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Dr. Max Mann obtained his PhD from Flinders University in 2022 focusing on developing new polymers for coating, composites, environmental remediation and mining applications. During his PhD, Max applied the polymers used in mining applications to recover precious metals from electronic waste. For this work he received the 2022 SA Environment Award in the category “Innovation Award” and the 2022 Green Industries SA Circular Economy Student Award. After finishing his PhD Max held a postdoctoral position at Flinders University, continuing his work in precious metal recovery from electronic waste. During this time, he also developed and modified metal organic cages for short chain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) capture. Max joined Dr. Andrew Frierdich’s Group at Monash in May 2022 and is working on critical metal recovery from mine tailings as well as carbon mineralisation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, Sulfur copolymers for coatings, composites, and mining applications, Flinders University

Award Date: 26 May 2022

Research area keywords

  • Ore processing
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Material Science

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