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.
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 rheology (flow behaviour) 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 multi scale 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 multiscale materials microstructure-property models using Density Functional Theory, Lattice Monte Carlo and Finite Elements Analysis modelling techniques.
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In situ study of aggregate sizes formed in chalcopyrite-quartz mixture using temperature-r..
3d Printing Of High Strength-To-Weight Ratio Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics (Uhtcs) With ..
A review of temperature-responsive polymers as novel reagents for solid liquid separation ..
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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..
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
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