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Associate Professor Seher Ata

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Biography

Dr Seher Ata is an Associate Professor in the School of Minerals and Energy resources Engineering and conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Prior to joining UNSW, she was a Research Academic at the Centre for Multiphase Processes, the Newcastle University.

Ata has been actively involved in fundamental and applied research into multiphase, specifically froth flotation system. Her work covers all aspects of flotation research,...view more

Dr Seher Ata is an Associate Professor in the School of Minerals and Energy resources Engineering and conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Prior to joining UNSW, she was a Research Academic at the Centre for Multiphase Processes, the Newcastle University.

Ata has been actively involved in fundamental and applied research into multiphase, specifically froth flotation system. Her work covers all aspects of flotation research, both physical and chemical, from the research and development stage through to the application of research outcomes to the mineral industry, technology transfer, and flotation plant practice. She has been chief investigator on an ARC Centre of Excellence, an ARC Linkage and two ARC Discovery projects, an ARC LIF grant and several industrial projects supported primarily by mineral industry. In 2011, she was elected to the University of Newcastle’s Emerging Research Leadership Program based on her outstanding research outcomes. She is currently editorial board member of Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Journal and International Journal of Mining Science and Technology, and Member of Standards Australia Committee MN-001-02 (Coal Preparation). She is an active reviewer for competitive national and international grants and several high impact journals. Ata publishes widely and has recently been included in the  world's top 2% of Scientists List  in which is ranked #112 from more than 27,000 researchers  in the area of "Mining and Metallurgy".

 


My Grants

BHP Tailings Challenge, BHP

Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals, ARC Centre of Excellence

Review of the Current Australian Standards for Coal Flotation Testing- Phase 1, ACARP 

Review of the Current Australian Standards for Coal Flotation Testing- Phase 2, ACARP 

Effect of flotation water chemistry on coal chemistry, fluidity, and coke quality –Stage 1, ACARP 

Effect of flotation water chemistry on coal chemistry, fluidity, and coke quality – Stage 2, ACARP 

Effect of flotation water chemistry on coal chemistry, fluidity, and coke quality – Stage 3, ACARP 

Interfacial behaviour of non-ionic surfactants and dodecyl amine, ANSTO 

Particle-stabilised bubble and droplet interfaces, ARC DP 


My Qualifications

PhD in Chemical Engineering, The University of Newcastle, Australia

MSc in Mining Engineering, Hacettepe University, Turkey

BSc in Mining Engineering, Hacettepe University, Turkey

 


My Awards

Selected to the Emerging Research Leaders Program offered through the University of Newcastle in recognition of my research achievements.

Various travel grants including the Ian Potter Foundation’s Travel grant


My Research Activities

Dr Ata’s research interests are in mineral processing with specific focus on froth flotation, a separation technique widely used for treating of fine-size ores.  She has directly involved and managed a wide range of projects which have concentrated on bubble-particle interaction, froth phase behaviour in industrial flotation cells, recovery of particles in the froth phase, froth visualisation and the impact of water chemistry on the efficiency of coal processing plants. Her research has also included coalescence of oil drops and assembly of particles including nanoparticles at air-water and fluid interfaces, a process important for emulsions and bubble stabilisation.  More recently her research has focused on the role of not-frothing agents on bubble property, recovery of lithium from brines and tailing reprocessing. 

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

  1. Bubble formation in turbulent environment
  2. Bubble-particle interaction in turbulent environment
  3. Water quality effect on flotation
  4. Li harvesting from brines
  5. Foam/froth stability
  6. Flotation in saline water 
  7. Influence of particles (including nanoparticles) on bubble/emulsion stability
  8.  Resource recovery from space
  9. Tailings reprocessing

Currently supervising

  1. Yesenia Saavedra Moreno - Classification of flotation frothers based on foam stability, PhD
  2. Yueyi Pan- The effect of non-frothing agents on bubble size, PhD
  3. Feng Zheng - Influences of water quality on fine coal processing and coal thermoplastic properties, PhD
  4. Manivannan Selvaraju- Study on identifying the best suitable pyrite depressant for Gold-Copper flotation of Cadia East ore, Masters​​​​​​

My Engagement

Editorial board member:

  • Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Journal (Taylor & Francis) 
  • International Journal of Mining Science and Technology (Elsevier)Group leader 

Member of Standards Australia Committee MN-001-02 (Coal Preparation)


My Teaching

Minerals and Processing

Mineral processing 

 

 

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Location

School of Mining Engineering, Level 1, Old Main Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 7659

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