing relates to development and application of novel polymeric reagents in solid/liquid separation and froth flotation.

Franks is a member of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre and the Defence Materials Technology Centre. He has 120 papers in international peer reviewed journals, 6 book chapters and four patents with 3700 citations and h-index = 32 He is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and Editor of Advanced Powder Technology. Franks will talk on 3D printing of multiscale porous ceramic materials at Chemeca 2019.

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Professor Fariba Dehghani, Director of Centre for Advanced Food Engonomics - The University of Sydney

Professor Fariba Dehghani is currently the director of Centre for Advanced Food Enginomics and a former director of an ARC Food Processing Training Centre in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney.  She was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of the nation's top 50 Engineers for innovation and subsequently received the 2017 Award for Excellence from Aust&NZ Federation of Chemical Engineering. Her research team in collaboration with industry have worked together to provide pragmatic, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable solutions to a diverse range of issues, with the aim of improving human wellbeing.

After completion of her PhD degree at UNSW, she received prestigious ARC Postdoctoral fellowship and continued working at UNSW as a senior research fellow and senior lecturer. She made considerable contribution and played a major role in establishment of a R&D Company with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Facility. Some of the technologies she developed during this period sub-licensed to industries.

Since she joined the University of Sydney in 2016, she has established a state-of-the-art bioengineering laboratory that enables multidisciplinary research collaboration. She actively seeks opportunities for her research team to build partnerships with industry and promotes entrepreneurial engagement. As a result, members of her research team have established four start-up companies during the past five years. During her career, she has published nearly 300 papers and attracted more than $12 M over the past seven years from competitive grant agencies. Fariba will present ‘Sustainability in Producing Future Foods with Health Benefits’ at Chemeca.


Ken Rivers, President - IChemE


Ken Rivers has over 35 years experience of the international downstream oil industry with Shell. He has recently returned from New Zealand where he was CEO of Refining NZ, a publicly listed company operating the country’s only oil refinery. He was previously responsible for Shell’s refining and petrochemical operations in the UK. He is a past President of UK Petroleum Industry Association. He has extensive commercial board level experience as well as national industry groups and community boards. He has now embarked on the non executive phase of his career and building a portfolio of non executive directorships.

Ken has a passion for safety. He chaired a joint industry/regulator task force in the wake of the Buncefield terminal explosion and was a founding member of the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum in New Zealand. Since returning to the UK, Ken has been appointed chair of the COMAH Strategic Forum tasked with improving the effectiveness of major hazard legislation and comprising both the regulatory authorities and the Oil & Chemical industries. He has recently been asked to chair the Midstream Oil Sector Government and Industry Task Force which will consider ways of improving the resilience and viability of the UK refining and fuel import sectors following the recent government review.

Ken studied chemical engineering at Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors in both UK and New Zealand. His earlier work experience included refinery operations , supply planning and technology management in Shell refineries coupled with Central Office roles in strategy, product quality development and oil supply. He has extensive international experience, which includes assignments in New Zealand, Netherlands and Malaysia.

Ken is an Honorary Fellow of NorthTec - Tai Tokerau Wananga for services to the wider New Zealand community. Ken will present ‘The Systems Thinking of Chemical Engineers’ at Chemeca.


Jon Prichard, Chief Executive - IChemE

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In 2001, after 20 years in the British Army, Jon joined the staff of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He served initially as Membership Director and then as Technical Director. In 2007, he joined the construction consultancy High-Point Rendel as Resources Director and then in August 2010 took over as CEO of the Engineering Council. Whilst at the Engineering Council, Jon was also a Director of FEANI (Federation of European National Engineering Associations) and a Non-Executive Director of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Jon joined IChemE as Chief Executive in early 2017. During his first year at IChemE, he initiated a 3-year plan to implement the Institution's Strategy 2022 that had been developed prior to his arrival, whilst supporting a fundamental review of governance and developing improvements to the member engagement structure. He seeks to ensure that the reputation of professional chemical engineers and technicians is enhanced and maintained through the delivery of a globally recognised qualification structure and a relevant and vibrant learned society.

Jon is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Royal Engineers. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment and a Fellow Chartered Engineer with the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers. In August 2018, Jon was also nominated by IChemE to join the Board of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers. Jon will present ‘The development of standards: product; process; people’ at Chemeca.


