Professor George V. Franks

Qualifications
SB(MIT), PhD(UCSB)
Position
Executive Member
Phone Number
61 3 8344 9020
Fax Number
61 3 8344 4153
Email
Department
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Research Group

Ceramics and Minerals Processing Group

Office Location
Rm 3.19, Bldg 165
Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae

George Franks

Research Interests

  • Novel ceramics powder processing
  • Ultra High Temperature Ceramics
  • Porous ceramic materials
  • Sustainable use of water in minerals processing, flocculation and flotation
  • Suspension rheology
  • Surface and colloid chemistry, nano-scale interactions
  • Ab-initio modelling of oxide surfaces
  • Microstructure-property relationship modelling

Ten Most Significant Relevant Publications

Cit = number of ISI citations as at Nov 2015 and JIF = Journal Impact Factor

1. T. N. Hunter, R J. Pugh, G. V. Franks and G. J. Jameson, “The Role of Particles in Stabilising Foams and Emulsions” (Review), Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 137, 57-81, (2008).  (Cit = 252, JIF = 8.12)

2. S. B. Johnson, G. V. Franks, P. J. Scales, D. V. Boger and T. W. Healy, "Surface Chemistry-Rheology Relationships in Concentrated Mineral Suspensions", (Review), International Journal of Mineral Processing, 58, 267-304 (2000).   (Cit = 168, JIF = 1.30)

3. G. V. Franks, “Zeta Potentials and Yield Stresses of Silica Suspensions in Concentrated Monovalent Electrolytes: Isoelectric Point Shift and Additional Attraction”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 249, 44-51 (2002). (Cit = 109, JIF = 3.07)

4. G. V. Franks and L. Meagher, “The Isoelectric Points of Sapphire Crystals and Alpha-Alumina Powder”, Colloids and Surfaces A:, 214, 99-110 (2003). (Cit = 102, JIF =2.24)

5. G. V. Franks and Y. Gan, “Charging Behavior at the Alumina-Water Interface and Implications for Ceramic Processing” Feature Article (Review), Front Cover, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 90[11] 3373-3388 (2007).  (Cit = 85, JIF = 2.27)

6. G. V. Franks, S.B. Johnson, P.J. Scales, D.V. Boger, T.W. Healy, “Ion Specific Strength of Attractive Particle Networks”, Langmuir, 15, 4411-4420 (1999).  (Cit = 74, JIF = 4.19)

7. Y. Zhou and G. V. Franks, “Flocculation Mechanism Induced by Cationic Polymers Investigated by Light Scattering”, Langmuir, 22, 6775-6786 (2006).   (Cit = 63, JIF = 4.19).

8. E. Burdukova, H. Li, N. Ishida, J.-P. O'Shea and G. V. Franks, “Temperature Controlled Surface Hydrophobicity and Interaction Forces Induced by Poly (N-Isopropylacrylamide)”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 342, 586-592 (2010). (Cit = 30, JIF = 3.07) 

9. H. C. Weerasinghe, P. M. Sirimanne, G. V. Franks, G. P. Simon and Y. B. Cheng, “Low temperature chemically sintered nano-crystalline TiO2 electrodes for flexible dye-sensitized solar cells”, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 213, 30-36 (2010).   (Cit = 45, JIF = 2.42)

10. C. C. R. Sutton, G. da Silva, and G. V. Franks, “First Principles pKa Calculations on Carboxylic Acids Using the SMD Solvation Model: Effect of Thermodynamic Cycle, Model Chemistry, and Explicit Solvent Molecules”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 116, 11999-12006 (2012). (Cit = 14, JIF = 3.70)