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Leon Prentice Named 2013 de Nora Prize Winner

TMS Energy News ArticlePosted on 11/23/2012 12:00:00 AM: Leon Prentice, senior research engineer, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, Australia, earned the 2013 Vittorio de Nora Prize for Environmental Improvements in Metallurgical Industries for his work on MagSonic™—a technology that enables magnesium production by carbothermal reduction. He will discuss the technology in his de Nora Prize lecture, “It Is Rocket Science: the Engineering and Impact of Carbothermal Magnesium Technology” at the TMS 2013 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, March 3-7, in San Antonio, Texas.

At laboratory scale, the MagSonic process indicates the potential to cut the energy consumption required for magnesium production by half and reduce its environmental impact by 85 percent. “I’m proud of the work that my team and I have put in over the last few years, and I think the environmental sustainability advantages of the MagSonic technology are evident. I’m hoping that those advantages can be realized in practice in the near future, as the technology is developed and scaled up to make a major impact in the industry,” Prentice said. “It’s also a profound honor to be selected for the prize, as I know many very able researchers and colleagues who are doing excellent work and making a difference in metallurgical industries.”
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