Kevin Peakman, Head Of Engineering - Alternative Energy Solutions - BOC

Kevin is an honours graduate in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London University.

Kevin is responsible for developing BOC's alternative energy technology including designing and building BOC's two micro LNG plants, the LNG distribution and supply chain equipment and LNG Fuel Dispensing Systems. He has Programme Managed the deployment of this technology to support the development of BOC's LNG business in the energy and transportation industries.

Kevin is currently working on developing BOC's hydrogen fuel chain supply network to support the imminent roll out of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles. This includes the development of different hydrogen production technologies, distribution options and hydrogen refuelling.

Prior to joining BOC Australia in 2003, Kevin had 20 years’ experience in the Chemical industry. The majority of his experience has been with BOC in the UK and ICI in Australia where he held various senior roles in Technology and Operations management. He also worked for Johnson Matthey where he was responsible for a range of projects in developing Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Fuel Cell components and Hydrogen production for large international automotive companies including GM, Daimler and Nissan as an alternative fuel for the automotive market. Kevin will present ‘BOC's hydrogen refueller project in Brisbane. at Chemeca 2019.


Dr David Pinson, Senior Technology and Development Engineer, Iron & Steelmaking Technology - Bluescope

Dr Pinson has worked on projects for the ironmaking industry for more than 20 years dominated by large-scale multiphase particulate processes. He completed his experimental PhD study of powder flow in irrigated backed beds as applied in pulverised coal injection into the ironmaking blast furnace. Subsequently pursing granular structure and mechanics both experimentally and via discrete particle simulation methods. After joining BlueScope Steel Research (then BHP Steel) in 2003, he applied his knowledge of granular processes to industrial problems within primary ironmaking. As the technical roles within BlueScope have evolved, he has continued a close association with collaborative research with academic partners across granular mechanics, transport phenomena and by-product recycling. Dr Pinson will discuss ‘Assessment of Carbon Bed Exotherms or “Hotspots” in Activated Carbon in Waste Gas Cleaning Plant in Steel Production’ at Chemeca 2019.


RACI Industrial Chemistry Division - Commercialisation of New Technologies in Australia & Internationally


Professor Suresh Bhargava - RMIT University

Distinguished Professor Suresh Bhargava is a world-renowned interdisciplinary scientist who is recognised for delivering research excellence that underpins significant industrial applications. His journal articles that number over 465 have been cited over 13,100 times. Out of his seven patents, five have gone to industries or licensed to commercialisation. Quoted as being among the top 1% world scientists in the resource sector, Professor Bhargava provides consultancy and advisory services to many government and industrial bodies around the world including BHP Billiton, Alcoa World Alumina, Rio Tinto and Mobil Exxon. He has been recognised through many prestigious national and international awards. Professor Bhargava ‘s presentation is ‘Me to We: The Power of Collective Intelligence to Translate Knowledge into Innovation’.


Professor Thomas Maschmeyer - University of Sydney

Thomas is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. He was elected youngest Foreign Member of the Academia Europea, and holds Fellowships of the Australian Academy of Sciences, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Royal Society of NSW.

He is Founding Chairman of Gelion Technologies (batteries), co-founder of Licella Holdings (bio- and plastic waste conversions) and of Avantium (bio-plastics, high-speed experimentation).

He authored 320+ publications, including 26 patents. He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of ten international journals and received many awards, including the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science (2018) – Australia’s “Science Oscar”; the RACI R. K. Murphy Medal for Industrial Chemistry (2018); the RACI Weickhardt Medal for Economic Contributions (2012); the RACI Applied Research Award (2011) and the Le Févre Prize of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2007). Professor Maschmeyer’s presentation is ‘Innovation & Commercialisation of Sustainable Technology: Creating our Future’.


Dr Andrew Jones - registered Trans-Tasman Patent and Trade Mark Attorney

Andrew is a registered Trans-Tasman Patent and Trade Mark Attorney with just under 18 years’ experience.  He spent over 10 years at one of Australia's top-tier IP law firms before deciding to spread his entrepreneurial wings and found Foundry Intellectual Property in 2013.  Before becoming a patent attorney, Andrew was a researcher in the medicinal inorganic chemistry field.  Since then, however, his practice has evolved to focus on obtaining patents for industrial and applied chemistry related technologies.  Andrew loves nothing more than seeing an invention be successfully commercialised. Dr Jones’ presentation is ‘Patents and the role they play in commercialisation’.