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Leanne Matthews

Leanne Matthews

Senior Research Technician

AssDip Chem Tech

Leanne has worked in the field of iron ore and sinter research for 25 years with both BHP Billiton and the UON.  Leanne has extensive experience in iron ore and sinter mineralogy, including sample preparation, optical microscopy and iron ore classification schemes.  She has worked on numerous programs using an array of laboratory experimental techniques and equipment for evaluating the influence of material properties in sintering of iron ore.  Leanne is also skilled in image analysis, micro indentation and copper sulphide mineralogy.

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Leanne Matthews
Gareth Penny

Gareth Penny

Senior Research Technician

Dip Indust Chem

Gareth has 31 years’ experience with the CIMR group at the UON and previously 24 years with BHP Billiton in the field of carbon steel raw materials handling and analysis including the early evaluations on the Yandi and MAC ore bodies. This includes experience in pilot scale evaluation of iron ore and manganese sinter, pilot scale coke making, granulation of ore mixes and bed permeability along with mineralogy and phase identification including all aspects of sample preparation for reflected light microscopy. Image analysis evaluates porosity, pore shapes and phases though iron ores and coke. Gareth also has experience in Ferrous Burden evaluation including high temperature Softening and Melting, Reduction Index and Reduction and Degradation tests.

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Gareth Penny
Anthony Price

Anthony Price

Research and Pilot Plant Engineer

BE (Hons)

Anthony has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the UON. Since graduation, Anthony has worked at NIER on the improvement and implementation of various beneficiation processes including gravity separation, size separation, flotation and agglomeration. Currently, Anthony’s main area of research support is in the ultrafine and dry beneficiation iron ore areas.

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Anthony Price

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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