Livestream - 9th Annual Jameson Distinguished Lecture
Development of a Pyroprocessing Technology to address Global Challenges for Minerals Processing
About this event
There are many challenges in society to reduce CO2 emissions to limit the rise of global temperature to less than 1.4 degrees. This challenge is most difficult for minerals processing where combustion of fossil fuels has been the basis of processes and products from the beginning of recorded history.
This presentation is a short history of a small Australian company, Calix, which began its the journey in 2005, with the idea that there are advantages in processing mineral carbonate powders such as limestone using indirect heating of a reactor so the CO2 stream from carbonate calcination is a pure gas which can be readily sequestered, and any fuel used to provide heat. Successful demonstration has been accomplished and the process is being scaled up for the production of lime, cement and magnesia.
That was the beginning of adaptation of the Calix process for general flash pyroprocessing leading to processing high value minerals, such as spodumene for lithium batteries, and battery materials of anodes and cathodes, aluminium and steel. In sum, Calix has developed alternative pyroprocesses for mineral beneficiation which are well adapted to a sustainable low emissions future powered by hydrogen or renewable power. Mars is for quitters!
The speaker Dr Mark Sceats is a physical chemist with 50 years’ experience. Mark is the Chief Scientist and an Executive Director of Calix and a Director of the LEILAC Group in Europe developing breakthrough carbon capture technology.
Dr Mark Sceats
Mark previously worked at the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago, and as an Assistant Professor of the University of Rochester NY, USA, where he was awarded the
Alfred P Sloan Fellowship for his work.
Later he was employed by the University of Sydney as a Reader in the School of Chemistry for his research work on chemical reaction kinetics. He led the Australian Photonics CRC from 1992-2004. He founded Calix Limited in 2004 to develop a simple idea – a new type of kiln for pyro-processing.
Mark has published more than 145 academic papers in physical chemistry and is an inventor of over 45 patented inventions. Mark was awarded the M.A. Sargent Medal of the Institute of Engineers Australia for his contributions to optical communications, and the Centenary Medal of the Commonwealth of Australia for his contributions to Australian society. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and a Companion of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
Mark is the Chief Scientist and an Executive Director of Calix and a Director of the LEILAC Group in Europe developing breakthrough carbon capture technology.
Date and Time
6.30pm – 7.30pm (UTC+10:00)