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Prof

George Franks

Professor
science & technology
technology
physical sciences
chemistry
chemistry, physical
materials science
engineering
engineering, chemical
materials science, ceramics
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Prof

George Franks

 
Division
Engineering
 
Primary Interest
Materials
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Prof

George Franks

 

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.

Projects

Displaying the 34 most recent projects by George Franks.

34

Projects

Project Types


16

Research Grant


13

Research Contracts


5

Internal Research Grant


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 167 most recent scholarly works by George Franks.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2015

CRC Award for Excellence in Innovation 2015, Light weight boron carbide personal armour, (Franks was part of a team)

CRC Association

2014

National Industry Innovation Award of Land Defence Australia, Light weight boron carbide personal armour, (Franks was part of a team)

Land Defence Australia

1991

R & D 100 Award (1991) for developing zirconia-silicon nitride composite with tailored coefficient of thermal expansion for electronic packaging appli

R&D Magazine

1990

H. Kent Bowen Extra Mile Award (1990) for ;going the extra mile; in performing my responsibilities as a development engineer at Ceramic Process System

Ceramic Process Systems Inc

1985

Kathlyn Langford Wolfe Award (1985) for excellence in combining research in Materials Science with Humanities. The Massachusetts Institute of Technolo

MIT

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Professor

Chemical Engineering

Ececutive Editor And Advisory Board

Advanced Powder Technology

Member

Society of Rheology, USA

Member

International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists

Member

Australasian Ceramic Society

Member Australian Particle Technology Society

Institution of Engineers Australia

Associate Editor

American Ceramic Society

Education


Doctor of Philosophy (Materials Engineering)

University of California - Santa Barbara

Bachelor of Science (Materials Science and Engineering)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology