Professor Robin Batterham

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 3.15
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Aluminium production
  • Brown coal dewatering
  • Comminution

Personal webpage


After a period as an honorary staff member and a Professorial Fellow, Professor Robin Batterham joined the Melbourne School of Engineering as Kernot Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. Professor Batterham is devoted to furthering energy research in the University and is deeply involved with the Melbourne Energy Institute. He brings considerable expertise and experience to the School, building on his long and very distinguished career in industry and government. He is past President of the Academy of Technology and Engineering (2007-2012), former Chief Scientist of Australia (1999-2005), past President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and named several times in Engineers Australia’s list of the 100 Most Influential Engineers. He has twice chaired the International Mineral Processing Congress, Chairs the selection panels for both the Australia India Strategic Research Fund and the Australia China Strategic Research Fund and chaired the International Energy Agency Expert Group on Science for Energy. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in Chemical Engineering in 1965 and PhD in 1969. After post-doctoral studies in the United Kingdom at the central laboratories of ICI (UK) he returned to Australia as a research scientist with the Division of Chemical Engineering in CSIRO. During this period of his professional career he undertook a significant number of innovative projects in the mineral processing field and he was ultimately appointed as Chief of the Division of Mineral and Process Engineering at the CSIRO in 1985. During his career with CSIRO, Dr Batterham promoted close interactions with industry, leading to the development of a number of novel processes which are in use today in the mineral sector in Australia and overseas. In 1988 he was approached by CRA Ltd, now Rio Tinto Limited, to take a major role in technology development for that company. Many of the company's industrial technology successes are a result of Professor Batterham's work. Prof Batterham is a Fellow by election of: the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Corresponding Fellow of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, Foreign Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering (USA) and Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Fellowship of Professional Organisations include: the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Management, the Iron & Steel Society America, the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Professor Batterham is a recipient of the Kernot medal from Melbourne University, the President’s Medal of the Australian Sugar Cane Technologists, the Chemeca Medal, the Esso Award for Chemical Engineering, the AusIMM Institute Medal 2004, the AusIMM President’s Medal, the Centenary Medal of Australia and recently the AusIMM Sir William Connolly Memorial Medal. He is a member of the Order of Australia and has three doctorates (honoris causa). Professor Batterham is also an organist, holding a position for over 20 years at Scots Church in Melbourne. He is a member of Council of the University of Melbourne and is Adviser or Board Member of four companies.

Recent publications

  1. Hofgen E, Collini D, Batterham R, Scales P, Stickland A. High pressure dewatering rolls: Comparison of a novel prototype to existing industrial technology. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 205. DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2019.03.080
  2. Batterham R, Robinson DJ. The future of mining: Will in place recovery ever come of age?. IMPC 2018 - 29th International Mineral Processing Congress. 2019.
  3. Batterham R, Robinson DJ. Will In-Place Recovery Ever Replace the Need for Flotation?. MINING METALLURGY & EXPLORATION. Dr Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag. 2019, Vol. 36, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1007/s42461-018-0030-x
  4. Tordesillas A, Zhou Z, Batterham R. A data-driven complex systems approach to early prediction of landslides. MECHANICS RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 92. DOI: 10.1016/j.mechrescom.2018.08.008
  5. Turner RE, Philp DK, Batterham R, Thornton GJ, Thurlby JA. COMPUTER ASSISTED CONTROL OF PELLET INDURATION.. ASTM Special Technical Publication. 2017.
  6. Batterham R. Innovation in mining and mineral recovery. AusIMM Bulletin. The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. 2017, Issue 6.
  7. Batterham R. The mine of the future - Even more sustainable. Conference on Sustainable Minerals. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 107. DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2016.11.001
  8. Batterham R. Compromise through Competition: A More Widely Applicable Approach?. ENGINEERING. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 2, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1016/J.ENG.2016.03.009
  9. HÖfgen E, Stickland A, Scales P, Batterham R. Superposition of compression and shear in filtration. FILTECH 2016. 2016.
  10. Batterham R. Discounting Innovation Could Undermine Climate Objectives. Cornerstone. 2015, Vol. 3, Issue 3.
  11. Franks G, Forbes E, Oshitani J, Batterham R. Economic, water and energy evaluation of early rejection of gangue from copper ores using a dry sand fluidised bed separator. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MINERAL PROCESSING. Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 137. DOI: 10.1016/j.minpro.2015.03.001
  12. Batterham R. Lessons in sustainability from the mining industry. 2nd International Symposium on Innovation and Technology in the Phosphate Industry (SYMPHOS). Elsevier BV. 2014, Vol. 83. Editors: Amalhay M. DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.09.002
  13. Batterham R. International perspectives on innovation: Collaboration is a key in innovation priorities. Science Technology Innovation: Australia and India. Australia India Institute. 2013.
  14. Batterham R. Major Trends in the Mineral Processing Industry. BHM Berg- und Hüttenmännische Monatshefte. Springer Wien. 2013, Vol. 158, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1007/s00501-013-0109-0
  15. Batterham R. The critical importance of innovation for the future of coal. Cornerstone. Wiley - John Wiley & Sons. 2013, Vol. 1, Issue 2.

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