Researcher biography


Dr Hong Peng is now Advance Qld Industry Research Fellow(Mid-career) after being an Amplify Fellow and Advance Queensland Research Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland (UQ). He gained a Bachelor's degree in Minerals Engineering and a Master's degree in Microbiology at Central South University, China followed by a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at UQ. Before joining UQ Hong had experience as a chemical engineer in industry working for Its technology centre and Olympic Dam at BHP Billiton.


Hong's research focuses on the fundamental aspects of mineral processing, interfacial colloid science, leaching kinetics and precipitation reactions as well as molecular dynamics simulation. These projects are of interest to the nanobubbles, mine tailings, zeolite, clay minerals, base metals and alumina refining industries.

Projects and Research Grants:

  1. Green synthesis of adsorption materials from clay minerals, 2019-2020, UniQuest Pathfinder, $24K (Leading CI)
  2. Unlocking Queensland's bauxite ore reserves through process technology innovation. Advance Queensland Research Fellowship (Early Career), 2016-2019, Queensland Government, $430K (Leading CI).
  3. Desilication product characterisation and chemical thermodynamic solubility model, 2017-2020, Alumina Quality Workshop (Inc) Association, $120K (CI)
  4. Quantitative phase analysis of bauxite ore and Bayer process residues (red mud), 2016-2018, Shanghai Synchrotron Access Program. 2016-2018 (Leading CI)
  5. Effect of Leaching Process on Distribution of Minor Valuable Elements in Bauxite Residue, 2018-2020, Shanghai Synchrotron Access Program. 2018-2020 ( Leading CI)
  6. Chemically modified bayer process desilication, 2015-2019, Rio Tinto Limited, $233K (Industry fund, CI)
  7. Synthesis of high purity alumina from kaolin, Industry funding, 2019-2020, Abercorn Kaolin Limited, $220K. (Industry fund, CI)

Teaching and Learning:

  • Lecturer in Process Modelling and Dynamics (CHEE3007)
  • Lecturer in Engineering Investigation & Statistical Analysis (CHEE2010)
  • Lecturer in Chemical Thermodynamics (CHEE3003)

Research Interests

  • Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy

Precipitation, crystallisation, bioleaching, froth flotation, nanobubbles

  • Chemical Engineering

Valorisation of bauxite residue and mine tailings, Zeolite, Alum, Environmental functional materials, MD Simulation