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Dr Seher Ata is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mining Engineering and conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Prior to joining UNSW, she was a Research Academic at the Centre for Multiphase Processes, at Newcastle University.
Dr Ata’s research interests focus in fundamental and applied research into froth flotation, a separation technique widely used for treating of fine-size ores. She has worked on a wide range of projects which have concentrated on bubble-particle interaction, froth phase behaviour in industrial flotation cells, recovery of particles in the froth phase and froth visualisation. Specifically, her research has typically focused on bubble breakup and coalescence, detachment of particles from bubble surfaces, influence of particles on bubble stability, froth stability and, bubble formation and growth. Her research has also included coalescence of oil drops and assembly of particles including nanoparticles at air-water and fluid interfaces, a process important for emulsions stabilization.
Dr Ata has been chief investigator on an ARC Linkage and two ARC Discovery projects, an ARC LIF grant and two industrial projects (AMIRA and AkzoNobel). She is an active reviewer for competitive national and international grants and several high impact journals. In 2011, she was elected to the University of Newcastle’s Emerging Research Leadership Program based on her outstanding research outcomes. She is currently the Director of Masters (research) and Coordinator of the Taste of Research.