Conference Program

Lithium and Battery Metals Digital Conference 2020 - Program

Click on the sessions below to see our amazing line up of keynote speakers and presentation topics.

All times listed below are in Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) and recordings will be made available on-demand for up to 6 months post event.

* Please note: the program is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the organising committee.
SESSION 1: The Lithium and Battery Metals industry - The Current and Future Market | Tuesday 18 August AWST

9.00am – 9.05am | Welcome from the Conference Chair
A/Prof Gamini Senanayake MAusIMM, Murdoch University

9.05am – 9.10am | AusIMM Welcome
Janine Herzig, FAusIMM(CP), President, AusIMM

9.10am – 9.15am | Murdoch University Welcome
Professor Eeva Leinonen, Vice Chancellor, Murdoch University

9.15am – 9.20am | Ministerial Address
Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

Keynote Session Chair: Dr Stephen Grocott, Chief Executive Officer, Pure Minerals Limited

9.20am – 9.50am | Keynote Presentation: The future is electric – batteries will be key 
Prof Ray Wills, Managing Director, Future Smart Strategies

9.50am – 10.20am | Keynote Presentation: Australian battery recycling challenges and opportunities
Andrew Mackenzie, Managing Director, Envirostream Australia Pty Ltd
Andrew will present on the challenges of battery collection, transport, volumes and recycling. Topics covered will go into details regarding regulation, hazards, chemistry types and commodities produced via todays extraction technology.

10.20am – 10.50am | Keynote Presentation: Lithium and battery metals in Australia – where to next?
Dr Chris Vernon, Program Director, Processing, CSIRO Mineral Resources
Lithium is the element most talked about when energy storage and batteries are discussed. The investment literature and consultant reports abound with consumption curves for lithium based on projections of uptake of electric vehicles.  There are a number of new processes now available to extract lithium from minerals other than spodumene, and the US has declared lithium a critical metal, despite its apparent abundance in Australia and South America. We have talk of Kwinana becoming “lithium valley”. While it’s true that lithium does all of the heavy lifting in a lithium ion battery, as Elon Musk observed, “Lithium-ion batteries are nickel batteries”. But even this statement is too simplistic. Lithium is essential, but so are a number of other elements in making Li-ion batteries. This talk will examine the role of each of those interconnected elements in the battery value chain, the production of each of those in Australia, and the obvious progress that Australia could make in the value-add from simple commodities, to battery grade chemicals, to engineered precursors, to batteries themselves.

10.50am – 11.05am | 15 Minute Break

11.05am – 11.35am | Panel Discussion 
Speakers:
Dr Stephen Grocott,
Chief Executive Officer, Pure Minerals Limited
Andrew Mackenzie, Managing Director, Envirostream Australia Pty Ltd
Jessica Robinson, Head, Critical Minerals Facilitation Office
Prof Ray Wills, Managing Director, Future Smart Strategies
Dr Chris Vernon, Program Director, Processing, CSIRO Mineral Resources

Moderator: Dr Keith Barnard, Group Leader-Hydrometallurgy, CSIRO Mineral Resources

11.35am – 12.00pm | Networking

Session sponsored by Pure Minerals Ltd

SESSION 2: Investment, Risk and Economics | Wednesday 19 August AWST

9.00am – 9.05am | Session Opening and recap of day 1
A/Prof Gamini Senanayake MAusIMM, Murdoch University

9.05am – 9.35am | Keynote Presentation: Global Commodities: COVID-19 and Climate change
Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist Australia and New Zealand, HSBC
COVID-19 has forced many commodity prices lower recently, and created significant uncertainty about the global growth outlook. At the same time, climate change remains increasingly in focus. The dynamics of these two forces are driving commodity markets, and, in particular, those of the battery-related materials.

9.35am – 10.05am | Keynote Presentation: Shaping a new reality – exploring innovation trends and the implications for the mining sector
Ashley Brown, Director, KPMG Digital Delta, KPMG Australia

10.05am – 10.35am | Keynote Presentation: The Role of Geological Surveys in developing Critical Minerals Strategies
Jeffrey Haworth, Executive Director Geological Survey and Resource Strategy, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)
For all critical mineral strategies (and future battery strategies) the geological survey of that country or jurisdiction has been involved in the design and implementation of the Strategy. For WA’s Future Battery Industry strategy, GSWA is involved in providing data for explorers and government on the various minerals we have and an understanding of the mineral systems that create the deposits. The British Geological Survey and USGS both provided information on the location of resources world-wide to inform their critical minerals strategy.

10.35am – 10.50am | 15 Minute Break

10.50am – 11.20am | Panel Discussion
Speakers:
Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist Australia and New Zealand, HSBC
Ashley Brown, Director, KPMG Digital Delta, KPMG Australia
Jeffrey Haworth, Executive Director Geological Survey and Resource Strategy, DMIRS

Moderator: Adrian Griffin, Managing Director, Lithium Australia

11.20am – 11.50am | Networking

SESSION 3: Battery Minerals and Brines, Exploration, Geology and Mineralogy, Metallurgical Processing, Environmental Safety and Recycling | Tuesday 25 August AWST

9.00am – 9.05am | Session Opening and recap of day 2
Dr Chris Griffith, Senior Process Chemist / Business Development Lead, ANSTO

9.05am – 9.35am | Keynote Presentation: Printable Lithium: Driving Energy Density Improvements
Marina Yakovleva, Director of R&D and New Product Technology, Livent, USA

9.35am – 10.05am | Keynote Presentation: Development trends of Lithium extraction from Spodumene concentrates
Jeremy Chang, Executive Director, Sichuan Calciner Technology, China

10.05am – 10.35am | Keynote Presentation: Emerging opportunities and challenges for natural and manufactured pozzolans: an Australian Perspective
Craig Heidrich, Executive Director, Australasian Pozzolan Association (APozA)
Pozzolans include a broad category of materials, both naturally occurring, processed materials, and by-products of various manufacturing processes but can be generally defined as being mainly siliceous or silico-aluminous or dicalcium silicates material that will, in finely divided form and in the presence of moisture, chemically react with calcium hydroxide at ordinary temperatures to form compounds having cementitious properties.  Whilst natural pozzolans sources are well understood, there is an emerging class of manufactured pozzolans arising from various non-metallurgical and mineral processing industries which warrants greater focus given ‘Circular Economy’ drivers to minimise wastes generated. One example is lithium aluminosilicate by-products. To put in context, Australia is fast becoming a major stakeholder in the global supply of lithium products given its large resources of spodumene. This lithium bearing mineral occurs in hard rock pegmatites and can be processed to extract lithium compounds used to make valuable products such as lithium ion batteries, ceramics and lubricants, creating a lithium aluminosilicate by-product. This presentation discusses the journey towards the creation of the Australasian Pozzolan Association, in particular key projects defining material(s) and characteristic(s) for use as mineral binders such as; cement, lime, amorphous silica, slag or coal ash. The Association has committed to developing a new Standard to facilitate resource beneficial use through well-defined standards ensuring these resources can be incorporated into value added applications.

10.35am – 10.50am | 15 Minute Break

10.50am – 11.20am | Panel Discussion
Speakers:
Marina Yakovleva, Global Commercial Manager, New Product Technology Development, FMC Corporation
Jeremy Chang, Executive Director, Sichuan Calciner Technology
Craig Heidrich, Executive Director, Australasian Pozzolan Association (APozA)

Moderator: Dr Chris Griffith, Senior Process Chemist / Business Development Lead, ANSTO

11.20am – 11.50am | Networking

SESSION 4: Challenges for batteries, capacitors, energy storage and data science | Wednesday 26 August AWST

9.00am – 9.05am | Session Opening and recap of day 3
Dr Ivor Roberts,
Executive Director Mineral Titles Division, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety (DMIRS)

9.05am – 9.35am | Keynote Presentation: The Future Battery Industries CRC: Catalysing Australia’s industry potential in the circular economy of batteries
Jacques Eksteen, Chief Operating Officer and Research Director, Future Battery Industries CRC
The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) commenced with its activities in July 2019 after being awarded CRC status in April 2019. A review of the 1st year of operations will be presented, with an emphasis on the first wave of research and scene setting projects.

9.35am – 10.05am | Keynote Presentation: Charging ahead: A UK perspective on technology metals and their role in delivering a net zero economy
Andrew Bloodworth, Science Director Policy: Decarbonisation and Resource Management, British Geological Survey, UK
Action on climate change and the transition to a low- or zero-carbon economy are strategic priorities for many countries around the world including the UK. Amongst many other measures, this will require large-scale deployment of decarbonisation technologies for transport, energy conversion and storage, and industry. This transformative roll-out will consume large quantities of minerals and metals, including those ‘technology metals’ needed to manufacture batteries.

10.05am – 10.35am | Keynote Presentation: Battery materials, where we’re at and what’s next
Hamutal Ben Bassat, VP Business Development, Nano One, Canada

10.35am – 10.50am | 15 Minute Break

10.50am – 11.20am | Panel Discussion
Speakers:
Hamutal Ben Bassat,
VP Business Development, Nano One
Jacques Eksteen, Chief Operating Officer and Research Director, Future Battery Industries CRC

Moderator: Dr Ivor Roberts, Executive Director Mineral Titles Division, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety (DMIRS)

11.20am – 11.25am | Official Conference Close
A/Prof Gamini Senanayake MAusIMM, Murdoch University

On Demand Content

Explore a suite of on demand technical presentations, available to watch at a time convenient to you for up to 6 months post event.

To view the conference abstracts, click here.


Batteries and capacitors for energy storage

  • Adrian Griffin, Lithium Australia – Lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) – the path to safer and superior lithium ion batteries
  • Manickam Minakshi, Murdoch University – Beyond Lithium: Is Sodium Ion Battery a Viable Option?


Battery metals (nickel, cobalt and other)

  • Echo Ma, Argus Media – Risks and opportunities coexist in battery market in 2020


Data science

  • Abhijit Chatterjee, Dassault Systemes Biovia – Accelerated Li-battery development using machine learning
  • Kevin Wong, Murdoch University – Data Science using Machine Learning Techniques for Lithium Battery


Downstream Processing

  • Damian Connelly, Mets Engineering Group – Processing options for producing lithium hydroxides


Exploration and geology

  • Stephen Barber, Altura Mining Ltd – Using advanced technology to study the geology and mineralisation of the Altura Lithium Mine
  • François Doucet, Elemission Inc – Fast analysis of lithium in ore samples by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy
  • Dylan Hemraj, Pells Sullivan Meynink – Geotechnical attributes of hard rock Lithium deposits
  • Andrew Job, Plotlogic – Hyperspectral imaging for enhanced grade control in lithium mining operations
  • Andrew Somers, Sciaps Inc – Improved laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analysis of lithium and other critical elements using nanoparticulate samples


Investment, risk and economics

  • Colin Roberts, Natural Resource Geo-strategy Pty Ltd – Mitigation of Foreign Direct Investment Risk in Fragile Foreign Jurisdictions
  • Phillip Thomas, Gurtan Pty Ltd – Lithium industry latest developments – the impact of COVID-19 and drop in lithium prices


Metallurgy and processing

  • Mahmoud Alhadad, Murdoch University – Metallurgical alkaline pressure leaching of spodumene (LiAlSi2O6)
  • Maximiliano Alvarez Abarca, Murdoch University – Use of electrodialysis for concentration of lithium from brines
  • Graham Arvidson, Primero Group – Applying operational excellence principles at WA spodumene concentrators to drive rapid ramp-up and production success
  • Mark Aylmore, Curtin University – Investigations into improving efficiencies in exploration, mineral beneficiation and processing for lithium pegmatite deposits in Western Australia
  • Johannes Chischi, Murdoch University – Natural alteration as source of high Fe2O3 contents in spodumene ores
  • Arif Abdullah, Murdoch University – Kinetics of Non-Isothermal Transformation of Crystalline α-spodumene (LiAlSi2O6)
  • Lauri Koresaar, Metso Outotec – On-stream lithium analysis in spodumene concentration
  • James Mulwanda, Murdoch University – Alkaline pressure leaching of lepidolite and lithium recovery
  • Olga Narygina, Malvern Panalytical, a division of Spectris Australia Pty Ltd – Accurate mineralogical analysis for the increased efficiency of hard rock lithium ore beneficiation
  • Muhammad Kashif Nazir, WASM, Curtin University – Calcination effect on coarse rejection in hard rock lithium ore
  • Carlos Sorentino, Ekos Research – Novel Lithium Recovery Method for Li-Rich Brines


Recycling, environmental and safety

  • Kai Lim, Murdoch University – A safety design review of Lithium Ion Batteries
  • Carlito Tabelin, UNSW Sydney – Unconventional lithium resources, lithium-ion battery recycling and advances in processing-purification: An overview