Invited Talks

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Kwade is the Head of the Institute for Particle Technology of the Technical University of Brunswick.  His research activities are on production, tailoring, formulation of nano and micron-sized particles and their use for the design of structured products like battery electrodes, pharmaceutical active ingredients and nano-composites.  He is the Chairman of the EFCE Working Party on Comminution and Classification and has extensive collaborations worldwide.

Dr Juhnke is process engineer graduated in 1997 from Cologne University of Applied Sciences (BSc) and 2000 from Clausthal University of Technology (MSc). He continued with a PhD in particle technology and graduated in 2006 from Clausthal University of Technology.  He then joined Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland, in the Technical R&D department. He is currently Senior Fellow and responsible for the process development of engineered drug particles for oral, parenteral and respiratory applications from pre-clinical to production scale.

From a physics background, Prof. Powell worked at Mintek, then established the comminution research and consulting groups at the University of Cape Town. He took up the Chair in sustainable comminution in the University of Queensland in 2007.  He has founded the Anglo American Centre for Sustainable Comminution and formed the Global Comminution Collaborative (GCC) of six University world-leading groups providing a comprehensive worldwide process optimisation team.

He aims to link fundamental research into applied outputs through the development of mechanistically correct but practical and robust process models.  Interests cover liner design, SAG mill modelling and control, the unified comminution model (UCM), ore characterisation, flexible circuits and application of novel processes to reducing the environmental impact of mining.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mainza is the Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town (UCT). He graduated from UCT with a PhD in 2006. He has 18 years of collective experience in academia, research and industry. He is the Deputy Director and Head of Comminution and Classification Research in the Centre for Minerals Research, which is a large multi-disciplinary research centre. His research areas include comminution and classification and uses Discrete Element Method (DEM), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) as tools in his modelling methods. He has participated in many local and international research projects and has worked on numerous comminution circuit design and optimisation projects.

Dr Liu joined the University of Surrey in May 2016 as the research centre manager at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. Dr Liu obtained her PhD from the University of Queensland in Australia in 1991 and worked in Carrier Transicold in Singapore for three years after her PhD.  She then moved back to the University of Queensland and spent most of her academic career in the same University before moving to the University of Surrey.

Dr Liu’s research expertise is in particle technology, ranging from comminution (particle breakage process) to granulation process (particle size enlargement process) as well as bulk powder flow and compaction. She has worked with a wide range of industries such as minerals, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries.

Steffen Sander studied process engineering/mineral processing at the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology. He continued to do research on the comminution of metals and received his Dr.-Ing. in 2002.

After 10 years in different R&D related functions in the paper industry, during which his main focus was on paper making and paper coating technology, he joined HOSOKAWA ALPINE Aktiengesellschaft in February 2012. He is currently Head of R&D of the Powder and Particle Processing business segment of HOSOKAWA ALPINE Aktiengesellschaft with a strong focus on size reduction and classification for all kind of applications.

The research interests of Wolfgang Peukert focus on key aspects of particle science and technology with special emphasis on formulation of functional particle systems. He is seeking for unifying principles in the design of particulate products in combination with modelling and optimization strategies. He uses methods from interface science and engineering for tailoring particle interactions, colloidal stabilization and ultimately particle properties. His activities include comprehensive particle characterization for size, shape, surface and functional properties. Recent progress in micro- and nanomechanical particle characterization coupled to size reduction at the nanoscale opens new pathways for scalable production of 2D materials such as graphene, particle shape control in mills and the formulation of pharmaceuticals,. He likes to work in interdisciplinary teams, his motto is: Innovation occurs at the interfaces.

Dr Heng is Reader in Particle Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London and currently an EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Fellow. He received his PhD from Imperial College (2006) and his BEng from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2002). His research interests are in developing approaches to control nucleation and crystallisation of small molecule organic organic solids (polymorphism), studying the role of surface properties in processability and manufacturability of powders, including the effect of processing on powder properties, and developing methods to experimentally measure powder surface energy heterogeneity and models to determine surface energy distributions.

Prof. Tavares holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1988), a Master´s degree in Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1991) and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah (1997). He is Professor of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Head of the Laboratory of Mineral Technology of the Graduate School of Engineering (COPPE). He has experience in Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, with emphasis on Mineral Processing, working mainly in the topics of modelling and simulation of comminution and mineral concentration processes and fundamentals of particle breakage. He is a founding member of the Global Comminution Collaborative, has been a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals, including International Journal of Mineral Processing, Minerals, Heliyon and KONA Powder and Particle.  He has presented invited keynote lectures in twelve countries and has been the principal investigators in more than 100 projects.