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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: September 9th 2004


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:: New Chief for CSIRO Minerals

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Geoff Garrett has announced the appointment of Dr Bart Follink as CSIRO Minerals' new Chief.

"Dr Follink brings a strong fundamental and applied science background to the Chief's position," said Dr Garrett. "He has experience in senior research and general management roles both in industry and the public sector."

Dr Follink's understanding of the fundamental science underpinning hydrometallurgical systems is particularly relevant to many of the challenges facing CSIRO Minerals' customers.

Dr Follink joins CSIRO following a 15-year career with one of the world's largest electronics companies - Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands - where he was, until recently, Senior Director, Advanced Technology. He was previously Head of Philips' Physical Chemistry Department and Senior Research Scientist with the company's research unit in Eindhoven.

His research interests at Philips ranged from electrochemistry and rechargeable battery management to electrowetting and quantum effect physics. While working for Philips, Dr Follink was seconded to work with Singapore's internationally respected Gintic Institute as its Surface Technology Group Manager. He also researched various mineral processing R&D topics during a Research Fellowship with the Ian Wark Research Institute at the University of South Australia.

"I enjoyed my time at the Ian Wark Research Institute and am glad to be back in Australia," Dr Follink said. "I am looking forward to working with the talented and enthusiastic staff at CSIRO Minerals to enhance the division's long and enviable reputation for producing great science in support of one of Australia's major industries," Dr Follink said.

Dr Follink was educated at Wageningen University in the Netherlands where he completed an MSc and a PhD in physical and colloid chemistry.




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