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Dr Massimiliano (Max) Zanin

Max ZaninContact Details
Tel: +61 8 8302 3263
Fax: +61 8 8302 3683
Email: massimiliano.zanin@unisa.edu.au

Senior Research Fellow in Mineral Processing
Sector Coordinator: Mineral Processing

BEng Trieste, Italy PhD Cagliari, Italy

Max Zanin graduated in Mineral Processing Engineering at the University of Trieste (Italy) in 1996. His thesis work was on the Simulation and Modelling of Flotation Networks. He completed his PhD in Earth and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cagliari (Italy) in 2000. The subject of his research was the use of mineral processing technologies for the recovery of Secondary Raw Materials, and in particular for plastic recycling. He carried out his research at the Universities of Trieste (Italy), Cagliari (Italy) and Delft (The Netherlands), under the supervision of Prof G Ferrara. He then spent three years at the Department of Chemical, Environmental and Raw Materials Engineering of the University of Trieste, as a Post-doctorate Research Fellow. In 2002 he was selected by the Italian Ministry for the Environment as an expert in solid waste recycling technologies and sustainable development and worked in Rome until early 2003.

Max joined the University of South Australia in 2003 and since then, has been the leader of several research projects for the minerals industry. Max has been heavily involved in technology transfer to the industry, acting as team leader and case studies manager in the AMIRA International projects P541B on flotation froths and P260E on sulphide minerals flotation. He is currently Chief Investigator in the AMIRA P260F project on flotation and Linkage component.

His expertise ranges from flotation chemistry to physical separation processes, clean energy technologies, simulation and modelling.

Research Interests
Mineral processing: froth flotation and dynamic dense medium separation, fundamental and applied studies. Plant surveys, theory of sampling, mass balance, simulation and modelling.
Solid waste treatment: application of mineral processing technologies for the separation and recovery of solid waste fractions (plastics, glass, paper, metals).
Technologies for polluted soil remediation.
Sustainable use of resources and optimization of processes in general.

Supervisor - Available Postgraduate/Honours Projects
Size reduction, surface cleaning and evidence for preferential oxidation of fine sulfide minerals (P)

Selected Publications
Chipfunhu, D., Zanin, M., and Grano, S.R., 2010. The dependency of the critical contact angle for flotation on particle size - modelling the flotation limits for fine particles. Miner. Eng 24 (2011); 50-57 (A*, IF=1.022)
Muganda, S., Zanin, M., and Grano, S.R., 2010. Influence of Particle Size and Contact Angle on the Flotation of Chalcopyrite in a Laboratory Batch Flotation Cell. Int. J. Miner. Process. v 98, n 3-4, p 150-162 (A*, IF=1.017).
M Zanin, S Grano and I Ametov. Technical challenges in the flotation of molybdenite from porphyry copper ores. XXV International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC 2010), Brisbane, 6, 10 September 2010.
Zanin, M., Ametov, I., Grano, S., Zhou, L. and Skinner, W., 2009, A study of mechanisms affecting molybdenite recovery in a bulk copper/molybdenum flotation circuit�, Int. J. Miner. Process. 93 (2009), 256-266. (A*, IF=1.017). (*)
Zanin, M., Wightman, E., Grano, S. R. and Franzidis, J.-P., 2009, Quantifying Contributions to Froth Stability in Porphyry Copper Plants, Int. Journal of Mineral Proc. 91 (2009), pp. 19-27. (A*, IF=1.017).
S. Gredelj, M. Zanin, S.R. Grano, 2008, Selective flotation of carbon in Pb-Zn carbonaceous sulphide ores�, Minerals Engineering 22 (2009), pp. 279-288. (A*, IF=1.022).
Ametov, I., Grano, S. R., Zanin, M., S. Gredelj, R. Magnuson, T. Bolles and B. Triffett, 2008, Copper and Molybdenite Recovery in Plant and Batch Laboratory Cells in Porphyry Copper Rougher Flotation, XXIV International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC 2008), Beijing, 2008.
Zanin, M., Gredelj, S. and Grano, S.R., 2008. Factors Affecting Froth Stability in Mineral Flotation and Implications on Minerals Recovery: A Case Study. In: Kuyvenhoven, R., Gomez, C. and Casali, A. (Eds.),
Proceedings of Procemin 2008, Santiago (Chile), 197-206.(*)
Wightman, E., Zanin, M., Franzidis, J.-P., and Grano, S. R., 2007. Relating froth vision to cell operating performance in industrial flotation plants, Chemeca 2007 Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, 23-26 Sept 2007, pp. 1629-1634.
Zanin, M., Grano, S. R., Wightman, E. and Franzidis, J.-P., 2007. Froth stability as a performance indicator in sulphide minerals flotation plants, Chemeca 2007 Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, 23-26 Sept 2007, pp. 350-357.
M. Zanin and S.R. Grano, 2006. Selecting Frothers for the Flotation of Specific Ores by Means of Batch Scale Foaming Tests. Proceedings of MetPlant 2006, Perth (Australia). Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Publication Series, p 339-349, 2006.
P. Bevilacqua and M. Zanin, 2002, A simulation procedure for the design of dense medium separation circuits, 8th Samancor Symposium on Dense Media - Port Douglas (Australia), 2002.
G. Ferrara, P. Bevilacqua, L. De Lorenzi and M. Zanin, 2000, Influence of Particle Shape on Dynamic DMS Processes�. Proceedings of the XXI Int. Min. Proc. Congress, Roma, 2000, A7, pp. 95-104.
G. Ferrara, P. Bevilacqua, L. De Lorenzi and M. Zanin, The influence of particle shape on the Dynamic Dense Medium Separation of Plastics, Int. Journal of Mineral Proc., 59, n3, pp.225-236 (2000)
M. Zanin and P. Bevilacqua, 1999, Influence of particles shape on the behaviour of dynamic dense medium separation in the low densities range (post-consumer plastics), Proceedings of REWAS, 99, San Sebastian (Spain), 4-9 Sept. 1999, 1, pp.917-925.
G.D. Schena and M.Zanin, Numerical prediction of mineral liberation spectra, Transactions of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, 108 - section C (1999)
G.D.Schena, M. Zanin and A. Chiarandini, 1997, Procedures for the automatic design of flotation networks, Int.Journal of Min. Processing, 52, pp.137-160 (1997)
G.D. Schena, M. Zanin and A. Casali, 1997, Process -optimisation and -route selection driven by economic objective functions, 5th South Hemisphere Meeting on Mineral Technology, Buenos Aires (Argentina), pp.345-348 (1997).
G.D. Schena and M. Zanin, 1997, Development of a synthesizer for the design of flotation networks, Proceedings of the XX Int. Min. Proc. Congress, Aachen (Germany), 1, pp.293-302 (1997).