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Dr Wei Chen

Dr Wei Chen

Research Associate

PhD, BE

Dr. Chen completed his Bachelor's Degree in Central South University, China majoring in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering. Dr Chen then worked as Project Engineer for China Lu An Group, the seventh largest coal mining group in China. In 2010, Dr Chen obtained his PhD in 2013, he is affiliated with TUNRA Bulk Solids. Dr Chen has had considerable research and industrial consulting experience relating to granular materials research and other interdisciplinary fields. His research interests include Bulk Solids Flow Properties, Pneumatic Conveying, Applied Discrete Element Modelling, Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics, Image Processing & Computer Vision and Geo-mechanical Applications.

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Dr Wei Chen
Dr Jie Guo

Dr Jie Guo

Research Associate

PhD, BE(Met)

Dr Jie Guo completed a bachelor degree in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering and later her PhD degree under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts at the UoN. Dr Guo continues her research career with Newcastle University and is affiliated with TUNRA Bulk Solids. Previously Dr Guo was employed by Jord International as an Applications Engineer.

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Dr Jie Guo
Dr Simon Iveson

Dr Simon Iveson

Research Associate

PhD, BE (1st Class Hons) – University Medal, Grad Dip Christian Studies

Dr Iveson’s PhD involved developing a wet-powder granulation/agglomeration regime map for predicting granule growth behaviour, relevant to a wide range of industries including minerals processing, pharmaceutical, detergents and agricultural products. He has also worked in the Centre for Multiphase Processes (UoN), continuing his focus on granulation, including research on fine iron ore pelletisation and liquid absorption into porous iron ore particles. Dr Iveson is currently focused on laboratory, pilot and full-scale trials of the REFLUX™ Classifier technology.

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Dr Simon Iveson
Dr Xinliang Liu

Dr Xinliang Liu

Research Associate

PhD, BE

Dr Liu completed his Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate in University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China majoring in Metallurgical Engineering. He then worked for Hebei Iron and Steel Group, the largest ironmaking and steelmaking group in China. In 2016, he joined the Iron Ore Hub with a research focus on properties and end-use of iron ores, including Reduction Disintegration, Sticking in COREX Shaft Furnace, Softening and Melting Behaviour, High Temperature Interaction, Primary Slag Formation Behaviour, Optimization of Blast Furnace Burdens

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Dr Xinliang Liu
Dr Subhasish Mitra

Dr Subhasish Mitra

Research Associate

PhD, MTech, BTech

Dr Mitra's research interests encompass complex multiphase flow systems specifically interfacial flow problems involving droplet and bubble dynamics. Dr Mitra's work utilises high speed imaging to capture the small scale interaction dynamics, thermal imaging for temperature measurement, and particle image velocimetry (PIV) for liquid phase velocity measurement; and computational modelling of these interactions using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and discrete element method (DEM) approach.



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Dr Subhasish Mitra
Dr James Zhou

Dr James Zhou

Research Associate

PhD, BE

Dr Zhou has worked for several organizations, including Monash University and Adelaide University, CSIRO. His early research interests covered suspension Rheology and Rheological measurements at high temperature and utilization of fluidization technology. His recent research involves the gravity separation of various minerals, including iron ore using REFLUX™ Classifier technology. Currently, his main focus is the dry beneficiation of fine iron ore using new, novel technologies.

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Dr James Zhou

Earlier this year researchers from the ARC Iron Ore Hub together with industrial partners visited Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation in Japan. The visit was an opportunity to present recent r..

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