George Franks is Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He is the leader of the Ceramics and Minerals Processing Group (https://chemical.eng.unimelb.edu.au/ceramics/).
Research interests focus on the innovative application of controlled particle interactions to develop new processes for mineral processing and advanced ceramics materials.
He has fundamental interests in nano-scale interactions and how to control them via surface and colloid chemistry .
Understanding the factors that influence suspension flow behaviour (rheology) and fracture are studied in order to develop applications in mineral flotation and tailings disposal and near net shape ceramic component fabrication. In mineral processing flocculation and flotation are prime interests as areas to improve the sustainable use of water and improve recovery of valuable minerals. In addition to developing processes for producing complex shaped ceramic components, processing to produce hierarchical porous ceramics is a strength. Several projects relate to difficult to densify ceramics such as ultra high temperature ceramics for aerospace applications and for personal protective armour systems in defence applications. Recently inks for 3D printing ceramics have been developed. In addition, he is developing multi-scale materials microstructure-property models using Density Functional Theory, Lattice Monte Carlo and Finite Elements Analysis modelling techniques.
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Direct ink writing of hierarchical porous alumina-stabilized emulsions: Rheology and print..
ARC Centre Of Excellence For Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation Of Minerals
Internal Research Grant
Development of a method for determining the maximum van der Waals force to analyze dispers..
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3D printing of clay for decorative architectural applications: Effect of solids volume fraction on rheology and printability
SSL Chan, RM Pennings, L Edwards, GV Franks
Journal article | 2020 | Additive Manufacturing
The effect of varying the solids volume fraction of an aqueous clay paste suspension on its printability via an Additive Manufactu..
Development of a method for determining the maximum van der Waals force to analyze dispersion and aggregation of particles in a suspension
K Kushimoto, S Ishihara, S Pinches, ML Sesso, SP Usher, GV Franks, J Kano
Journal article | 2020 | Advanced Powder Technology
A new method for determining the maximum value of the van der Waals force, Fv,max, has been developed to analyze the dispersion an..
Temperature-induced self-assembly and metal-ion stabilization of histidine functional block copolymers
Emma RL Brisson, James C Griffith, Ayana Bhaskaran, George Franks, Luke A Connal
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Histidine functional block copolymers are thermally self‐assembled into polymer micelles with poly‐N‐isopropylacrylamide in the co..
Freeze casting for near-net-shaping of dense zirconium diboride ceramics
Silvia Leo, Laura Jukes, Samuel Pinches, Carolina Tallon, George V Franks
Journal article | 2018 | JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY
Zirconium diboride (ZrB2) was formed into dense complex shapes using freeze casting as a near-net-shaping technique. Aqueous-based..
Tuneable collector/depressant behaviour of xanthate-functional temperature-responsive polymers in the flotation of copper sulfide: Effect of shear and temperature
Wei Sung Ng, Lonn Cooper, Luke A Connal, Elizaveta Forbes, Graeme J Jameson, George V Franks
Journal article | 2018 | Minerals Engineering
The surface chemistry of sapphire-c: A literature review and a study on various factors influencing its IEP
J Luetzenkirchen, GV Franks, M Plaschke, R Zimmermann, F Heberling, A Abdelmonem, GK Darbha, D Schild, A Filby, P Eng, JG Catalano, J Rosenqvist, T Preocanin, T Aytug, D Zhang, Y Gan, B Braunschweig
Journal article | 2018 | Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
Colloidal processing: enabling complex shaped ceramics with unique multiscale structures
George V Franks, Carolina Tallon, Andre R Studart, Mitchell L Sesso, Silvia Leo
Journal article | 2017 | JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY
Colloidal processing of fine ceramic powders enables the production of complex shaped ceramics with unique micro and macro structu..
A Novel Multi-Scale Modeling Approach for Determining the Bulk Properties of Difficult-to-Characterise Composites
TR FINLAYSON, PJ Mignone, M Wang, MP Echlin, A Mottura, TM Pollack, DP Riley, GV Franks
Conference Proceedings | 2013 | Proceedings of the 37th Annual A&NZIP Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting
Recent investigations of nickel laterite agglomeration for enhanced heap leaching
J Addai-Mensah, A Nosrati, I Quaicoe, GV Franks, L Liu, DJ Robinson
Conference Proceedings | 2012 | 26th International Mineral Processing Congress, IMPC 2012: Innovative Processing for Sustainable Growth - Conference Proceedings
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
CRC Award for Excellence in Innovation 2015, Light weight boron carbide personal armour, (Franks was part of a team)
National Industry Innovation Award of Land Defence Australia, Light weight boron carbide personal armour, (Franks was part of a team)
R & D 100 Award (1991) for developing zirconia-silicon nitride composite with tailored coefficient of thermal expansion for electronic packaging appli
H. Kent Bowen Extra Mile Award (1990) for ;going the extra mile; in performing my responsibilities as a development engineer at Ceramic Process System
Kathlyn Langford Wolfe Award (1985) for excellence in combining research in Materials Science with Humanities. The Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Ececutive Editor And Advisory Board
Advanced Powder Technology
Society of Rheology, USA
International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists
Australasian Ceramic Society
Member Australian Particle Technology Society
Institution of Engineers Australia
American Ceramic Society
Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Engineering)
University of California - Santa Barbara
Bachelor of Science (Materials Science and Engineering)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology