The Organisers

HiTeMP-3 is proudly brought to you jointly by the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology, the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition (HILT) CRC, and Mission Innovation's Net Zero Industry (NZI) mission.

International steering committee

  • Chair: Prof Gus Nathan, Director, Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide

    Gus Nathan

    Professor Graham 'Gus' Nathan is the founding Director of the Centre for Energy Technology at the University of Adelaide. He is also Director of the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition (HILT) CRC.

    Professor Nathan is an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher, who specialises in thermal energy engineering in systems supplied by solar, geothermal and the combustion of fossil and bio-fuels. He also works with hydrogen, wind and wave power and his recent work has focused on novel approaches to integrate and optimise these different energy sources.

    He has played a leading role in the development of six patented technologies. He was principal leader of the Chief Design Team for the award winning fuel and combustion system for the Sydney Olympic Relay Torch and was co-inventor of the patented combustor that was subsequently also used in the torch and stadium flame for the Athens Games.

    Professor Nathan is Chair of the international steering committee and the local organising committee for HiTeMP-3.

  • Prof Geoff Brooks, School of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology

    Geoffrey Brooks

    Geoffrey Brooks has published over 200 papers on fundamental aspects of pyrometallurgy, including extensively on steelmaking, aluminium and magnesium. He has been invited to speak at many of the world’s leading Universities, including travelling fellowships to IIT Madras and Warwick University. Geoff is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Product Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. He has previously been an Associate Professor at McMaster University in Canada and a Senior Lecturer at University of Wollongong. Geoff won the AIST John Elliott Lectureship in 2013 and the TMS TMS EPD Distinguished Lecturer award for his contribution to the field. His PhD is from the University of Melbourne and he has degrees from RMIT and Swinburne University of Technology.

  • Dr David Cochrane, Technology Lead, South32

    David Cochrane

    Dr Cochrane is a respected and knowledgeable engineering professional with a 30-year career in the minerals industry(BHP/South32) in a variety of technology and operational leadership roles. Career highlights include positions in sustainable development, technology development, project studies & engineering, plant commissioning and operational management in a range of energy intensive and complex operations including; hot metal, direct reduction, gas processing, hydrometallurgical and alumina processing. In these roles Dr Cochrane has had considerable experience in the promotion and adoption of innovative technologies at scale and in resolving operating issues through applied research and solution development.

  • Prof Bassam Dally, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

    Bassam Dally

    Bassam Dally has more than 30 years’ experience in academia focusing on research and technology development of energy production and conversion. He has expertise in many related research topics including combustion, concentrated solar thermal, tidal power, mineral processing and hybridization. His current research is focused on developing cost-effective and innovative technologies that deliver carbon mitigation under the circular carbon economy approach. In particular, he is working on technology solutions to decarbonise heavy industries through flexible integration of alternative energy sources such as hydrogen and ammonia combustion, concentrated solar thermal and solar-combustion hybrids.

    Bassam is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and a member of the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC). He obtained his PhD in Combustion Science, from the University of Sydney in 1998 and in the same year he joined the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, where he served as Deputy Head of School from 2001-2010 and Head of School from 2010-14. In Adelaide, he helped to establish the Centre for Energy Technology, and served as Deputy Director from 2009-2020. Prof Dally has contributed scholarly publications to many research fields including combustion science, aerodynamics, heat transfer, applied optics, computational fluid dynamics, and renewable energy including wind, solar and tidal wave.  He published more than 200 journal papers in leading international journals, collaborates widely with many researchers from around the world and have jointly attracted ~$39M in funding from ARENA (4 projects) and ~$5M from the ARC (11 research grants).

  • Ms Ros DeGaris, Director, DeGaris Consulting Pty Ltd

    Ros DeGaris

    Ros is a passionate industrialist, who sees opportunities for sustainable communities through development and adaptation of technologies and regional advantage. With 35 years of industrial plant experience and lateral thought, Ros has seen industrial culture change to focus and include decisions that benefit a sustainable future of economic, environment and social benefit.

    Ros has wide experience in heavy manufacturing having worked extensively in process engineering on sites in metal smelting, refining, and cement and lime production introducing higher standards of quality, waste usage and extended producer solutions.

    Working outside the industrial site Ros has connected both public and government initiatives and values to industrial processes and opportunities, particularly engaging to facilitate an understanding between parties to gain a co-operative and beneficial relationship. Through her firm, DeGaris Consulting, and her involvement with industry, government and community boards and organisations Ros uses her experience, connections and facilitation skills to promote a sustainable future in energy, waste and environmental management.

  • Dr Alexander Fleischanderl, Head of ECO Solutions, Primetals

    Alexander Fleischanderl

    Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl joined Primetals Technologies Austria in 1997 (before SiemensVAI 2005-2014 and VAI 1997-2004).

    His current position is Technology Officer Upstream and Head of the Environmental Solutions Business at Primetals Technologies. He is a recognized expert for sustainable iron and steel production, covering waste gas cleaning, carbon footprint reduction, energy efficiency, by-product management, and waste water treatment.

    Before assuming his current post, Alexander held various positions within the company in technical sales, project management, and R&D for the environmental, steelmaking and long rolling business. He holds about 100 single patents and was honored as Siemens Inventor of the year 2013.

    Alexander started his career at Austrian Energy and Environment in Vienna as process engineer in the field of emission control and water treatment for waste incineration plants.
    He completed his Ph.D. in process engineering in 1997 in the field of advanced gas cleaning for municipal waste incineration plants at the Technical University in Graz, Austria.
    In 1994 he obtained his master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.

  • Mr Peter Haenke, Investment Manager, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

    Peter Haenke

    Peter is a mechanical and environmental engineer with over 30 years experience assisting organisations to identify and capture the opportunities in the transition to a low carbon economy.

    Throughout his career, Peter has gained perspectives from the corporate, consulting and government agency perspectives across a diverse range of sectors including the mining, manufacturing, property, transport and energy sectors in Australia and abroad. He brings these perspectives together to provide engineering and business insights to the challenges of rapid decarbonisation.

    Most recently at ARENA, Peter has provided technical and strategic guidance to ARENA for decarbonisation projects in sectors as diverse as: alumina refining, iron & steel production, food and beverage manufacturing, and aquatic centres, amongst others.

  • Prof Michele John, Sustainable Engineering Group, Curtin University

    Michele John

    Professor Michele John is the Director of the Sustainable Engineering Group (SEG), Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Her teaching and research encompasses a wide spectrum of disciplines including life cycle engineering, climate change, renewable energy,  waste management and sustainability education.

    Michele is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Recycling Journal since 2014.

    Michele’s research focus includes industrial ecology and the importance of sustainability measurement and the use of engineering technology in adapting our current production models to a lower carbon future with less environmental impact. In addition, her teaching and research investigates the stewardship values and governance models required to solve significant sustainable engineering challenges. Michele’s teaching programs include the development of multi and trans-disciplinary sustainability education and the development of sustainability leadership ethos and accountability.

  • Prof Willy Kracht, Head, Dept of Mining Engineering, University of Chile

    Willy Kracht

    Professor Willy Kracht is Head of the Department of Mining Engineering, at the University of Chile. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Minerals Engineering, principal researcher at the Advanced Mining Technology Center (AMTC), and associate researcher at the Solar Energy Research Center, SERC-Chile. Professor Kracht's areas of research interest include: the integration of renewable energies in mining; geometallurgical modelling and simulation of mineral process systems; systems modelling; and clean and efficient processing.

  • Ms Felicity Lloyd, CEO, Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition (HILT) CRC

    Felicity Lloyd

    Felicity has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide (SA).  She is a technical, operational and sustainability leader with more than 15 years’ of heavy industry experience at Adbri. In her most recent role as National Business Improvement and Sustainability Manager she has delivered a leading low carbon fuel strategic planning and implementation project utilising refuse derived fuels. Earlier roles included operational management and project engineering. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

  • Mr Chris McMahen, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Fortescue Metals Group

    Chris McMahen

    Chris has 33 years’ experience in the natural resources industry, including 12 years with Alcoa Australia in alumina refining, 19 years with Rio Tinto Iron Ore, 15 months with Anglo American based in London and more recently joining Fortescue Metals Group in August 2020. Following an 18 year career in analytical chemistry, QA/QC, R&D and process control, Chris undertook further university studies in Marketing & International Business, joining the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Technical Marketing team in Perth in March of 2006, moving to Anglo American in May 2019.

    The Technical Marketing function leads group product strategy and implementation processes, providing guidance on steel industry conditions and other market related intelligence, informing resource investment decisions and developments. This includes Value in Use analysis of iron ore products, which requires the collection of detailed customer and competitor intelligence, such as iron ore product qualities, hot metal making operating parameters, raw material burdens and purchasing decisions/behaviour. Chris led this function for Rio Tinto in the JKT and SE Asia regions, also providing support for the China based technical team in that market. At Anglo, Chris led this function for Europe, Americas and Mena, also developing advanced emissions related models to inform the immediate market context regarding decarbonisation initiatives in Europe, with application to other markets, in future time frames. Chris was recruited by FMG in August 2020, relocating to Perth to lead the Technical Marketing and Green Iron/Steel initiatives, as Group Manager Technical in Sales and Marketing.

    In addition to marketing and operational experience, Chris represents the Minerals Council of Australia on Technical Committee 102 of the International Standards Organisation and was the chairman of the MN2 management committee in Australia. In this role Chris leverages his considerable technical capability with regards to sampling and analysis methods, practices and procedures, and was responsible for protecting the interests of the iron ore industry and influencing the direction of research and development.

  • Ms Sabine Mitter, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

    Sabine Mitter

    Since 2004, Sabine Mitter has been working for the Austrian Government in the field of energy and environmental research, technology and innovation.

    Sabine is responsible for the national technology programme “IEA Research Cooperation” in the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. She is Austrian delegate in the IEA Committee for Energy Research and Technology, Chair of the IEA End-Use Working Party and Vice-Chair of the IEA Equality TCP.

    Since 2018, when Austria joined Mission Innovation, Sabine has been serving as senior official and supporting the Net Zero Industries Mission. She oversees the energy research activities of the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. Her thematic expertise is in solar thermal energy, heat pumps, energy efficiency, energy storage, industrial decarbonisation and gender equality.

  • Dr Alan Monaghan, Senior Vice President Technology & Expert Solutions - Mining, Minerals and Metals, Worley

    Alan Monaghan

    Alan is the Senior Vice President of Worley’s Technology & Expert Solutions (TES) team for the Mining, Minerals and Metals sector. 

    TES provides world class technical and innovative capabilities into Worley’s overall project delivery offering, leveraging our expertise in process and technology solutions to deliver outstanding and differentiated value into our client operations.

    Alan has over 25 years’ experience in senior and executive roles in the resources and construction sectors, spanning project and program management, technology & research commercialisation, and major strategy and change management programs, including business improvement programs and organisational restructures.

    A physicist and geophysicist by training, Alan has broad experience in senior management roles and a great depth of understanding of strategic issues affecting business performance.

  • Mr Simon Nitschke, Technologies Regional Director - Australia Pacific, Hatch

    Simon Nitschke

    Simon is currently the Regional Director of Hatch’s Technology Practice in Australasia. He has managed the engineering study and project delivery of large-scale pyrometallurgical facilities with a specific focus on smelting furnace design. His technical experience includes the thermal and mechanical design of furnace technology systems using a wide variety of analysis techniques and design tools and has managed the design, construction, commissioning and operation of various high temperature processing plants. Simon completed his engineering degree at The University of Adelaide before joining Hatch in Australia and has held various positions within the company based in Canada, South Africa and New Caledonia.

  • A/Prof John Pye, College of Engineering & Computer Science, ANU

    John Pye

    A/Prof John Pye is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. His areas of expertise include: energy generation, conversion and storage engineering; renewable power and energy systems engineering; process control and simulation; and mechanical engineering. 

    A/Prof Pye has been a researcher with the Solar Thermal Group at ANU since 2006. In 2012, he was a visiting scholar at Sandia National Laboratories, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Albuquerque, New Mexico. His research interests include: high-temperature solar-thermal energy systems; concentrating solar thermal power (CSP aka CST); energy systems modelling; free/open-source software for engineering; optics of non-imaging concentrators; solar receiver design; hybrid thermal energy systems; thermodynamic fluid property calculation; and biomass gasification in supercritical steam.

  • Dr Daniel Roberts, Research Director, Energy Technologies, CSIRO

    Daniel Roberts

    Daniel is the Director of CSIRO’s Hydrogen Energy Future Science Platform, an initiative driving new science and technology development in support of the emerging Australian hydrogen industry. Prior to this role, Daniel led CSIRO’s thermal and electrochemical research programs, and he continues to play a senior role in CSIRO’s gasification RD&D activities, where he represents Australia in IEA programs focussed on bioenergy. He has a background in environmental and industrial chemistry and has worked on projects ranging from lab-scale to industrial-scale, in Australia and internationally.

  • Prof Christian Sattler, German Aerospace Center, DLR

    Christian Sattler

    Prof. Dr. Christian Sattler studied chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany. He is acting director of the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Future Fuels and professor for solar fuel production at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He serves as vice president of the association Hydrogen Europe Research representing the European research institutions in the European Joint Undertaking for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen. He is the national representative to tasks of the IEA’s SolarPACES and Hydrogen Implementing Agreements and member of the ASME’s Clean Energy Technical Group.

  • Dr Alessio Scarsella, Director, Light Metals, Metso Outotec

    Alessio Scarsella

    Dr Alessio Scarsella is the Director of Metso Outotec’s Bauxite and Alumina Technology and has more than 17 years of experience in the Coal, Bauxite and Alumina industries. Dr Scarsella holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration and has held senior positions with Rio Tinto and Metso Outotec. Dr Scarsella has been accountable for delivering projects and technology which produce more than 4 million metric tonnes per annum of alumina and more than 10 million tonnes per annum of red mud in locations such as India, Brazil, Europe, the Middle East and Australia having a cumulative plant value of more than 1 billion Euro.

  • Prof Ellen B. Stechel, Co-Director, ASU LightWorks®, Arizona State University

    Ellen B. Stechel

    Ellen B. Stechel is Co-Director, ASU LightWorks®; Professor of Practice, Molecular Sciences; and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Lab, and Fellow in the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society. She has built and coordinated research programs at a national laboratory, in the automotive industry; at a U.S. government agency; and now in academia. Her current research focuses on materials and systems design for concentrating solar technologies for producing sustainable liquid hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide, hydrogen from advanced water splitting, clean water, renewable ammonia, and for thermochemical energy storage. Dr Stechel holds numerous positions of an advisory or editorial capacity, nationally and internationally, and has published over 100 peer reviewed articles. Recently a project team, in which she is a co-PI, won the U.S. Department of Energy 2021 R&D award for Hydrogen Production Technologies.

  • Prof Aldo Steinfeld, ETH Zurich

    Aldo Steinfeld

    Aldo Steinfeld (PhD University of Minnesota, 1989) is full professor at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering of ETH Zurich, where he holds the Chair of Renewable Energy Carriers ( His research program is aimed at the advancement of the thermal and chemical engineering sciences applied to renewable energy technologies. His fundamental research is focused on high-temperature heat/mass transfer phenomena and multi-phase reacting flows, with applications in concentrated solar power and fuels, thermochemical processing of carbon-neutral fuels and materials, CO2 direct air capture and utilization, energy storage and sustainable energy systems. Two spin-offs emerged from his research group: Climeworks commercialises the technology for CO2 capture from air, and Synhelion commercialises the technology for solar fuel production. Prof Steinfeld is member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.

  • Ms Margie Thomson, CEO, Cement Industry Federation

    Margie Thomson

    Margie Thomson is the Chief Executive Officer of the national peak body, the Cement Industry Federation, representing Australia’s cement manufacturing sector.

    As an experienced Chief Executive and Non-Executive Director, Margie has high level skills in policy development, strategy, advocacy, communication, public relations, negotiation, business planning, R&D project development and implementation, financial planning, organisational development, and public speaking.

    Margie has executive level experience across the Australian manufacturing and rural sectors, having represented a number of industry bodies at a state, federal and international level.

    Margie holds post graduate qualifications in economics and agricultural economics and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Mr John Tsalapatis, Metallurgy Manager, Liberty Primary Steel

    John Tsalapatis

    John Tsalapatis is a highly regarded iron and steel industry professional with over 30 years experience in applied technology and development and technical / operational leadership roles.  Since 2008, he has been the Metallurgy Manager Ironmaking for OneSteel / Liberty at Whyalla.

    John joined BHP in 1988, as a Process Development Scientist - Ironmaking Technology.  He has been involved throughout his professional career with BHP / OneSteel / Liberty, with a wide range of integrated and alternate ironmaking processes and raw materials development, optimisation and demonstration activities. These have included heat and mass balance process modelling, sensor development and operator guidance systems implementation, energy / emissions / waste mitigation projects and asset life extension.  Principal involvement in the ironmaking process transition from hematite to magnetite feed fluxed pellets and alternate ironmaking / direct smelting processes evaluation.

    He holds a Research Masters Degree in Metallurgy and Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Technology.

    John is working towards advancement of iron and steel sector decarbonisation initiatives and has been a strong industry advocate, from inception to approval, of the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition (HILT) CRC.  He is the Bureau of Steel Manufacturers of Australia representative on the Standards Australia Iron Ores and Direct Reduced Iron committee (MN-002).

  • Prof Shengping Wang, School of Chemical Engineering & Technology, Tianjin University

    Shengping Wang

    Shengping Wang earned her B.S. (1994) and M.S. (2000) degrees from Hebei University of Technology and her Ph.D. degree (2003) from Tianjin University, all in Chemical Engineering. She joined the faculty of Tianjin University in 2003, where she is currently a full professor in Chemical Engineering. She was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley with the cooperation of Professor Enrique Iglesia in 2012-2013. Her research interests in surface science and catalysis include the utilization of synthesis gas, and capture and utilization of CO2, with particular emphasis on design and structure-performance relationship of catalytic and adsorbent materials. She has published more than 120 papers in prestigious journals such as Energy Environ. Sci., ACS Catal., Appl. Catal. B, J. Catal., J. Mater. Chem., Nanoscale, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, AIChE J., Chem. Eng. J., Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., Microporous Mesoporous Mater. She has also obtained 35 patents in China and 7 patents in U.S, Europe, Japan and India.

  • Mr Buhle Xakalashe, Chief Engineer, Mintek, South Africa

    Buhle Xakalashe

    Buhle Xakalashe holds a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, which was funded through a Mintek bursary. He was seconded by Mintek to undertake an MSc Eng in Materials Technology with a specialisation in silicon and ferroalloy production at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is a member of the Technical Programme, and Diversity and Inclusion in the Minerals Industry (DIMI) committees of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).

    Buhle has over 15 years of research and development experience in the field of pyrometallurgy from the following local and global institutions: Mintek (South Africa), NTNU/SINTEF (Norway), RWTH Aachen University (Germany), KU Leuven (Belgium) and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (Greece). He has been involved in metallurgical projects covering a range of commodities including silicon for the solar industry, Ilmenite and vanadium bearing titanomagnetite smelting, FeMn production and smelting of secondary resources for the recovery of Al, Ti, Sc and REEs as well as conditioning of the mineral by-product for downstream application and value reclamation. He has industrial experience through a stint at TRONOX Namakwa Sands’ DC arc furnace operation for the production of high TiO2 slag and pig iron. Furthermore, he has experience in hydrometallurgical processing through an acid mine drainage collaborative project with Wits University, and collaborative research undertakings with researchers from leading European universities on the utilisation of conditioned slags for recovery of valuable elements.

    His publications to date, for which he has been a co-author, include over 25 peer-reviewed papers divided into conference proceedings presented at international conferences in South Africa and a number of countries in Europe, and journal papers published in leading international journals.

    Buhle is currently a Chief Engineer in the Pyrometallurgy Division at Mintek working as a technical consultant on strategic projects within the division. He is building a strong network in his field globally and wishes to contribute in the development of Africa.

  • Mr Li Xinchuang, Chairman and Chief Engineer, China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute (MPI)

    Li Xinchuang

    Mr. Li Xinchuang, Professorate Senior Engineer and Registered Consulting Engineer (investment), receives a special allowance approved by the State Council, Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He works as Chairman and Chief Engineer of the China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute (MPI), and as Vice Chairman of the China Iron & Steel Association (CISA); Vice Director General of the China Energy Conservation Association (CECA); and Member of the Expert Committee of the 14th Five-year National Development Plan. He is also a Member of the National Expert Committee on Climate Change and Chief Expert of the Research Office of National Air Pollution Prevention and Control Center.

    Mr Xinchuang has participated in and undertaken developmental planning of China’s iron & steel industry from the “8th Five Year Plan” to the “14th Five Year Plan”, as well as study and formulation of related industrial policies. He has participated in and undertaken development planning for several hundred domestic and overseas iron & steel enterprises, including early stage debate for key projects. He has been invited to participate in the 25th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Industry and G20 Steel Forum, and in numerous international planning consultations and cooperation negotiations. He has great influence in the industry due to his rich experience in large project organization and in-depth research on industrial development and market dynamics.  

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