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MEI Online: People News: Africa: April 23rd 2002


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:: Mintek Appoints General Manager

Mintek has appointed Professor Francis Petersen, currently head of Chemical Engineering (and Acting Dean), at the Cape Technikon as General Manager of its Metallurgical Services.

Francis Petersen, M. Eng, Ph. D (Chemical Engineering), Pr. Eng, graduated from the University of Stellenbosch, and joined the Cape Technikon in 1992. He was promoted to Associate Director and Head of Chemical Engineering in 1995. He has produced 31 papers in international journals, 113 conference presentations, and supervised 20 post-graduate students.

In 1993 he was the recipient of the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Award for research excellence. In 1998 he was funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) on a study visit on technology transfer to Singapore. He also spent six months as visiting professor at Mintek in 1998. He is an established researcher who enjoys international recognition in the fields of hydrometallurgy and environmental processing, with a focus on precious metal recovery using novel technologies such as ion-exchange, bacterial leaching, and agglomeration notation.

Professor Petersen, who received the Researcher of the Year awards from the Cape Technikon in 1999, is an active member of various professional societies and committees, and he currently serves on a South African government commission investigating the treatment and disposal of mercury waste.




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