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Professor Galvin (right) receiving the Antoine M. Gaudin Award from Dr Osvaldo Bascur. Photo: University of Newcastle

Newcastle Professor 5th Aussie to receive prestigious award

University of Newcastle Laureate Professor, Kevin Galvin, was this week presented with the prestigious Antoine M. Gaudin Award for scientific and engineering contributions, and is only the fifth Australian to receive the award in its 42-year history.

The award focuses on academic work that furthers understanding of the technology of mineral processing, and Galvin was recognised “for advancements in the science and engineering of innovative systems for coal and mineral beneficiation”.

Galvin, who is based at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), created the award-winning Reflux Classifier, a technology that has been credited with saving the global mining and minerals processing industry hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Reflux Classifier technology, developed in collaboration with commercial partners Ludowici and FLSmidth, is an industrial machine that “separates fine particles in water using a system of inclined channels to recover valuable material, generating both environmental and cost benefits”.

The award also recognised Galvin’s other innovative systems, including the Reflux Flotation Cell, which is in the process of being commercialised.

Galvin is the director of the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport, and the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore.

As the latest award recipient, Galvin presented a plenary lecture at the annual meeting of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration in Minneapolis in the US.

Professor Galvin’s colleague, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, received the award in 2012.

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