Metallurgy is a key enabler of a circular economy (CE), its digitalization is the metallurgical Internet of Things (m-IoT). In short: Metallurgy is at the heart of a CE, as metals all have strong intrinsic recycling potentials.
Process metallurgy, as a key enabler for a CE, will help much to deliver its goals. The first-principles models of process engineering help quantify the resource efficiency (RE) of the CE system, connecting all stakeholders via digitalization. This provides well-argued and first-principles environmental information to empower a tax paying consumer society, policy, legislators, and environmentalists. It provides the details of capital expenditure and operational expenditure estimates. Through this path, the opportunities and limits of a CE, recycling, and its technology can be estimated.
The course has the following objectives and outcomes:
The course is combining both classroom lectures as well as case studies and practical simulation with HSC SIM (www.outotec.com) and GaBi (www.thinkstep.com).
Systemic thinkers who want to understand Circular Economy Engineering in the context of process metallurgy, recycling and design for recycling will find this valuable. Therefore, metallurgical knowledge, process engineering as well as simulation interest would be valuable. Exposure to the economics of engineering systems will also help to develop the case studies in this course.
Education2015: Honorary Doctorate (Dr. h.c.) Université de Liège (Belgium)2006: Doctorate in Engineering (D.Eng.), Stellenbosch University (South Africa)1995: Dr. habil., RWTH Aachen (Germany)1991: PhD, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Industry2006-2015 Outotec & Ausmelt: Director Technology Management at Outotec Finland since 2010, after being Chief Executive Technologist of Ausmelt Australia (2006 up to 2010) when Outotec acquired Ausmelt1994-1996 Mintek: South Africa (managing furnace control group)1984-1985 Anglo American Corporation: South Africa (process metallurgist)
Academic (also co-current with industry career)2015 to present: Director Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology2015 to present: Honorary Professor at Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg2005 to present: Professor and now Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia (UoM)2012 to present: Adjunct Professor at Aalto University, Finland (Aalto)2012 to present: Guest Professor at Central South University, China (CSU)1996-2012: Professor and Emeritus at TU Delft, Netherlands (TUD)1997-2007: Adjunct Professor University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (US)
Recent Awards2016: TMS EPD Distinguished Lecture Award 20162015-2016: SME Henry Krumb Lecturer Award2015: Doctor honoris causa, Honorary Doctorate, University Liège, Belgium2014: 1st Prize Publication Award: International Solid Waste Association for “Handbook of Recycling”2014: TMS Science Award: Best paper in Metallurgical Transactions B (2013)2013: Outotec Technology Award - Awarded to individuals that enhance the commercial success of Outotec2013: Lead author of a 2nd report on recycling for United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP): Metal Recycling: Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure (over 400,000 downloads between Apr 2013 to Oct 2015)
Other>400 publications in books, encyclopaedias, journals and conference proceedingsMain author of the book “Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology” (Elsevier)Co-editor of and contributor to “Handbook of Recycling” (Elsevier)Editorial Board: Minerals Engineering (Elsevier), World of Metallurgy - Erzmetall, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy (Springer), Waste and Biomass Valorization (Springer)H-Factor: ISI 21; Scopus 22, Google Scholar 29