2004 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Short Courses—Smelter Grade Alumina From the Smelting Perspective

March 14–18 · 2004 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · Charlotte, North Carolina



James Metson graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington in 1980 and after a stint in Canada, joined the Department of Chemistry at The University of Auckland in 1985. He has since held positions as Director of the Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science, Acting Director of the Light Metals Research Centre during its formation and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) for the University.

His research work, has involved areas such as dry-scrubbing technology and studies of cell emissions, electrolyte chemistry and electrode reactivity. He was a TMS Light Metals award winner in 1994 and winner of the New Zealand 1995 Shell Prize for Industrial Chemistry. Dr Metson has presented more than 20 plenary or keynote lectures, has over 100 research publications and 60 technical reports, many dealing with applications in the aluminium industry

Margaret Hyland graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada in 1989, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland. She has carried out extensive research in aluminium smelting technology with primary interests in dry scrubbing and cell materials. She has presented a number of papers at the TMS Light Metals Conference and is the winner of 3 TMS Awards in Carbon and Reduction Technology in 1997 and 2000. Dr Hyland has published over 40 papers and over 60 technical reports, involving contracts with many of the major aluminium companies.

Mark Taylor graduated from Auckland University in 1984 with a PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering. His career with the Comalco organization spanned 18 years in a variety of research, technical and operational roles.

He commenced at the Comalco Research Centre in Melbourne, moving into plant management at New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, Tiwai, Invercargill. During this time, Dr. Taylor was the Implementation Manager for the $450m smelter upgrade and then Potroom Manager. Following this he managed the smelter for a six month period before moving into the role of General Manager Technical for the Comalco Group. Dr Taylor directed Comalco’s reduction research and development and provided technical support to Comalco’s 3 operational smelters. Mark was appointed General Manager Operations in 2000 to Comalco’s largest smelting operation, Boyne Smelters Ltd in Central Queensland.

Mark returned to the University of Auckland in January 2003 as the Director, Light Metals Research Centre and is engaged in light metals research and consulting globally. He has over forty publications.

Ivan Anich is currently General Manager Process Improvement, with Comalco Mining & Refining. Responsibilities include managing Comalco’s interests in the operations of Queensland Alumina and Eurallumina (Sardinia). Other responsibilities include the Mining & Refining research group, planning and processing of Weipa bauxite, technical support for bauxite and alumina sales and process aspects of the new Comalco Alumina Refinery (under construction). Before joining Comalco he spent 28 years with Alcoa in both operating and technology positions including 23 years in refinery roles. During his last five years with Alcoa Mr Anich was in the position of Alcoa World Alumina Technical Manager based in Perth. He is the inaugural chairman of the Alumina Technology Roadmap Implementation Committee (2001 – 04).

Barry Welch is in his 40th year of research and development associated with aluminum smelting technology. He has worked in the industry as well as consulting, directing research programs, and publishing extensively on aspects of smelter technology.

Alton Tabereaux is Manager of Process Technology, Alcoa Primary Metals. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alabama in 1971. He worked in Research and Development at Reynolds Metals Company for 26 years. He has become an acclaimed world leader in cell diagnostics and operations as well as being a regular contributor to TMS Light Metals. He teaches in the TMS Industrial Aluminum Electrolysis course as well as the international course on Process Metallurgy of Aluminum held in Norway each year. He has obtained 15 US patents and published over 50 technical papers.

Steve Lindsay is Manager of Process Technology, Alcoa Primary Metals. His expertise is in areas of Process Support Specialization, Raw Materials-Alumina, Alumina Logistics and Distribution Systems, and Dry Scrubbing Systems. He has 25 years of process control and managerial experience with Alcoa in Primary Metals. Since 1985, he has been an active TMS member and participated in TMS Conferences. He received a B.S. in chemical Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) in Potsdam, NY. In 1998 he received a M.A. in applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. Since 1990, he has been a lecturer for Alcoa Process Engineering Training Program. In 1991, he was a participant at the Aluminum Process Symposium at the University of Trondheim. Recently he was the Guest Lecturer for UNSW/AU Graduate Aluminium Process Technology Course at Portland Aluminium.


Sunday, March 14, 2004• 8:30am-5:00pm

Presented by:
James B Metson, Light Metals Research Centre, The University of Auckland
Margaret M. Hyland, Light Metals Research Centre, The University of Auckland
Mark P. Taylor, Light Metals Research Centre, The University of Auckland

with contributions by:
Alton Tabereaux, Manager Process Technology, Alcoa Primary Metals
Barry Welch, Light Metals Research Centre, University of Auckland and University of New South Wales
Ivan Anich, General Manager Process Improvement, Comalco Mining and Refining
Steve Lindsay, Manager Process Technology, Alcoa Primary Metals

Members $475, Non-members $560

Sponsored by:
TMS Light Metals Division

Who Should Attend:
This 1 day course is intended for managers, supervisors, engineers and scientists employed in either research or operations associated with aluminum smelting, as well as technical and management personnel in alumina refineries and smelter alumina Purchasing Officers.

Course Overview:
The course seeks to advance the understanding of the structure of smelter grade alumina, how the properties change with calcination and other production techniques. Lectures will examine the importance of various properties on cell operation including solubility, role and transport of impurities, changes in fines content during handling, the role of structure in emissions control, role in anode cover material, the relationship between structure and behavior in handling and in storage hoppers. It will also discuss the balance between the demands of dry scrubbing and smelter requirements. The course will be a blend of lectures, discussions and brief presentations from invited industrial specialists.

Other Short Courses:
Below is a list of the other short courses that are scheduled for the 2004 TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition:



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